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Moreno’s challengers promise change, mayor assures sustainability, direction

By NITZ ARANCON
Correspondent .

MAYOR Oscar Moreno promised sustainability while his challengers Benjamin Contreras, Felix Borres and Jose Gabriel La Viña promised change and improvement in city hall services during their on-air face-off at DxIF-Bombo Radyo here on Saturday night.

FACE-OFF. Reelectionist Mayor Oscar Moreno (right) hammers home a point while his challengers Jose Gabriel La Viña (left), Benjamin Contreras (center) and Felix Borres (hidden, behind Moreno) listen during a face-off at DxIF-Bombo Radyo on Saturday night. Except for Borres, the mayoral candidates threw mud at each other during the on-air confrontation. (photo by Joey Nacalaban)

Contreras promised clean governance which he said would result in solutions to most of the city’s problems.

When the four mayoral candidates were asked about their plans for the city, Contreras said, “Dili nako ganahan mohisgot alang plataporma de gobyerno kay para sa ako, kanang plataporma de gobyerno listahan lang kana sa mga sa-ad nga dili gakatuman.”

Contreras said he would rid city hall of graft and corruption if elected mayor.

“Kinahanglan gayud malimpiyo nato ang atong pangamhanan sa gobyerno para itubag sa mga problima nato sa syudad,” he said.

Borres, for his part, promised to create jobs for people living in the city’s outlying barangays, build seawalls and finish the construction of a major dike project, and develop a flood-control infrastructure network.

Borres also promised to solve the city’s traffic problem by barring trucks from the city proper. He said the trucks would only be up to Bugo and Bulua “kay nakita nako nga bisan pagmagdaghan atong dalan, dili masulbad ang traffic tungod sa kadaghan sa atong mga sakyanan.”

He also promised to build a new hospital in the city and more health facilities.

Like Borres, La Viña promised to improve health services in the city by fulfilling his mother’s dream of providing every barangay with physicians and nurses. His mother Inday once served as a city councilor.

And like Contreras, he promised “zero corruption” in city hall. “Mao na ang akong mga programa, walay corruption nga mahitabo sa ilalom sa akong administrasyon.”

La Viña also promised to build a “City University” with free tuition for all. “Tanang bata sa Cagayan de Oro, dunay katungod nga mag-college. Sila tanan dunay ambition mag-engineer, nurse, mag-accountant, mag-abogado, mag-negosyante,” he said.

La Viña said that if elected mayor, city hall would provide free WiFi and improved internet connection in the city.

He promised to provide jobs for all the unemployed residents and implement more infrastructure projects like irrigation systems in line with the Duterte administration’s “Build, build, build” program.

“Mga dalan, mga tulay, public transport, flood control, fast train nga diretso from Cagayan de Oro paingon sa Davao,” La Viña promised.

He said city hall would provide housing for the homeless and there would be no backlog.

La Viña also promised to bring back a new and improved “Night Cafe,” similar to what his running mate Vicente Emano did when he was mayor of the city.  He said his Night Cafe would be “mas chada” in order to be a tourism come-on with a farmers’ and fishermen’s market.

Reelectionist Mayor Mayor Moreno, for his part, promised sustainability. He said city hall would pursue its “Primehat” agenda if he wins a reelection.

Moreno’s “Primehat” stands for poverty alleviation and peace and order, resettlement and revenuve generation, infrastractures and investment, metropolization, education and environment, hospital and health services, agricultural productivity and tourism, traffic and teamwork.

Moreno said the Primehat agenda was started in 2013, and this would still be city hall’s direction in the next three years if he is reelected.

While many things still need to be done, Moreno said city hall has been in the right direction.

“Kinsa may nagdahom nga ang JR Borja [hospital] mahimong sama kadako karon where it was in 2013?” he asked rhetorically.

City hall, he said, has just provided the local government-run JR Borja Memorial General Hospital eight intensive care units that would be functional soon.

Moreno said he has also delivered on his promise to improve education based on the Primehat agenda. He said city hall built some 600 classroom-buildings, and opened up and concreted many roads in the city’s hinterland hinterland barangays.

“What’s important is that we stay focused,” Moreno said. (Tomorrow: Mudslinging characterize 2-hour face-off of mayoral candidates)

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