STATE OF THE CITY AD­DRESS

Sun.Star Davao - - NEWS - By Macky Lim

Last Septem­ber 12, 2017, Tues­day, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Car­pio de­liv­ered her first State of the City Ad­dress in­side the jam­packed Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lung­sod Ses­sion Hall at­tended by Davao City Coun­cil, re­gion di­rec­tors of na­tional agen­cies, mil­i­tary and po­lice of­fi­cials, mem­bers of the diplo­matic corps, city de­part­ment heads, VIPs, and other in­vited guests.

High­lighted in her first Soca is Bya­heng DO30, a three-year ini­tia­tive of the 30 doable and sig­nif­i­cant projects that she started last year, and yes Bya­heng DO30 is also a ti­tle of the city-run tele­vi­sion pro­gram every Sun­day morn­ing aired at GMA Davao chan­nel 5 high­light­ing these projects of the city gov­ern­ment.

In her speech Mayor Sara pointed out that the formula for Davao to achieve se­cu­rity and de­vel­op­ment the gov­ern­ment must ad­dress poverty re­duc­tion, cre­ate a skilled and ed­u­cated work­force and hand in hand sup­port of the glob­ally com­pet­i­tive busi­nesses.

Just last Thurs­day morn­ing, I roamed around the Ban­kero­han pub­lic mar­ket for a photo walk and asked ran­dom peo­ple about their views on Mayor Sara’s per­for­mance and projects.

Jovie Sabroso, one of the pub­lic com­fort room at­ten­dants at the mar­ket’s fish sec­tion, gave a pos­i­tive re­view.

“I like Mayor Sara’s gov­er­nance be­cause she is tough and her tough­ness al­ways lies in the right place.” Jovie said in ver­nac­u­lar.

In the Soca, the city achieved a sig­nif­i­cant de­crease of 2,019 cases in the to­tal crime vol­ume from Jan­uary to Au­gust this year as com­pared to the same pe­riod last year. Last year, the fig­ure was at 7,653 cases. This year, it's down to 5,634.

“Credit also goes to the full im­ple­men­ta­tion of Oplan Iron City, a team­work be­tween the po­lice and po­lice aux­il­iaries de­ployed in strate­gic places to pro­vide se­cu­rity cover thru static post, foot, bike, mo­bile, com­bat pa­trol ac­com­pa­nied by re­lent­less anti-crim­i­nal­ity op­er­a­tions of Oplan Bu­la­bog (an­ti­crime), Oplan Lam­bat Bitag (road clear­ing op­er­a­tions), Oplan Dou­ble Bar­rel among oth­ers,” Mayor Sara said.

Ale­jan­dro Olarte, who has been sell­ing taho for 20 years now, also gave Mayor Sara's ad­min­is­tra­tion the thumbs up.

“I can see a clear sense of di­rec­tion where the city is head­ing when she is gov­ern­ing us to­gether with its poli­cies that pro­tects and makes the city more pros­per­ous,” Olarte also said in the ver­nac­u­lar.

While Olarte and Sabroso were full of praises both pointed out the wors­en­ing traf­fic sit­u­a­tion as a con­cern that the City Hall has to ad­dress.

One of the projects be­ing eyed by the lo­cal gov­ern­ment is the high pri­or­ity bus sys­tem wherein a much cleaner, faster and mod­ern­ized mode of trans­porta­tion is be­ing of­fered for the con­ve­nience of the rid­ing pub­lic.

Also the Mayor urged taxi op­er­a­tors to con­verge and to in­vest in a sin­gle DavaoTaxi app that aims to keep Davao’s taxi ser­vices rel­e­vant and ef­fi­cient. Adding other modes of trans­port will just add to the con­ges­tion.

Though Davao seems to sur­pass its tar­gets every sin­gle year, there are prob­lems that have to be ad­dressed im­me­di­ately like traf­fic, thus the gov­ern­ment must cope with the ever chang­ing dy­nam­ics of so­ci­ety and its de­mand for swift change.

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