Emergency Command Center. Senator Bong Go, in a simple ceremony at Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center Thursday handed over to Baguio City Officials headed by Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Congressman Mark Go the P200 million cheque fro President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for the establishment of an Emergency Command Center patterned to the 911 On Call system of Davao City. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Cordillera Model OFW Families. Land-based OFW Angelina Calaowa (6th from left - back row) joined by husband and family members on her left side and Sea - based OFW Alfonso Maico (7th from left - back row) with his wife and family in a photo opportunity during the OWWA - CAR led 2019 MOFYA regional awarding ceremony. Joining them at front row are OWWA - CAR Director Manuela Peña (2nd from right) and members of the MOFYA Regional Search and Screening Committee. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Independent PNP Internal Affairs. Regional Internal Affairs Service Advisory Council chairperson Atty. Alan Antonio Mazo (2nd from left) with council members Leonarda Aguinalde (middle) of the academe, Rachelle Ann Velilia (4th from left) of the youth sector and PIA - CAR Director Helen Tibaldo (government sector) presents the council resolution calling for the independence of the IAS from the PNP and supporting a House Bill filed by Davao Rep. Jericho Nograles for its transfer to DILG. Joining them, in the Kapihan media forum at PIA Cordillera office is RIAS - CAR Deputy Regional Director P/Lt. Col. Marcial Paclibon (left). (Lito Dar/PIA CAR

Baguio visitors enjoying the Snow Fall at Baguio Country Club's Christmas Village that formally opened last Saturday, Oct. 26. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Newly Refurbished. DepED OIC Director for Bureau of Learning Service Atty. Mark Bragado (left) with Baguio Teachers Camp Superintendent Dr. Diosdado Medina leads the ribbon cutting and blessing of the camp's administration building and other renovated/rehabilitated buildings inside Teachers Camp, Thursday, that include the Albert, Qurino, Rohas and Carlos P. Romulo Halls for better service to the Education Department's functions and to other clients. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Senior Citizens' Affairs. DSWD - CAR Asst. Regional Director for Operations Amelyn Cabrera (right) administer the oath taking of the newly elected officers of the Regional Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines that include Alfred Anod (President), David Asencio (Vice President), Edita Ibarra (Secretary) and Rufino Dolipas (Treasurer) during the 2nd semester consultation dialogue for Regional Inter - Agency Committee on Senior Citizen/Regional Monitoring Board and RFSCAP at Eurotel Baguio City, Thursday. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Malasakit Center. Senator Bong Go, in a simple ceremony Thursday, handed over to Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center Director Ricardo Ruñez the P5 million check from the office of the President for the initial operations of the BGHMC Malasakit Center, the 50th of its kind all over the country. Go also pledges another P5 million for emergency health assistance for indigent patients. Witness during the ceremony were Baguio officials headed by Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Congressman Mark Go and Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Metro mayors cite accomplishments in first 100 days in office

QUEZON CITY, Oct. 11 (PIA)--Six neophytes and a returning Metro Manila mayor were among those who reported on their respective accomplishments and challenges during their first 100 Days as local chief executives on Tuesday, Oct 7.

 

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto, San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora, Taguig City Mayor Lino Cayetano, Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano, and Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco discussed their respective salient programs implemented to resolve deep-seated issues in their cities on their 100th day since their latest assumption into office.

Photo of Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte from her her page.

In Quezon City, Mayor Josefina "Joy" Belmonte-Alimurung highlighted the road clearing operations dubbed as “QC Bayanihan sa Lansangan” that added 20 to 30 alternative roads to further decongest traffic in Metro Manila’s biggest city. The displaced caused by the clearing operations were encouraged to continue inside public markets or in alternative sites that do not obstruct public roads. The relocation of displaced vendors includes their profiling, registration, and creation of official identification cards for them. Around 3,200 vendors are registered.

“This way, they will no longer be taken advantage by syndicates, and they will be legal vendors in government-identified vending sites,” Belmonte said.

Belmonte also took action on the outbreak of African swine fewer (ASF) in three barangays, and urged backyard hog raisers to surrender their pigs for culling. Financial assistance was provided to hog raisers with P10-million allocation from the local government budget.

