EDITORIAL| The state of the city

LIKE the  State of the Nation Address or SONA  which is delivered by the President of the Philippines every year,  our mayor will deliver the State of the City Address today at the Sangguniang Panlungsod with the Vice Mayor and councilors in attendance. This is the first SOCA of the mayor this term.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio will present updates on the Do30 campaign  which  is the list of 30 things her administration will accomplish in her three-year term. These are 30 priority project  under the 10 priority sectors which include poverty alleviation; infrastructure development; solid waste management; health; education; agriculture; tourism; transportation planning and traffic management; peace and order; and disaster risk and mitigation.

Similar to the SONA, it is expected to present the state of the city, the local government’s agenda for the coming year and legislative measures it wants the council to consider.

The city has been through difficult  challenges this past year. The Sept. 2 blast at the Roxas Nigh Market by alleged Maute members and the imposition of Martial Law last May 23, would test the mettle of any local executive.  It also showed the strength of the mayor , here spine of steel, in securing the city and implementing no nonsense procedures.

There were also big ticket economic projects she vetoed which may have been unpopular to many. Yet, she stood her ground, saying that the project’s repercussion to the environment is in question.  She believes that a calibrated economic growth of the city is more viable and can be done through highly sustainable projects,  commercially and environmentally.

Today, the mayor will lay out her vision of the city and the updates of the 30 goals that she has to do until her term ends.

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