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Oro mayor calls for public support for 'interior decoration' projects in CdeO

Cagayan de Oro City (27 November) -- City Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula called for deeper public understanding and support even as he strongly pushed for the realization of flagship projects that aim towards building a "more beautifully, more comfortably, and more gracefully livable" Cagayan de Oro.

This was emphasized by Mayor Jaraula when he addressed a jam-packed crowd of faculty members and students as guest speaker during a recent public lecture on governance and leadership at Xavier University's Little Theater.

"The people must understand the imperatives of development. This is our city and not mine alone, so we are equally-responsible to make Cagayan de Oro City grow even more bigger and better," Mayor Jaraula told the participants.

"What is important is that we share our ideas and dreams to everybody because there is so much more to be done", stressed Jaraula, who took up Preparatory Law in two years instead of four at the Ateneo de Cagayan in 1956, graduating cum laude in 1956.

The lecture, organized by Maria Elizabeth O. Soriano, Director of XU Governance and Leadership Institute, in cooperation with Dean Dulce R. Dawang of the College of Arts and Sciences and XU president Fr. Jose T. Villarin, also served as a tribute to Mayor Jaraula's outstanding contribution to the city's development being an alumnus and well-respected political leader.

During the forum, Mayor Jaraula enumerated his flagship projects and programs, hoping that the university officials and students would have a better grasp on his present and future development plans for Cagayan de Oro City.

Noting that the major infrastructure facilities have been undertaken by the previous administration, Mayor Jaraula is boldly focusing on what he called as "interior decoration" projects of Cagayan de Oro City.

On top of Mayor Jaraula's development agenda is fulfilling his dreams and vision in his first term (1967-1971) as City Councilor, which is the initial phase of the "River Boulevard" along the river bank, consisting of a 600-meter long "walkway" that will stretch City Hall up to the Carmen-Nazareth Bridge or Kagay-an Bridge", and a "Boulevard" going downstream from Toribio Chaves Street to J.R. Borja Street, about one kilometer, to be known as the "Golden Mile".

Part of the conceptualization of the "Golden Mile" is the construction of a walk bridge, with a viewing deck and coffee-cum-souvenir shop in the middle, spanning across Cagayan de Oro River, from the present Amphitheater connecting Barangay Carmen on the opposite riverside.

Through public and private consortium, Mayor Jaraula has proposed to construct a high-rise building at the present location of the City Amphitheater to be called as a "City Center" that will house the City Library, City Museum, Tourism and Information Office.

A multi-level Legislative and Administrative Building will also soon rise within City Hall complex in order to give the members of the City Council and the general public a more spacious and convenient workplace. The project's funding will be taken from the P500-million loan of the City Government from the Philippine Veteran's Bank which was approved in June this year.

Mayor Jaraula is also re-designing the Old Gaston Park by installing state-of-the-art "dancing fountain", featuring a spectacular and excellent display of water and lights that will surely provide great amazement and breathtaking view to the residents, visitors and tourists. The project's design and concept will somehow be similar to the latest technology used by experts in designing the world-famous "dancing fountains" in Las Vegas, USA.

As an added tourism attraction, the city mayor started last month the restoration project of 1920's-built old water tower near the Gaston Park into a city museum and archives center. The redevelopment of the old water tower aims to showcase a wide range of collections of memento, documents and records which has relevant historical and cultural value on the past of Cagayan de Oro City, according to Mayor Jaraula.

On March 13, 2008, Mayor Jaraula led the inauguration of the MacArthur Memorial Marker at the Old Wharf in barangay Macabalan, this city.

The marker boosts the present replica of General MacArthur's famous "scrambled egg cap", perhaps the only one of its kind throughout the world.

History tells that Gen. MacArthur heroically escaped from Corregidor upon repeated orders of Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt.

But instead of taking the submarine, he took four PT boats for his party, his being PT-41, landing on March 13, 1942 at the Old Pier in Macabalan.

He took off on a B17 for Australia from the Del Monte Airstrip in Bukidnon on March 17, 1942, the only airstrip remaining under the control of American-Filipino forces.

MacArthur organized the Liberation Forces in Australia, and "leap-frogging" from there, he liberated the Philippines and redeemed his pledge of "I Shall Return".

Constructed through donations, its inauguration on March 13, 2008 coincides with the historic landing of the five-star general here in Cagayan de Oro City. (Cagayan de Oro City IO/PIA-MisOrOccCam i-Net) [top]

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