Leading presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos
MANILA — Recognizing the importance of Cebu province in the recovery of the country’s economy, Presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. told Cebuanos that big urban hubs like Cebu City will be the center of development in the future.
“I think we can always count on Cebu na maging hub ng economic development,” Marcos said.
The Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard-bearer said he has already a lot of plans for the province being the center for commerce in the Visayas region.
Marcos said he is planning to continue the development his father, former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., made, recalling the creation of the Mactan Export Processing Zone which he said is one of the main drivers of progress in Cebu’s economy.
“If you remember, one of the main drivers of the progress of the economy in Cebu is the development of the port and I think we can continue that. Cebu is still the economic center of the Visayas and in some areas, it’s actually the economic center of the Philippines, so we must continue the development,” he said.
“The big urban hubs will be the center 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 plan 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 public-private sectors sharing,” Marcos said.
The Presidential aspirant stressed that Cebu will play a major part in the recovery of the economy that suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic that’s why he also sees the need to address their problems which he said is “national in nature” like traffic, infrastructure, power and the pandemic itself.
Aiming for a unifying leadership, Marcos said he cannot address the problems alone that’s why he will work with the local government to further develop the province to be able to return to its prominence, not just as the second city next to Manila but as the former capital.
“We will have to work with LGUs to see what it is they plan to do when the time comes. Hopefully that we will be able to make some changes,” he said.
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,” he said. (ai/mtvn)