Sara wants city buses, more infra projects

MAYOR Sara Duterte-Carpio yesterday said she wanted every resident of the city to “take home positive notes and optimism” as she delivered her State of the City Address (SOCA) outlining her administration’s accomplishments for the past 12 months and future projects.

Carpio said the local government envisions a future city where families can provide sufficient food for themselves, their children and skilled or college graduates and they live in decent housing.

The mayor enumerated the achievements of her Byaheng Do30, a three-year initiative of at least 30 projects under the 10 key priorities of her administration.

 The 10 priorities are poverty alleviation, infrastructure development, education, health, agriculture, tourism, peace and order, transportation planning and traffic management, solid waste management, disaster and risk reduction management.

 For the infrastructure, the city has completed 542 infrastructure projects with a total amount of P666,317,387 but the mayor said she wanted more projects.

 Carpio said the city is planning to construct the Museo Davao building, Davao City Investment Promotion Center (DCIPC) building, City Health Building, Agdao market modernization, Sasa Wharf rehabilitation, and Davao Food terminal.

 She vowed to pursue bypass and coastal roads, Toril flyover, the Mindanao Railway and the Davao-Samal Bridge.

  For the transportation and traffic management, the mayor said the city is planning to shift from the outdated and expensive public utility jeepneys to a more convenient, cleaner, and faster mode of transportation.

“We do not want our jeepney drivers to be poor and sickly, we want drivers to become entrepreneurs and invest in the HPBS (High Priority Bus System) project. In this way, they become our partners to a modernized transport system for the city,” Duterte said.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is assisting the city on the HPBS project.

The city mayor also encouraged the taxi operators in the city to create a mobile application and official taxi complaint site to keep “taxi industry relevant and efficient.”

“We do not want more alternative modes of transport in the streets because this would mean more vehicles on the streets and create further congestion,” Carpio said.

Meanwhile, Carpio commended the city health office as zero mortality on human rabies has been recorded from January to June 2017 and zero cases of malaria in endemic barangays of Marilog and Paquibato from July 2016 to June 2017 due to sustained activities for malaria prevention.

The mayor also acknowledged the Task Force Davao because no other bombing incident happened after the Sept. 2 bombing at the night market in Roxas.

Duterte also told reporters that she was satisfied with the leadership of Davao City Police Office director Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum as the crime statistics declined since he assumed office.

Based on the data, the DCPO has recorded a total crime volume of 5,634 from January to August 2017 compared to 7,653 of the same period in 2016.

“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, Oplan Lambat Bitag, and Oplan Double Barrel,” Carpio said.

In her speech, the mayor also asked the city council to pass ordinances for LED streetlight, bulk water supply and no parking.

Duterte asked the city council to “support our shift from high-pressure sodium light to the new LED lighting technology. We would like to shift to an energy efficient technology while increasing more light per watt.”

 Carpio said is she requesting an ordinance that allows the Davao City Water District and Apo Agua to tap the Tamugan River for their surface water project. “This is the alternative water source to allow time for our aquifers to recharge. There is an urgent need to support this project because of the increasing demand for a steady and sufficient supply of potable water in the city,” Duterte said.

For the no parking ordinace, Carpio said “there is a need to ban street parking in certain areas of the city to utilize a third line for traffic flow and as a complementary move, we have pushed for the granting of incentives to those who may build parking buildings and those who shall convert their idle lands to approved parking spaces or green spaces.”

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