PGMA will be Cebu's daughter 'forever'
Cebu City (29 June) -- Cebu leaders and officials yesterday (June 28) paid tribute to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, with Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia leading the collective articulation that the outgoing national leader will remain a "daughter of Cebu."
Garcia, who was reelected governor in last month's polls, said the Chief Executive has done so much for Cebu, specifically the infrastructure projects that have made life better for Cebuanos.
"The President will forever be a "daughter of Cebu," said Garcia during her inaugural ceremony at the Cebu International Convention Center which President Arroyo attended right after opening a sea port project in nearby Talisay City.
The lady governor said that the President's visit to Cebu two days before leaving Malacanang, showed "a sense of symmetry as the President was going back to where she began and leaving it a better place."
She referred to the tradition-breaking decision in 2004 of then President-elect Arroyo to chose Cebu instead of Manila as venue of her presidential oath-taking. In the elections that year, the President won by about a million votes over her rival in the province.
"By that singular act, Cebu's central role in shaping not only this nation's history, but more importantly its future, was given recognition more eloquently than it ever had been, in half a millennium of this country's history," Garcia said.
"One Cebu was thus born, a battle cry that became a party that became the guiding principle of new politics and enlightened governance, " she added.
Garcia said Cebu was elated that two days before she bows out of office, the President revisits Cebu, " and we recognize her efforts that have made Cebu the premier province in the country."
Garcia and supporters spiced the inaugural event with a three-minute audio-visual presentation of Arroyo administration projects in the province as well as Cebu City proper.
"We are a grateful people. Six years ago you honored us greatly by taking your oath here. But more importantly beyond that powerful symbol, you have, for the past six years contributed generously in ways visible and concrete to Cebu's dream of progress and prosperity, Garcia said.
The President was in Talisay City earlier in the day to inaugurate the Macapagal-Gullas Port in Barangay Tanke, a fishport complete with ice plant, cold storage facilities and a rock causeway.
Speaking in Cebuano, the President bade farewell to all in the region and thanked the people of Talisay and the Cebuanos as a whole for their unwavering support to her since she was still a senator.
Before leaving the province, the President administered the office oaths to Gov.Garcia and Cebu's winning congressmen namely; Rep. Eduardo Gullas, 2nd District Rep. Pablo Garcia, 3rd District Rep. Pablo John Garcia, 4th District Rep. Benhur Salimbangon and 6th District Rep. Luigi Quisumbing.
The President also administered the oath to Lapu-Lapu City's Rep. Arturo Radaza, City Mayor Paz Radaza and the councilors.
The President's last event before flying for Manila was in Danao City where she inaugurated the P24.1 million President Diosdado Macapagal Park and Boardwalk situated on a reclaimed area beside the Macapagal-Durano Fish Port. (PIA-MMIO) [top]