In Manila, the country’s capital, actor-turned-public servant Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" highlighted his “Bagong Maynila” campaign, which sought to elevate the city to greater 

Photo of Manila Mayor Isko Moreno from his FB page.

heights, buckling down to work on his first day, they were able to clear 3,373 roads all over the city, of illegal structures, peddlers, and other obstructions. This included the streets of Divisioria, Carriedo, Recto, Blumentritt, and Abad Santos, among others, all known hotspots for street vendors and illegal structures occupying major portions of roads.

Apart from that, through what he described as “good governance,” the city was able to restore some notable landmarks like the Arroceros Park, Bonifacio Shrine and the Ongpin monument into cleaner, more lively tourist-friendly spaces. The local government also demolished a total of 147 barangay halls that were obstructing public roads and sidewalks.

Photo of Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto from his FB page.

To entice more trade and commerce, Moreno also launched a one-stop shop to ease doing business in Manila. Some meaningful ordinances include a comprehensive social amelioration package to provide financial assistance for the city’s centenarians, persons with disability (PWDs), senior citizens, and students from state universities from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and the Universidad de Manila.

In what he described as, “the most challenging 100 days of my life,” Pasig City Mayor Victor Ma. Regis N. Sotto or just Mayor Vico, Metro Manila’s youngest local chief executive, said the city has shifted into preventive healthcare and implemented a universal healthcare coverage by allocating P36 million to cover residents with PhilHealth. He also provided all 42 Barangay Health Centers with medicine, medical supplies, and better facilities.

“Meron po tayong sapat na resources, sapat na pondo, sapat na talento para isa na po tayo sa magpapatupad ng universal health coverage,” Sotto emphasized.

Sotto also enforced stricter road rules, and discipline among local traffic enforcers. He suspended erring ones and required others to attend professional development programs to improve services.

Photo of San Juan CIty Mayor Francis Zamora from his FB page.

For San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora, started to deliver his campaign promise by building a condo-type high rise for the residents expected to be completed by first quarter of 2022.

“This was my campaign promise. I promised the people of San Juan that we will build an in-city public housing,” he said in an interview over a news channel.

“First of all, the first high-rise, in-city, socialized public housing in Philippines has started in San Juan. This is a 22-story, condominium-type public housing, which will be built in Barangay St. Joseph, and this is a first in the Philippines because usually the NHA buildings are only up to five floors,” Zamora said.

He said the city has been chosen by the Department of Information and Communications Technology to be the pilot for the Free WiFi Program and also first in the country to be covered with free wifi access in all public areas by 2020.

“Initially there are three areas already with free wifi, which are the San Juan City Hall, San Juan National High School, and our mini-park. But by 2020, all other areas will be covered by the free wifi program, and I’m talking about barangay halls, barangay basketball courts, multi-purpose halls, public schools, police community precincts, health centers, our markets, public hospitals, Pinaglabanan Shrine, and all other areas covered by the access points,” he added.

Finally, he underscored that they did away with the pay parking previously implemented in the city because of numerous complaints from the motorists and residents.

Photo of Taguig City Mayor Lino Cayetano during a groundbreaking event at the Bonifacio Global CIty.

For Taguig City Mayor Lino Cayetano, the first 100 days have been “exciting.”

In an interview over CNN Philippines, Cayetano said, “The project I’m most proud of so far is our SME center. While, the most difficult part of being mayor is just the complexity of problems.”

He said they have also intensified efforts on sidewalks in Taguig Streets through the city executive order that directed all city departments to ensure not only vehicular but more importantly, pedestrian mobility and safety.

“Kapag wala kasing sidewalk, ang tao ho naglalakad sa kalye. Kapag naglalakad sa kalye, tumitigil ang mga sasakyan. So with us, our efforts into clearing, we summarized it into an executive order and called it the Mobility EO,” he said.

Cayetano also prioritized the creation of parks and open spaces and cited the initiative of converting basketball courts into community centers and converting some infrastructures into more usable spaces.

