The traffic situation in metro Cebu and its outskirts continues to be poorly managed, most likely driving present investors away and discouraging prospective ones from engaging business in this part of the country, with the by-word “Ceboom Era” seems to be thrown in the dustbin, Cebu 3rd District Congresswoman Gwen F. Garcia said.
Garcia lamented what he described as an unbearable traffic mess in Mandaue City, especially the route going to the Cebu International Airport and even in adjacent north and south districts of the province.
During the term of her brother, former GSIS general manager Winston Garcia, she said her brother co-orchestrated the “Ceboom Era” with then Cebu Gov. Emilio “Lito” Osmeña.
“This was our first period of rapid economic development in Cebu. The Garcia-Osmeña partnership came up with the solution to raise 1.5 billion pesos for the province, which gave rise to the Business Park and I.T. Park, now being tagged as the premier and commercial districts contributing greatly to the province’s income and supplying jobs for millions of Cebanos, Garcia recalled.
With traffic condition in Cebu well-managed then, Cebu led the development, competing head-on with the progress in Metro Manila, she said.
Efforts to solve the traffic mess continue to deteriorate and this situation is discouraging businessmen to invest in this part of the country, Garcia said.
“Let’s not just sit idly and watch the province to retrogress. Let us help in whatever means we can do to make a positive change and help provide the greater benefit for the greater number of Cebuanos,” former Cebu Governor and incumbent 3rd district Rep. Gwen Garcia said.