CEBU – Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos has called on the government to fast track the infrastructure projects especially in the current and emerging mega cities to make them more livable in the coming years despite the growth in population.
Marcos predicted that at the rate the developments are going, mega cities such as Metro Cebu, Metro Manila and Metro Davao will contain two-thirds of the population in the coming years.
“I think we need to evaluate the development of our cities. Urbanization is one, is the single greatest phenomenon of the millenium and urbanization is something that we need to accept not as a curse but more importantly as the trend of things to come,” Marcos said.
With this, Marcos advocates for making mega cities as “livable, sustainable and resilient”.
“And livable means no traffic or much diminished traffic. Let us look at the infra plan. Yung build, build, build maganda ang mga kalsada pero if you notice baka (may) konting tripping din,” she said.
Marcos recalled that the “original old old” plan for Cebu involved at least six bridges of which only two have been built today.
She explained that if the government will build circumferential road rings around the city, it may disperse the traffic congestion that the Cebu population is now suffering.
“Nakita natin ang ilang circumferential roads all the way in Manila. There was to be C-1 to C-10, all these circumferential roads are all the way to Infanta, Quezon,” Marcos said of the unfinished project of his late father former President Ferdinand Marcos that could have helped in reducing traffic jams in Metro Manila.