Several cities and towns in Cebu province face traffic congestion and flooding problems because it did not get its rightful share in of national taxes and major infrastructure projects in the last five years, said Vice President Jejomar Binay.
“Ano ba ang nangyari why Cebu fell sa competitive index from one to three? Hindi masyadong nasuportahan ng national government [What happened? Why did the competitive index of Cebu fall from one to three? Because there was not much support coming from the national government],” Binay said during his visit to the province on Sunday.
In the 2015 index, the province of Cebu got third place; Misamis Oriental, second place; while Davao Del Sur was awarded the most competitive province.
The Vice President said one of the reasons cited for Cebu’s decline in the index was the absence of major infrastructure projects that resulted in traffic congestions and flooding.
“Dahil dito, apektado ang negosyo at ang hanapbuhay ng ating mga kababayan dito sa Cebu [Because of this (lack of project), the business sector and the livelihood of our town mates here in Cebu are affected],” he said.
Binay slammed the selective treatment of the Liberal Party, saying that under the present administration, some provinces are luckier than others.
The Vice President said the neglect Cebu is suffering from started because then Cebu governor Gwen Garcia did not belong to the Liberal Party.
Binay said should he be elected president, the Regional Development Council will be given a deadline to recommend priority infrastructure programs for Cebu.
“They should submit their recommendations within my first 100 days in office. And within that period, I will approve their recommendations and I will personally make sure that the programs and projects are implemented,” he said.