“RAFI recognizes the contribution and the important role of the private sector, which includes the business sector and civil society, in bringing us closer to our destination (Mega Cebu vision)”. That was part of the welcome message by the MCDCB Co-Chair and RAFI President and COO Ms. Dominica B. Chua to the guests during the Mega Cebu Report to the Private Sector Stakeholder yesterday, March 1, 2018, held at the Plenary Hall of RAFI-Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center.
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The Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board Research, Program, and Organizational Development (MCDCB RPOD) conducted the meeting to provide updates to the private sector stakeholders on Mega Cebu accomplishments, activities, and plans. Fifty-eight (58) leaders and representatives from the business sector, academe, religious groups, and civil society attended the gathering. MCDCB-RPOD Program Management Office Director Ms. Evelyn Nacario-Castro presented a report on the updates of initiatives and projects, while also highlighting the importance of the involvement of the private sector, of the Mega Cebu program. After the report, an open forum was conducted to open the floor to questions from the private sector partners.
Several Mega Cebu conveners were present in the meeting including Mr. Gordon Joseph and Dr. Leonor Caneja of Cebu Business Club, Mr. Bunny Pages of Cebu Leads Foundation, Inc., Mr. Eric Mendoza of MCCI, MCDCB RPOD FABCom on Infrastructures and Utility Chair Engr. Jun Sanchez, MCDCB RPOD FABCom on Environment and Public Safety Co-Chair Arch. Socorro Atega, and Mr. Roberto Ybanez.
The gathering was also attended by Regional Development Council Region VII (RDC 7) Chair Mr. Kenneth Cobonpue, RDC 7 Chair of Integrated Development Committee Mr. Glen Soco, Mr. Marken Aboitiz of Arcadis, and architects Yumi Espina and Omar Maxwell Espina of USC-SAFAD.
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Mr. Joseph, who also serves as the MCDCB RPOD Execom Chairperson, expressed in his closing speech the importance of conveying to their fellow private sector constituents the significance of the Mega Cebu initiative. “The private sector needs to create a groundswell of opinion…all of us should speak about Mega Cebu and talk to our friends, about our hunger for change, and our clamor for a better Cebu for the future generations”, said Mr. Joseph in his closing speech.