The Manila Times : Cebu, other cities seen as future PH devt hubs

31 October 2021

By Javier Joe Ismael | The Manila Times

ORMER senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., a candidate for president in the May 2022 elections, told Cebuanos in a recent visit that big urban hubs, such as Cebu City, will be the centers of development in the future.

"I think we can always count on Cebu City [to being] a hub of economic development," Marcos said.

According to the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard-bearer, he has several plans for Cebu province itself, it being the center of commerce in the Visayas region.

If elected in next year's polls, Marcos said, he is determined to continue the development that his father, former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., pursued, recalling the creation of the Mactan Export Processing Zone, reputedly a main driver of Cebu's economic progress until the present.

"The big urban hubs will be the centers of development in the future, so Cebu being so prominent will certainly be a major part of that. It's important that Cebu is part of the plans because it has always had an entrepreneurial tradition. Cebu has a strong entrepreneurial spirit that we can take advantage of in making better deals with the public and private sectors," he added.

The younger Marcos said Cebu will play a major part in the recovery of the economy that suffered from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thus, he added, there is a need to address its problems, such as traffic, infrastructure, power and the pandemic itself.

Aiming for a unifying leadership, Marcos said he cannot address the problems alone and that is why he will work with the local government to further develop the province.

"We will have to work with LGUs (local government units) to see what it is they plan to do when the time comes," he added.

Marcos assured Cebuanos that he will do everything he can for them.

"I will serve the country at may kasabihan na 'pag tumaas ang tubig, lahat ng barko tumataas din. Pataasin natin ang Pilipinas, at isa sa unang lungsod sa Pilipinas na aangat ay ang Cebu (and there is a saying that if the water rises, all the ships will also rise. We will raise the Philippines, and one of the first cities to rise will be Cebu)," he said.