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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on Tuesday thanked Cebuanos for their “continued support” to the programs of the national government under the leadership of her father, President Rodrigo Duterte.

Mayor Sara, who is in Cebu to grace the opening of the month-long celebration of the 450th founding anniversary of the province, is hopeful that Cebuanos would continue to support her father’s presidency in the remaining three years.

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia accompanied Mayor Sara in hopping from one booth to another to look at the agricultural products and delicacies showcased in the agri-fishery trade fair inside the Cebu Provincial Capitol compound here.

During the formal program at the Cebu Provincial Capitol Social Hall, the leader from Mindanao hailed the province’s socio-economic development and for being a “center of trade, commerce, education, and industry in the Visayas for the past four and a half centuries.”

“The Province of Cebu is definitely a force to be reckoned with. And the proof of the province how it has positioned itself as a main tourism and investment destination south of Manila is something other places and local government units can learn from, especially Davao City and Davao Region,” the mayor of Davao City said in her message delivered in front of the members of the provincial board, town mayors and vice mayors.

The younger Duterte noted the efforts of the officials of 44 towns and seven component cities in Cebu province in “coming together in the shared pursuit of sustainable development.”

Garcia, in her speech, said there were hardships and challenges, “yet we stood firmly, ready to face the next tomorrow. That is the indubitable unbreakable skills of the Cebuanos.” “I say with deep sense of hope because throughout the four and a half centuries, we have seen the colonization of Cebu, the coming of the Americans, the occupation by the Japanese, the typhoons, the earthquakes and the attempts to break up Cebu into four provinces… we not only survived, we prevailed,” the governor said.

The month-long celebration will showcase the provincial government’s wide range of projects, including the relaunching of Garcia’s long-time community-based tourism development program dubbed “Suroy-Suroy sa Sugbo on Aug. 14 and “Pasigarbo sa Sugbo 2019” at the Cebu City Sports Center on August 25.

The founding anniversary celebration will culminate in unity and solidarity activities on Aug. 30 and 31 at the Cebu Provincial Capitol Social Hall. (PNA)