Monthly Archives: July 2019

Solar-powered jeepneys to ply Ormoc streets

By Marie Marticio

Solar-powered jeepney in Ormoc (Ormoc City Government / MANILA BULLETIN)

ORMOC CITY – Ten solar powered jeepneys will be plying the city as part of the government’s Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program.

Mayor Richard Gomez said the e-jeeps, which are equipped with CCTV cameras, free WiFi, GPS systems, televisions and electric fans, will address “the growing transportation needs of the people that have fallen prey to opportunism, to the detriment of the riding public.”

Gualberto Gualberto, Land Transportation and Franchise Regulatory Board 8 regional director, said that under the PUV modernization program the function of planning for a sustainable environment-friendly transportation system will be handed over to local government units (LGUs).

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Gomez lays out vision for Ormoc

By Marie Marticio, Manila Bulletin

ORMOC CITY – Mayor Richard Gomez laid out their plans for the city and the province for the next three years.

“I am also elated that today, a complete Ormoc Development Team, my team, will also start their new term of office. I look forward to working with them and delivering to Ormocanons the projects and programs that I have envisioned for Ormoc in the coming years,” Gomez said during his inauguration speech.

He placed emphasis on making the Lake Danao Water System a reality.

“Water has always been a contentious issue in this city, but one thing is certain, we cannot continue to solve water issues on a piecemeal basis. It is also ironic that six towns and one city are benefiting from Lake Danao, while Ormoc suffers. It’s time for us to harness the lake’s resources for our own use and solve our water problems for the next 25 or more years,” he noted.

Lake Danao covers 148 hectares in Lake Danao Natural Park. It is also a main tourist attraction.

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Richard Gomez to focus on infrastructure dev’t, disaster management during 2nd term

Gomez couple lays out plan for Ormoc development. Infrastructure and facilitiesImprove the Lake Danao Water SystemCreate more water reservoirCreate more rainwater harvesting facility storageOpen housing projects for people living in dangerous placesCreate more classroomsUpgrade of slaughter houseImprovement of grilling stationsImprovement of Public MarketSatellite market in Valencia, Ormoc CityUpgrade the street lightsUpgrade of Superdome LightsPurchase of Big Electric Fans for SuperdomeCreate large composting facilityTransportationModernization program of transportationOpen more road networksImplement the city land use and zoning ordinances, including the relocation of all vulcanizing shops with enough parking space.Repaint tricycles with basic and solid colors per route by 2020Clear the national highways of illegal parkingOthersIncrease capability to respond disaster by purchasing more ambulances, water trucks, fire trucks and implementing support programs on disaster prevention.Continue backfiling of Bagsakan AreaEnhance peace and order program by purchasing new firearms, police cars, and motorcycles for the police and SWAT training.Strengthen livelihood programsCreate sustainable tourism productsBan the use of plastics by 2021Launch more health and wellness programs. “I have so many plans for Ormoc, and I would always like to emphasize that I will always have the best [intentions] for Ormoc City,” Gomez said. “To everybody, please continue to walk with me as we journey together in the next 3 years and make Ormoc a better city,” Gomez said.https://www.rappler.com/nation/234380-richard-gomez-ormoc-mayor-inauguration-july-2019?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebookhttp://www.manilastandard.net/mobile/article/298680

Among the Ormoc City mayor’s priorities are solving traffic congestion, increasing the city’s resiliency to calamities, and banning single use plastics by 2021

Marthy John Lubiano, Rappler

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez started his second term with a promise to focus on improving infrastructure, identifying 25 projects he would prioritize.

Gomez pledged to solve the traffic congestion, increase the city’s resiliency to calamities, and ban single use plastics by 2021.

“Tomorrow, we will also be launching the modernization program of our transportation system, in line with the national program. This is to address the growing transportation needs of our people that have fallen prey to opportunism, to the detriment of the riding public,” he said during his oath taking on Sunday, June 30.

On Monday, July 1, Ormoc launched solar jeepneys and buses, in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s modernization projects in the transportation sector. (READ: Duterte to jeepney drivers, operators: Modernize by year-end or get out)

“I would also like to increase our capability to respond to disasters. The year 2018 and the first half of 2019 have been kind to Ormoc. There were no life-threatening calamities, but we cannot be complacent. We have to be ready for eventualities,” Gomez said.

The Ormoc City mayor said the city would acquire “more ambulances, water trucks, and fire trucks.”

“We must also ban the use of single use plastics by 2021. We have to be decisive in this area if we must save Mother Earth for our children and their children,” Gomez said.

Looking back at his first term, from 2016 to 2019, Gomez thanked Ormocanons for making it “easier and meaningful.”

“To everybody, please continue to walk with me as we journey together in the next 3 years and make Ormoc a better city,” Gomez said.

