CEBU CITY, Philippines — New Cebu City Councilman Jocelyn Pesquera has vowed to continue late Mayor Edgardo Labella’s 3 million tree project.
Pesquera revealed this in a privileged speech during the regular session of the Cebu City Council on February 16, 2022, the first time she joined the 15th Sangguniang Panglungsod as a councilor since she was sworn in on February 14. 2022, before the Department of Interior and Local Government.
Pesquera took over the vacant seat of Vice Mayor Donaldo Hontiveros, who in turn took over the vacant position of Vice Mayor when Mayor Michael Rama ascended to the mayoralty.
She will complete Hontiveros’ term until July 2022. She is also running as a councilor for the southern district in the May 9 elections.
“Although there are only four months left, I will perform my duties and responsibilities to the board to the best of my abilities, being the tax practitioner in which I have been known,” she said.
The newly sworn councilor said that due to her tenure as tourism commissioner for the city’s Tourism Board, she understood the importance of preserving the environment.
Typhoon Odette wreaked so much havoc on ecotourism that the city recently launched mountain barangays called Eco Highland Blooms.
Scenic and picturesque sites have been replaced by destroyed sites, cut trees and damaged green areas in the mountains.
“I will continue the legacy of the late Mayor Edgardo Labella, especially the planting of 3 million trees. I believe it is high time for us to plant more trees after the city was devastated by the onslaught of Typhoon Odette,” she said.
Prior to serving on the council, Pesquera served as tourism commissioner since 2019 and launched numerous tourism initiatives in the city.
In a recent statement shortly before her appointment as councillor, she said the Tourism Commission is focusing on rehabilitating tourism in the city, including the mountain barangays.
Pesquera said reviving tourism in the city will be his main focus over the next four months. /rcg
Pesquera sits on the 15th Cebu City Council
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