Before Michael “Mike” Lopez Rama was proclaimed as the duly elected Mayor of Cebu City for the term 2010–2013, he served three terms as Vice Mayor of Cebu City and was elected the National President of the Vice Mayors League of the Philippines (VMLP).
Rama, the son of the late Fernando Rama and Natividada Lopez, was born on October 28, 1954. He is the grandson of former Senator Vicente Rama.
Rama graduated as their grade school valedictorian at Basak Elementary School in Cebu City. He attended high school at the University of Southern Philippines and earned a pre-med degree from Velez College. He took up graduate studies in Law at the San Beda College in Manila. Rama passed the bar exam in 1983.
Prior to being elected as Cebu City’s Mayor, Michael Rama vowed to give the tourism sector a boost. To make this possible, he aims to push for a massive tourism project for Cebu. He stressed that he plans to prioritize order and development in the city’s roads, traffic and coastal areas, and the enhancement of the city’s heritage.
Rama added that he will initiate more projects that will bring in more participation from the stakeholders. One of these is the development of the city’s heritage. According to him, there are establishments in Cebu that need to be preserved because of the history behind them, like Colon, the country’s oldest street.
He also plans to utilize the coastal areas and to further boost the income of the city, more infrastructure should be put up like high-rise condominiums, convention centers and other investments devoted to real estate.
1. “Adopt a Police Station.” This aims to tap with companies to help renovate the police stations of Cebu City. The government partnered with the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Mabolo Police Station, Waterfront Police Station and San Nicolas Station were already. renovated
2. Relocation of the city jail to Kalunasan. The prisoners were transferred to a better location. The Cebu City government sought the assistance of former President Arroyo for the funding of the 2nd building of the City Jail.
3. Establishment of the city’s local and foreign job fairs.
4. Renovation of the legislative building.
5. Codification of the Cebu City ordinances.
6. Established and implemented annual activities.
- “Pasko sa Sugbo” - Nightly activities at Fuente Osmeña
- “Buhing Kalbaryo” – Lenten presentation from San Nicolas Church to Guadalupe
- Downtown Revitalization Project
Member, Integrated Bar of the Philippines
Member, Young Lawyers Association of Cebu (YLAC)
Member, Rotary Club of Cebu, Guadalupe
Past Member, Board of Regents, Cebu Normal University
Former President, Accredited Voluntary Arbitrators of Cebu
Former President, Young Lawyers Association on Voluntary Arbitration (PAVA) – Visayas
Former Chairman, Cebu City Youth Development Council
Former National President, Philippine Councilors League of the Philippines