Richard Gomez to focus on infrastructure dev't, disaster management during 2nd term

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez started his second term with a promise to focus on improving infrastructure, identifying 25 projects he would prioritize. 

Gomez pledged to solve the traffic congestion, increase the city's resiliency to calamities, and ban single use plastics by 2021.

“Tomorrow, we will also be launching the modernization program of our transportation system, in line with the national program. This is to address the growing transportation needs of our people that have fallen prey to opportunism, to the detriment of the riding public,” he said during his oath taking on Sunday, June 30.

On Monday, July 1, Ormoc launched solar jeepneys and buses, in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s modernization projects in the transportation sector. (READ: Duterte to jeepney drivers, operators: Modernize by year-end or get out)

“I would also like to increase our capability to respond to disasters. The year 2018 and the first half of 2019 have been kind to Ormoc. There were no life-threatening calamities, but we cannot be complacent. We have to be ready for eventualities,” Gomez said.

The Ormoc City mayor said the city would acquire “more ambulances, water trucks, and fire trucks.”

“We must also ban the use of single use plastics by 2021. We have to be decisive in this area if we must save Mother Earth for our children and their children,” Gomez said.

Looking back at his first term, from 2016 to 2019, Gomez thanked Ormocanons for making it “easier and meaningful.”

“To everybody, please continue to walk with me as we journey together in the next 3 years and make Ormoc a better city,” Gomez said.

According to the Ormoc City Media Center, Mayor Gomez targets to accomplish the following 25 priority projects by the end of his second term: 

Infrastructure and facilities



“I have so many plans for Ormoc, and I would always like to emphasize that I will always have the best [intentions] for Ormoc City,” Gomez said.

With his wife Lucy Marie Torres Gomez as the 4th district representative, his running mate Leo Carmelo Locsin as Ormoc City vice mayor, and allies occupying all 10 city council seats, Gomez’s plans are expected to remain unchallenged in the city. –