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Carbon Market redevelopment wonderful: Rama

CEBU City Vice Mayor Michail “Mike” Rama in his privilege speech last September 1, 2021, reiterated his belief that the Redevelopment of Carbon Market is a wonderful project long overdue.

Rama quoted Martin Luther King Jr. saying: “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

Rama said that a foreseeable event calls for measures that are designed to mitigate its impact, if not, avoid its occurrence.

Recently, Rama said issues involving Carbon Market Redevelopment Project saw print in different pages of various local periodicals and discussed over the airwaves and in social media.

The issues included: the ability of the proponent to carry out the project; ownership in the parcels of land involved in the Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) between Megawide Corporation and Cebu City Government; completeness in the process in entering a JVA; assurance for a better living for Bato, Ermita residents; and concern about management of market fees and charges and security of the vendors and other stakeholders.

Rama recalled that in the earliest possible opportunity, he continuously called upon the Cebu City Council to check and examine certain procedural, legal, technical, and financial aspects of the JVA for Carbon Redevelopment Project that need to be clarified and revisited prior to any signing, execution, and implementation.

“In a much earlier time, I initiated a review of the proposed JV activity and agreement and called upon the consultants of my office to review it and make a summary of recommendations and observations. I had these on hand just in time before this Honorable Body granted the mayor (Edgardo C. Labella) an authority and signed the JVA,” Rama said.

“During that session last January 6, 2021, I shared some of the observations and recommendations to the City Council. I am not unmindful of the Roberts Rule of Procedures of which internal rules are based on, being a collegial body,” Rama said.

“But it does not stop this representation, especially by his conviction and being a lawyer, to ensure that the observations and recommendations can be best appreciated,” Rama said.

Rama foresaw the eventuality that this matter will reach the court of justice for these issues and concerns to be clarified, even settled by, like at the instance to address the same.

Rama said his earlier actuation only meant to keep the Carbon Redevelopment Project from imminent collateral attacks and issues that may derail the implementation of the long-awaited development of the only Carbon Market of the people of Cebu.

“I reiterate that this is a wonderful project long overdue,” Rama said. ELIAS O. BAQUERO