Mayor Inday cites 30 doable projects in SOCA

STATE OF THE CITY. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, wearing an orange city government employee uniform, gestures as she delivers her State of the City Address (SOCA) at Sangguniang Panlungsod session hall on Tuesday. The mayor detailed her administration's accomplishments and presented future plans and programs for the city. LEAN DAVAL JR.
STATE OF THE CITY. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, wearing an orange city government employee uniform, gestures as she delivers her State of the City Address (SOCA) at Sangguniang Panlungsod session hall on Tuesday. The mayor detailed her administration's accomplishments and presented future plans and programs for the city. LEAN DAVAL JR.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Tuesday reported the accomplishments of “Byaheng DO30”, a three-year initiative of 30 doable and meaningful projects since her assumption to office last year.

Dressed in an orange-colored uniform of a city employee, the feisty lady mayor mentioned the status of the projects in her state of the city address (SOCA) before members of city council headed by older brother Vice Mayor Paolo Z. Duterte  during Tuesday’s regular session. Also in attendance were  city department heads and barangay officials.

One by one, Mayor  Sara reported on the10 priority areas of concerns of her government such as poverty alleviation, infrastructure development, solid waste management, education, health, agriculture, tourism, transportation planning and traffic management, peace and order, and disaster risk reduction and mitigation.

She underscored the contribution of these projects to the security and sustainable development of the city.

“We can achieve security and development if we are able to reduce poverty incidence, create a skilled and educated workforce and support globally competitive businesses,” the mayor said.

Among the highlights of Byaheng DO30 is the accomplishment in social services program, such as the medical assistance under the Lingap sa Mahirap project, a medical assistance which have benefited indigents; improvement of city shelters for abused women, elderly, children in conflict with the law, mentally-challenged children.

Under Lingap, the city launched the Pagkalinga sa Bayan, a one-stop shop at the Southern Philippines Medical Center where local and national government agencies provide financial and medical support to indigent patients from the city and neighboring provinces.

It was set up in July this year making it easier for indigent patients to get medical care, including hospital financial assistance, funeral/burial assistance, and pharmaceutical assistance.

For vulnerable sectors, Duterte-Carpio highlighted the improvement made on the Crisis Intervention Center (CIC) Balay Dangupan which earned the First Level Standards on August 2, 2016; Co Su Gian Home for the Aged and Abandoned Elderly with a Second Level Standards on August 3, 2016; Paginhawaan Drop-In Center for Abandoned and Neglected Street Children; Sidlakan for Victims of Domestic Violence; Lingap Center for Mentally-Challenged Children; BahayPag-asa for Children in Conflict with the Law; and, Quick Response Team for Children’s Concerns.

For these special shelters , the mayor said that from July 2016 to present, ₱50 million had been allocated for the establishment, operation and maintenance and upgrading and standardization of these residential facilities to satisfactorily meet the accreditation requirements of DSWD Standards Bureau.

Her administration also launched the Kean Gabriel Hotline 0908 818 4444 which is the city’s child abuse reporting number.

Since the establishment of the hotline, Duterte-Carpio said the city government had rescued 483 children.

“The Almighty has been very kind since we have not had a child death due to abuse in the past six months,” the mayor stressed.

Duterte-Carpio also bared the gains in the city’s programs for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, education, health, agriculture, tourism, business, environment, employment, livelihood, peace and order, and infrastructure development.

“The city government  envisions a future for Davao City where families can provide sufficient food for themselves, their children are skilled or college graduates and they live in decent housing,” Duterte-Carpio said.

She also announced the in the final months of 2017 the newest program of the city government called Pagbabago shall be launched. This campaign will focus on children to help them study harder for their future and a campaign for women to aim for a better future for their families.

“Education and planned responsible parenthood are our keys to overcome poverty,” said Mayor Carpio

She reported the city has accepted the partnership with San Miguel Foundation, Pilipinong May Puso Foundation, and the National Housing Authority to build a housing project in a property owned by the city government in barangay Los Amigos.

“The project, Biyaya ng Pagbabago, will showcase what we want to do for relocation in urban areas – multi-story buildings with residential units,” she said, adding that the contractor of the project already started pre-building construction on the site.

She reported there was a shortage of 851 classrooms at the start of school year 2016-2017. “Appropriations using the Special Education Fund for the school year have trimmed down the shortage by 22 percent or 665 classrooms for the current school year,” she reported.

She said that the city government also offered scholarship for students who wanted to continue their studies.

The mayor said 560 students availed themselves of the Scholarships on Tertiary Education Program (STEP) 560 students, 52 students for Financial Assistance Program for Lumads, while under Medical and Law School Educational Assistance Program, 37 medical students and 19 law students are benefited. On the other hand, the Technical and Vocational Skills Training Program are availed of by 49 students, Education Assistance for Persons with Disability or Persons with Special Needsby 14 students, Education Assistance for the twin bombing victims and their beneficiariesby 80 students and Special Educational Assistance Programby 248 students.

“I believe using scholarships to send students to world class private schools is a better strategy and better for their resume,” said Mayor Carpio.

The city  government also improved the honorarium of the home-based day care teachers and some of the barangay-based teachers, Mayor Sara said, adding that  “we believe that the increased incentives will improve the quality of the educational preparation made for our young children’s entry to kindergarten.”

She said her administration wants to develop a government property in Malagos into an Organic Farm and Agriculture Training Center which will showcase organic farming in an integrated farm presentation to inspire small to medium sized current and future farmers of the city.

“This center shall house the city’s own training center catering to agri-business enthusiasts as well as basic education to K-12 agriculture learners,” said Carpio

Mayor Carpio also thanked her father, then Mayor and now President Duterte for making Davao City an attractive place to local visitors and foreign tourists, and because of this local tourism will no longer need a big budget for its promotion.

“However, we are still being challenged by the perception of foreign tourists on Mindanao and this involves security and personal safety,” said Mayor Carpio. (With a report from Lilian Mellejor/Philippine News Agency )