Alay-Lakad gives hope to out-of-school youth

(The following is a speech delivered by Mayor Paz C. Radaza during the Alay-Lakad 2014 on September 14, 2014, 6:00 am, at the Lapu-Lapu City Hall grounds.)

Theme: “Sa bawat hakbang, kinabukasan at kabuhayan para sa kabataan.”

An American Novelist once said and I quote, ‘What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?’

This morning we just supported a very noble cause.

Nimata na sab kita ug sayo sa buntag aron sa paggahin ug oras alang sa atong mga kabatan-onan.

We walk to give hope to our out-of-school-youths. We gave them the opportunity to finish their studies and acquire skills that they can use for their future.
Mayor Paz C. Radaza  (front row, 2nd from R) spearheads Alay Lakad 2014.
Let it be known that this walk has supported 138 out of school youths.

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Lapu-Lapu one of fastest growing cities: Radaza

(The following was the State of the City Address delivered by Mayor Paz C. Radaza on August 27, 2014 at the Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City.)

Lapu-Lapu: The Historic Resort City is no doubt one of the fastest growing places in Cebu.

Investments are not just coming in, they are knocking on our door daily. Investor confidence and economic growth did not just happen overnight.
State of the City Address
When I assumed office, I endeavoured to reach out to the business community. I extended my hands in partnership.

I did not just tell them that I will work hard to create a favorable investment climate. I did not just assure them that my administration will espouse good governance and accountability. I did not just promise them that I will serve the Oponganons well.
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Lapu-Lapu ready to partner with startups

(The following was the speech given by Mayor Paz Radaza during a gathering of local and international technologists who joined Geeks On A Beach.)

Before I start my speech, let me share with you my three favorite apps. One that I used very often on my iPad is the Gmail app. The two others are Angry Birds and Tap a Lot.

I am happy that of Tina Amper, Doris Mongaya of PRworks and the rest of the team chose to hold “Geeks on a Beach” here in Lapu-Lapu City. I believe you agree with me that they made the right decision.

In case you don’t know, you’re in a city that’s part of world history. Chances are, you don’t know who Lapu-Lapu is. But I’m sure you know Ferdinand Magellan. Let’s just say that Lapu-Lapu put on EOL (end of life) date on Magellan and his quest to travel around the world in 1521. I sure hope Lapu-Lapu City won’t put an EOL date on your startups and ideas.

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Mayor leads Charter Day celebration

Mayor Paz C. Radaza led other officials in paying tribute to Oponganons who have worked hard to make Lapu-Lapu what it is today during the City’s 53rd Charter Day celebration on June 17, 2014.
The ceremony started with a flag raising attended by Mayor Radaza, other City Government officials and employees, and guests at City Hall.

Mayor Paz C. Radaza
Mayor Paz C. Radaza pays tribute to outstanding Oponganons during the City’s 53rd Charter Day celebration on June 17, 2014. (Photo by Fritz John Menguito)

Lapu-Lapu was turned into a city with its own charter through Republic Act 3134, which was signed by former Philippine President Carlos P. Garcia on June 17, 1961.

Radaza, in her speech, said Oponganons bear witness to the growth of Lapu-Lapu City. She paid tribute to those who have contributed and continue to contribute to its development.

She mentioned as well young Oponganons who have brought honor to the city and showed the world their talents and skills.
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Lapu-Lapu student athletes win 10 medals in PNG 2014

Lapu-Lapu City student athletes bagged 10 medals during the Philippine National Games 2014 held from May 16 to 25 in Metro Manila, Mayor Paz C. Radaza announced on Wednesday, May 28.

PNG 2014 delegates from Lapu-Lapu won one gold, five silver, and four bronze medals in four sports disciplines, she added.

Mayor Paz C. Radaza presents the student athletes who bag medals during the recent Philippine National Games 2014.
Mayor Paz C. Radaza presents the student athletes who bag medals during the recent Philippine National Games 2014. (Photo by Ariel Berdon)

The 37 delegates, accompanied by coaches and support staff including Lapu-Lapu City sports consultant Norvin Imbong and City Division Sports Coordinator Nene Booc, joined the competition for the first time. They left for Manila on May 14, 2014.

Lapu-Lapu students chosen to join the different sports events were medallists from the recent CVRAA meet. They had the full support of the City Government, which shouldered the expenses of the young athletes.
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City hands over firetruck to Basak

Barangay Basak received a firetruck this month from the Lapu-Lapu City Government.

Mayor Paz C. Radaza turned over the equipment to Basak barangay chief Isabelito Darnayla during a short ceremony on May 20, 2014.

Also present during the event were District Fire Marshal Supt. Oscar Mayol, barangay councilors, as well as 10 fire officers who have undergone basic firefighting training and who will be assigned at Basak.

Lapu-Lapu City Fire Department records said 13 fires hit the city in the first quarter of 2014, higher compared to the eight cases last year.

Basak barangay chief Isabelito Darnayla (left) receives the keys to a brand new firetruck from District Fire Marshal Oscar Mayol and Mayor Paz C. Radaza (right).
Basak barangay chief Isabelito Darnayla (left) receives the keys to a brand new firetruck from District Fire Marshal Oscar Mayol and Mayor Paz C. Radaza (right). (Photo by Ariel Berdon)

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Police chief conducts public safety seminar in Caubian

The Lapu-Lapu City Office headed by officer-in-charge Senior Supt. Armando Radoc gathered barangay officials in Caubian for a training.

Those who attended and supported the Barangay Public Safety and Enhancement Seminar Caubian Island include barangay officials, Barangay Public Safety Officers (BPSO), Unified Task Force (UTF), Task Force Kalikasan (TFK), Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT), as well as Mayor Paz C. Radaza.
Barangay officials attend a public safety seminar organized by the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office.
The seminar was intended to update the barangay about the different city ordinances, its functions and responsibilities, as well as the passage of barangay ordinances and their justifying circumstances as enshrined in Art. II of the Revised Penal Code.

Kahayag Parade winners

One of the highlights of the Kadaugan Street Party is the Kahayag Parade which includes cosplayers, higantes, and floats decorated with colourful LED lights. At least 70 cosplayers from around the country, 13 higantes, and seven floats were registered for the event. The LED light décor lent a new twist to the parade and made it the first light parade in the province of Cebu.
Kadaugan Street Party cosplay participants
Here are the parade contest winners:
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Barangays undergo training on emergency response

At least 30 barangay officers attended a training on emergency response organized by the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office.

Those who attended the seminar held this month are members of the Barangay Public Safety Office (BPSO), United Task Force, and Task Force Kalikasan. They were also briefed on the correct conduct of arrests and implementation of barangay ordinances.
barangay training
Acting City Police Chief Armando Radoc led training started last April 24 and held so far in the barangays of Pajo, Pusok, and Babag.

Kadaugan Street Party gets bigger every year

Although the Kadaugan sa Mactan was already celebrated annually at the Liberty Shrine in Lapu-Lapu City, the space could only accommodate a number of spectators.

To further give importance and special attention to the valor and triumph depicted during the Battle of Mactan, Councilor Harry Radaza during his first term in office organized the first ever Kadaugan Street Party in 2011.

Radaza was then the chairman of the tourism committee.

The first Kadaugan Street Party was a huge success. It was a 2-day event attended by more than 80,000 people who joined street events and activities.
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