Espinoza: Compostela in my mind

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A town nestled in between the town of Liloan and Danao City is Compostela, a third-class municipality of the Province of Cebu and with a population of 55,874, according to the 2020 census. Newly elected Mayor Jury Quiño has so many huge plans on how to make his hometown livable and economically competitive with its neighbors.

Compostela has beach and mountain resorts and some industries, but it has no big commercial establishments yet unlike its neighbors Liloan and Danao City. The Municipality of Liloan is the hometown of Fifth District Rep. Vincent Franco “Duke” Frasco and spouse Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco, and these two officials have groomed their town to become a city and, perhaps, a lone congressional district.

In a chance meeting with Mayor Jury Quiño in the Danlag family’s home in Poblacion, Compostela a week ago during a lunch hosted by Roy Danlag, Mayor Quiño laid out his plans in improving the economic status of his municipality.

One of the big plans of Mayor Quiño is to invite big commercial establishments for them to put up their shopping centers in the town’s poblacion. But, before the town mayor could invite these commercial establishments, the municipality has to provide a huge space and at this moment, the town is wanting in available ground space.

To do this, Mayor Quiño said they have to increase the area of their existing reclamation on the seafront, which is across the town hall. The municipality would also have to move the existing public market to another location, which the mayor is yet to name. The settlers on the reclaimed area would also have to be relocated for the town to provide a huge space for a big shopping center.

Mayor Quiño proudly claims that he has no problems with the town’s councilors since they are one in their ambitious plans to economically improve their hometown. The mayor said he also has the support of Congressman Frasco and Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia.

In the May 9, 2022 polls, Mayor Quiño ran and won against his brother, former mayor Joel Quiño. The town mayor said his leadership is inclusive and he will continue the best practices of the previous administration, whose mayor then was his nephew and now Vice Mayor Froilan Ochea Quiño.

Those present during that lunch tendered by the Danlag family, particularly Roy, said to me that Mayor Jury is the kind of leader their hometown needs. Well, Compostelahanons should wish for the best for their town. “Let’s see the scatter” soon.

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The decline in the number of Covid-19 infections should not be a reason for us to be overconfident and think that this virus is leaving us soon. The Department of Health (DOH) reported over 19,000 cases from Aug. 22 to 28, a decline from the 23,883 cases recorded from Aug. 15 to 21. The DOH officials and experts in infectious disease have kept reminding us to continue practicing the health protocols: wearing a face mask when inside an enclosed environment, avoiding the crowd, and hand-washing with soap or applying alcohol/sanitizer on hands.

I can recall that DOH Officer-in-Charge Maria Rosario Vergerie had predicted an increase in the number of those infected with Covid-19 next month due to events that gather huge crowds that experts consider as virus spreader events.

Let’s just hope that the very successful Pasigarbo sa Sugbo 2022 last Sunday, Aug. 28, would not be a source of the spread of the virus that causes Covid-19. The event, part of the province’s 453rd founding anniversary, was participated in by 50 contingents that represented towns and cities of the Province of Cebu, and it gathered a crowd and many were not wearing face masks.