Seems like only yesterday when politicians waged their campaign with various slogans. “Politics of Industry and Opportunity” was the battlecry of Mayor Manuel “Chiquiting” Sagarbarria.
It is a platform of government leadership that provides and lays down a road map for Dumaguete City that includes the creation of opportunities for every Dumagueteño for the purpose of elevating their way of life.
After almost nine months of exemplary leadership, Mayor Chiquiting’s political promises have turned out to be his genuine objectives in public service — now eventually being fulfilled one by one.
Aside from the already-implemented projects such as the improvement of the City’s drainage system, clean-up drive, upgrading the system of governance in the City’s operation, the physical structure of the City Hall, the new look of Quezon Park, etc., the beautification project along the Boulevard and the construction of the marina boardwalk indicate progress.
Instead of the oft-repeated joke of referring to it as the “boulevard of broken dreams”, it can now be called as the “boulevard of fulfilled promises”.
Truly, the politics of Industry and Opportunities is now taking place in all corners of Dumaguete. Despite fund shortage, Mayor Chiquiting is merely obsessed with fulfilling his dream for Dumaguete. He ventured to the Senate to meet some lawmakers whom he believes would share his dreams to come true.
True enough, Sen. TG Guingona Jr., Sen. Bong Revilla, and Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri each gave P1 million to the provincial office of the Department of Public Works & Highways to make the construction of the boardwalk possible.
Furthermore, the City’s coffers is now P3 million richer, again coming from Senator Guingona, Sen. Ralph Recto, and Sen. Kiko Pangilinan.
Soon, our boulevard would be more beautiful than ever before, and will continue to attract tourists to help our tourism industry, and which will eventually provide more opportunities to create jobs for our young professionals, skilled workers, and our less fortunate.
Had it not been for Sagarbarria the Mayor, how would Dumaguete be, you think?
The boulevard of fulfilled promises