The City Government of Ormoc City, under the leadership of Mayor Richard Gomez and Vice Mayor Carmelo “Toto” Locsin, Jr., is doing everything to realize its dream of establishing the Greater Ormoc Metropolitan Area (GOMA).
Reports have it that the Gomez administration, also known as the Ormoc Development Team, targets to develop 100 to 200 hectares business district outside the existing commercial spaces and residential areas in the city.
In fact, the local government unit asked the help of some urban planners from Palafox Associates in the creation of innovative design plans for the upcoming Greater Ormoc Metropolitan Area, which is said to be patterned after the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City and Rockwell in Makati City.
“What we want to do is to bring development outside (the) downtown area by putting up a township outside the city’s commercial district,” Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez told the Philippine News Agency in an interview. “This is a very ambitious plan, but we have to make the first step now. We have been opening new diversion roads and talk(ing) to potential investors,” the husband of 4th District of Leyte Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez went on.
At the moment, the city government is making efforts to identify a specific area for the upcoming development where new commercial centers, housing areas, and the business district would rise. Too, the Gomez administration has yet to come up with the total cost of investment.
In preparation for the Greater Ormoc Metropolitan Area, Mayor Richard Gomez revealed, during his 2019 State of the City Address in October, some of the priority projects he aims to accomplish by the end of his second term. These include establishments of additional integrated schools and a community college in the city, the realization of Lake Danao Water System, the establishment of the Water Board to supervise the ORWASA operations, creation of People’s Council, and the enactment of the Tourism Code to hasten the development of tourism sites here.
“The mandate to serve is our honor and privilege, and we embrace the call wholeheartedly, knowing that not every person is given this privilege. As your city officials, we impose upon ourselves the duty to deliver a self – reliant, radiant and developed Ormoc, a City that takes care of its people, a place that one will always want to call home,” Mayor Gomez stated during his SOCA. “We won’t be able to do it alone,” he added.