Governor Gwendolyn Garcia praised the completion of the two-story District Office of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Ronda as a showcase of the Cebuanos’ strong spirit of resiliency amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Taliwala sa pandemya gipakita gayud kanang akong gitawag nga lig-on nga diwa sa Sugbuanon. Dili motalikod og hagit, atubangon ug ipakita nga kaya nato ang maong hagit,” she expressed.
Garcia said that the new building proved that no pandemic can stop the developments in Cebu Province.
She praised Ronda Mayor Terrence Blanco and LTO-7 Director Victor Caindec for pursuing the construction inspite the short notice.
"Busa sa paghimo niining LTO, 20 days, salamat mayor kay wa gyud ninyo gigamit nga rason 'di mi uy kay Covid baya'," the governor said.
Garcia added that the direction of the Province is to rebuild the economy brought down by the pandemic.
"Panahon na atimanon ta na ang ekonomiya, atimanon ta na ang panginabuhi sa atong mga kaigsuonan nga Sugbuanon," she said, assuring all Rondahanons and Cebuanos that the Province will do everything to revive the economy of Cebu so their lives will improve again.
In the short period of 20 days, the LTO-Ronda District Office is now open to residents of the southwestern part of Cebu.
This is the 15th district office of LTO 7 adding to the existing 2 extension offices, 4 licensing centers, 3 driver's license renewal office (DLRO), 1 e-patrol, and 1 Malasakit Lounge.
The new LTO Ronda District Office can temporarily accommodate 80-100 persons with the implementation of the health protocols such as social distancing, according to its officer-in-charge (OIC) Chief Mhike Jelord Rollo.
Caindec thanked 7th District Representative Peter John Calderon for authoring Republic Act 11437 establishing the LTO district office in Ronda town.
He also thanked Garcia for the Capitol’s continued support to the agency.
Caindec narrated that when the approval of the establishment of the Ronda District Office was released by LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante, he then challenged Ronda Mayor Blanco to build the structure for the said district office.
Blanco said that establishing the LTO office is a dream come true for his municipality.
The mayor added that the current Ronda District Office which is located at Poblacion, Ronda is a temporary office and an official office will be built soon.
Calderon also said that the residents under his district and the neighboring towns and municipalities have no reason not to get a license and to register their motor vehicles.
Present during the inauguration of the said office are Cebu Board Members Jerome Librando and Christopher Baricuatro, and the mayors of Badian, Dumanjug, Moalboal, Alcantara, Alegria, Santander, and former mayor of Samboan.
In the same event, 100 students from Barili to Santander who finished the Theoretical Driving Course from November 16 until 18 were given their certificates of graduation.
Meanwhile, Garcia also inaugurated on the dame day the P3 million Persons with Disability (PWD) Rehabilitation Center located beside the LTO-Ronda District Office.
With great magnanimity, the governor gave recognition to former governor and now Vice Gov. Hilario Davide III who started the project in 2018.
Provincial Social Welfare Department Office Chief Marivic Garces said the facility can accommodate senior citizens from the 7th District who will need rehabilitation aside from PWDs.
She said Ronda was chosen as beneficiary of this project because of the high incidence of PWDs in the district and the availability of the titled municipal lot.
She added that the mayor was also willing to allocate budget for the maintenance of the center, as well as the honorarium for the therapist.
Garces also said the municipal social welfare office are trained about the program. (Vanessa L. Almeda with PR)