Club Mega launches
Poor infrastructures and poor planning can equal to a poor city to live in. Cebu has been experiencing this for quite a while and thankfully there are people who decided to take a stand and make a change towards our city possible. These people decided to conceive Mega Cebu, an organization that envisions a wholesome, vibrant, equitable, and sustainable Cebu in 2050.
Yesterday afternoon at the Talamban Campus covered court, Mega Cebu launched a club called Club Mega; an organization that will keep people, also students, involved with the goal Mega Cebu envisioned. This seminar was attended by University of San Carlos students and faculty and staff. Hosted by Maria Gigante, this seminar consisted of three speakers and performances by Jandall, Patricia Valena, Micmic Kindica, and KINESYX.
The first speaker was Mr. Gordon Allan Joseph, the Director and CEO of Philpacific Insurance Brokers Inc., Cebu Business Club President, and Metro Cebu Development Coordinating Board (MCDCB) planning committee chair. He gave his talk on how he was inspired to form Mega Cebu. He got his inspiration when he started noticing how poor the city was starting to look around six to seven years ago, and he stated he didn’t want to live in a city with poor planning and poor infrastructures. He explained that Cebu is the fourth poorest province in the Philippines, and what makes it worse is that 50% of the population in the Philippines is poor, and this population will double in the year 2030. “What gets planned gets done”, he said, quoting Peter Drucker. Despite everything happening in Cebu, Mr. Joseph believes in a better future in Cebu, and he encouraged students that it is possible.
The second speaker was Engr. Jun Sanchez, a graduate of Civil Engineering from the University of San Carlos who acquired a master’s degree of the same course in Stanford University and held high positions in civil engineering organizations including the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers. He gave his talk on how poor the infrastructures are in the city of Cebu by giving out blueprints and studies of the city done by him and other engineers. He stated that lack of investments equal poor infrastructure, plus an inefficient planning system will equal to failure of engineering. He encouraged that if people will get involved in Club Mega, especially students, Philippines won’t be in the low rank anymore, but the Philippines will slowly be reaching its way towards a better future.
The final speaker was Micmic Kindica, a fourth-year Architecture student who represented the University of San Carlos during the World Architecture Festival in Singapore with six other students, namely Danica Lagria, Arianne Vios, Steffi Go, Edward Lim, Lorenzo Borja and Janelle Moran. There they proposed their project called “The Stimuloop” an architecture project that aims for a better city structure in Cebu.
Students left the covered court with a knowledge of what Mega Cebu was, and they officially became part of Club Mega.