With Taguig’s technological capability, he said they would continue to provide easy and free wifi access in the city’s 107 public spaces

The mayor has also expanded and strengthened city health programs under Taguig’s 10-point agenda.

“I want Taguig to be a caring community,” he said.

Photo of Pasay City Mayor  Imelda "Emi" Calicto-Rubiano from her FB page.

Meanwhile, Pasay City Mayor Imelda "Emi" Calixto-Rubiano emphasized as part of her initial accomplishments include the city’s comprehensive health programs, particularly on maternal and child health, out-of-school immunization programs, anti-dengue drives, and improved patient support in local hospitals, particularly the Pasay City General Hospital.

Calixto-Rubiano also highlighted their socialized housing program for city hall employees, in-city housing project and relocation program for informal settler families.

“We have addressed the 183 informal settler families in the city and their structures and issued more than 30 Certificates of Occupancy to Pasay Ville resettlement site,” she said.

She said they have developed full automation and updated the processes in line with ease of doing business to provide more efficient and effective public service through the One-Stop Shop Government Service Center.

Calixto-Rubiano added that they continue promoting Pasay as a premiere “Travel City” and a walkable, habitable city clear of road obstructions.

Navotas City Mayor Tobias "Toby" M. Tiangco, on the other hand, said, “The city government strives to provide decent jobs and livelihood opportunities to Navoteños. We intend to pursue more programs and services that would help our constituents gain meaningful employment and secure a sustainable source of income.”

With this, Tiangco reported that around 7,000 residents were given gainful employment and various livelihood assistance during his first 100 days in office.

This included a total of 4,379 being employed from July to September 2019, 3,000 beneficiaries of cash for work; 1,237 Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) recipients, 40 government interns and 102 hired job fair applicants.

The city also conducted a number of seminars to start a business.

In terms of addressing the city’s informal settler families, Tiangco said 178 ISFs who used to dwell in danger zones have been given a new, safe place to live with the local government’s housing project.

“Mula Hulyo hanggang Setyembre ngayong taon, 95 na informal settler families ang nailipat sa NavotaAs Homes 2-Tanza at 83 ang nagkabahay sa Caloocan at Bulacan,” he said.

Photo of Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco from his FB page. 

“Nasa bingit parati ng kapahamakan ang mga pamilyang nakatira sa gilid ng dagat o mga daluyan ng tubig. Kaya naman napakahalagang mailipat agad sila sa tahanang ligtas sa panganib, kung saan sila maaaring magsimula muli at mabuhay nang maayos,” the mayor added.

Only recently, the city was able to purchase five hectares of land that now houses close to 1,800 families.

Currently, he said, the local government had managed five in-city relocations. (PIA-NCR)

By Joedie Mae D. Boliver & Jerome Carlo R. Paunan

 

Baguio

  • Malasakit Center for indigent patients now open at BGHMC

    BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 12 (PIA) - - Emergency medical assistance for indigent patients is now available at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) with the opening of the government’s 50th Malasakit Center here   on November 7.

  • Baguio crime rate drops by 5 percent this year

    BAGUIO CITY  – The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) reported the crime rate in the city continues to decrease following the implementation of various programs, projects and interventions by the city police force to sustain the peace and order situation that has placed the country’s Summer Capital’s one of the peaceful cities not only in the country but also in the Southwest Asian region over the past years.

  • 2 Baguio schools get new buildings

    BAGUIO CITY  – The Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and \industry (FFCCCI) and the Baguio Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BFCCCI) formally turned two newly constructed schoolbuildings over to the concerned stakeholders of two public schools in the different parts of the city to help provide additional classrooms for the increasing student population in the said schools.

  • Olowan reports on 100-day council accomplishment

    BAGUIO CITY  – The city legislative body is headed towards the right direction in the legislating appropriate measures in support of the administration’s 15-point collective agenda.

  • DPWH asks for public understanding as Marcos Highway reblocking starts

    BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 7(PIA) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways – Baguio City District Engineering Office (DPWH-BCDEO) appeals for public understanding on the expected traffic build up with the rehabilitation of the two sections of Marcos Highway.