According to the Ormoc City Media Center, Mayor Gomez targets to accomplish the following 25 priority projects by the end of his second term:

Infrastructure and facilities

  • Improve the Lake Danao Water System
  • Create more water reservoir
  • Create more rainwater harvesting facility storage
  • Open housing projects for people living in dangerous places
  • Create more classrooms
  • Upgrade of slaughter house
  • Improvement of grilling stations
  • Improvement of Public Market
  • Satellite market in Valencia, Ormoc City
  • Upgrade the street lights
  • Upgrade of Superdome Lights
  • Purchase of Big Electric Fans for Superdome
  • Create large composting facility
  • Transportation
  • Modernization program of transportation
  • Open more road networks
  • Implement the city land use and zoning ordinances, including the relocation of all vulcanizing shops with enough parking space.
  • Repaint tricycles with basic and solid colors per route by 2020
  • Clear the national highways of illegal parking
  • Others
  • Increase capability to respond disaster by purchasing more ambulances, water trucks, fire trucks and implementing support programs on disaster prevention.
  • Continue backfiling of Bagsakan Area
  • Enhance peace and order program by purchasing new firearms, police cars, and motorcycles for the police and SWAT training.
  • Strengthen livelihood programs
  • Create sustainable tourism products
  • Ban the use of plastics by 2021
  • Launch more health and wellness programs
  • “I have so many plans for Ormoc, and I would always like to emphasize that I will always have the best [intentions] for Ormoc City,” Gomez said.

With his wife Lucy Marie Torres Gomez as the 4th district representative, his running mate Leo Carmelo Locsin as Ormoc City vice mayor, and allies occupying all 10 city council seats, Gomez’s plans are expected to remain unchallenged in the city. – Rappler.com

Sharing here some points I addressed in my inaugural address this afternoon.

Sharing here some points I addressed in my inaugural address this afternoon. ...Tomorrow, we will also be launching the modernization program of our transportation system using electronic jeepneys, in line with the national program. This is to address the growing transportation needs of our people that have fallen prey to opportunism, to the detriment of the riding public. ...I would also like to increase our capability to respond to disasters. The year 2018 and the first half of 2019 have been kind to Ormoc. There were no life-threatening calamities, but we cannot be complacent. We have to be ready for eventualities. We will be acquiring more ambulances, water trucks and fire trucks. We will put more AED’s in big barangays, and will continue to support programs on disaster prevention. ...We must also ban the use of single use plastics by 2021. We have to be decisive in this area if we must save Mother Earth for our children and their children. ...I have so many plans for Ormoc, and I would always like to emphasize that I will always have the best intention for Ormoc City. That all my decisions, and that of the Ormoc Development Team, will always redound to what is good for the majority. In the Gomez administration, our motto is “Serbisyo, Dili Negosyo.” ...The past three years were challenging, but it was made easier and meaningful by the cooperation of Ormocanons who readily gave their time, talent and resources, to help the City in every way they come.To everybody, please continue to walk with me as we journey together in the next three years and make Ormoc a better city. Let’s Get Ormoc Moving Ahead.

Tomorrow, we will also be launching the modernization program of our transportation system using electronic jeepneys, in line with the national program. This is to address the growing transportation needs of our people that have fallen prey to opportunism, to the detriment of the riding public. …I would also like to increase our capability to respond to disasters. The year 2018 and the first half of 2019 have been kind to Ormoc. There were no life-threatening calamities, but we cannot be complacent. We have to be ready for eventualities. We will be acquiring more ambulances, water trucks and fire trucks. We will put more AED’s in big barangays, and will continue to support programs on disaster prevention. …We must also ban the use of single use plastics by 2021. We have to be decisive in this area if we must save Mother Earth for our children and their children. …I have so many plans for Ormoc, and I would always like to emphasize that I will always have the best intention for Ormoc City. That all my decisions, and that of the Ormoc Development Team, will always redound to what is good for the majority. In the Gomez administration, our motto is “Serbisyo, Dili Negosyo.” …The past three years were challenging, but it was made easier and meaningful by the cooperation of Ormocanons who readily gave their time, talent and resources, to help the City in every way they come.To everybody, please continue to walk with me as we journey together in the next three years and make Ormoc a better city. Let’s Get Ormoc Moving Ahead.

This morning at the NHA housing in Brgy. Margen in Ormoc City I led our ODT and the Agriculture Office to an impromptu tree-planting session. We planted Cashew, Jackfruit, Malunggay and Kamansi. When I first went to this housing facility there were no trees all around so I decided to do this because given a few months these trees will grow big and will bear fruits for the residents to eat and enjoy. And when you plant fruit bearing trees or Malunggay people don’t cut them but instead care for them. I will intensify efforts to plant trees in other areas.While the residents gathered around us I told the importance and discipline of cleaning their place all the time. Pickup the trash and throw them at the trash can.

This morning at the NHA housing in Brgy. Margen in Ormoc City I led our ODT and the Agriculture Office to an impromptu tree-planting session. We planted Cashew, Jackfruit, Malunggay and Kamansi. When I first went to this housing facility there were no trees all around so I decided to do this because given a few months these trees will grow big and will bear fruits for the residents to eat and enjoy. And when you plant fruit bearing trees or Malunggay people don’t cut them but instead care for them. I will intensify efforts to plant trees in other areas.While the residents gathered around us I told the importance and discipline of cleaning their place all the time. Pickup the trash and throw them at the trash can.

Today at the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Philippine Olympic Committee at the GSIS building.Together with different National Sports Association Officials to talk about the President position vacated by Ricky Vargas of Samahang Basketball and the succession of the incumbent 1st VP Joey Romasanta of Volleyball for the vacated President position.We will reconvene once the POC Chairman Bambol Tolentino of Cycling calls for a special elections w the assumption that all seats will be vacated and declared open.

Today at the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Philippine Olympic Committee at the GSIS building.Together with different National Sports Association Officials to talk about the President position vacated by Ricky Vargas of Samahang Basketball and the succession of the incumbent 1st VP Joey Romasanta of Volleyball for the vacated President position.We will reconvene once the POC Chairman Bambol Tolentino of Cycling calls for a special elections w the assumption that all seats will be vacated and declared open.