Benguet

  • Mankayan town embraces land banking for future use

    MANKAYAN, Benguet  – The municipal government embraced land banking as one of its main thrust that will allow the realization of the programmed expansion and future development projects that will move the municipality to greater heights.

  • Closure of Kennon road faces stiff opposition

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet  – The tremendous opposition to the proposed closure of the scenic and historic Kennon road to vehicular traffic for at least three years continues to snowball as the provincial board is on the verge of passing a resolution against the said plan.

  • DPWH-SBDEO officials charged for grave abuse of authority

    BUGUIAS, Benguet  – Some officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways – Second Benguet District Engineering Office (DPWH-SBDEO) were charged before the Office of the Ombudsman for alleged awarding a multi-million public works infrastructure project amounting to P56.7 million amidst defects in the contractor’s previous projects in violation of pertinent provisions of Republic Act (RA) 9184 or the Government Procurement Act.

  • Benguet Adivay Festival 2019 opens

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov. 7(PIA) -- Gong beating and blowing of bamboo horns signaled the opening of Benguet’s 119th Foundation Anniversary celebration thru the Adivay Festival 2019 on Wednesday (Nov. 6).

  • Police told to strictly implement traffic, transportation laws

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov. 8 (PIA) -- The Philippine National Police  intensifies   enforcement of laws on  transportation and traffic rules with  emphasis on overloading and  hitching  rides to help ensure  the safety of the riding public.

Mt. Province

  • Mountain Province share national accounting awards limelight

    BONTOC, Mountain Province – The provincial government and three municipal governments stole the limelight in the recently concluded annual gathering of the Association of Government Certified Public Accountants of the Philippines as the same were adjudged for having the best accounting offices in their categories.

  • Consumers learn about sustainable consumption

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 29 (PIA)--Consumers in the province learned about sustainable consumption in a live kapihan among Consumernet-member agencies led by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in coordination with Radyo Pilipinas in celebration of Consumer Welfare Month.

  • Sagada LGU bans entry of live pigs, pork meat and products

    SAGADA, Mountain Province, Oct. 25 (PIA)-- The entry of live pigs, pork meat and pork products is banned in this town to ensure that it remains free from the African Swine Fever (ASF).

  • Mt. Province among high complying LGUs in road clearing operations

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 25(PIA)--  The ten   municipal  government  units  in the province  have   diligently implemented the   presidential directive to clear all public  roads  in their jurisdictions  of obstructions  making  Mountain Province   among the high complying provinces  nationwide  based on the assessment released by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

  • DOH-CAR starts feeding program for undernourished kids,pregnant women

    PARACELIS, Mountain Province, Sept. 26 (PIA) -- The Department of Health Center of Health Development (DOH-CHD) Cordillera under its Nutrition Program started a feeding program for nutritionally-at-risk pregnant women and undernourished under-five children in nine barangays in this town.

IFUGAO

  • Ifugao students trained on basic life support

    HINGYON, Ifugao, Nov. 13 (PIA) - - Government agencies here are continuously providing enhancement training to students to be disaster first responders in the community to prevent the loss of lives and properties.

  • A. Lista stude tops 1st PhilHealth quiz bee in Ifugao

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Nov. 13 (PIA) - -  A student from Alfonso Lista topped  the “First PhilHealth National Quiz Bee”   conducted by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation in partnership with the Department of Education  in the province.

  • Ifugao PPOC,PDAC declare NPAs persona non-grata

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Nov. 8 (PIA) - - The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC)  passed a joint resolution declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army, National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF)  and other threat groups as persona non-grata.

  • Senior citizens urged to stay healthy, productive

    TINOC, Ifugao, Oct. 31(PIA) - - “Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.  Do not regret growing older, it’s a privilege denied to many. Age is not a matter of mind, and if you don’t mind, it does not matter.”

  • Ifugao PDRRMC reorganized

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct.30 (PIA) - - Governor Jerry Dalipog has   re-organized and expanded the membership of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) to help sustain the gains of partnership with and among public and private sectors in building disaster resilience, institutionalizing arrangement and measures for reducing the risks of disasters including the projected climate risks and enhance disaster preparedness and response capabilities at all levels.

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