Mindanao Times » mayor sara duterte davao city http://mindanaotimes.net Fri, 21 Sep 2018 02:22:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 2 choices for Mayor Sara: Reelection or Congress http://mindanaotimes.net/2-choices-for-mayor-sara-reelection-or-congress/ http://mindanaotimes.net/2-choices-for-mayor-sara-reelection-or-congress/#comments Sun, 28 Jan 2018 11:14:55 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=53535 ]]> MAYOR SARA Duterte-Carpio reiterated her plans to run for the mayoralty position in next year’s elections, virtually shutting down all rumors of her gunning for a senatorial seat in preparation for a presidency.

During the 50th Annual Installation of Officers and Trustees of Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) on Friday at SMX Davao Convention Center, Duterte said she intends to follow through with her programs for the progress of the city.

However, she’s not fully closing the possibility that she might run as a representative in the First Congressional District.

“Everything is still fluid right now,” Duterte said, adding that she will heed the clamor of the people. “But if it is just up to me, I would like to run for mayor. I want to see the projects like farm-to-market roads and high priority bus system to come into fruition during my term.”

Duterte started to join in politics as the city’s vice mayor in 2007 to 2010. She became the first lady mayor of the city for the years 2010 to 2013 and was elected again for the same position in 2016 to 2019.

Early this month, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) released its survey conducted on Dec. 8-11 last year, baring that Duterte was among the top 12 bets for the senatorial race. The mayor ranked ninth after former senator Pia Cayetano, re-electionist Juan Edgardo Angara and former senators Jose Ejercito Jr. and Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

The mayor’s final decision will be determined before the filing of certificates of candidacy in October.

Ma. Alegria Limjoco, president of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said during DCCCII’s event last Friday that they are also clamoring for the mayor to run for the national position.

“We thought we will see you in the national area,” Limjoco said.

Mayor Duterte said she needed to finish first her pet projects like the farm-to-market roads and high priority bus system that would help ease traffic in the city. The city government allocated P370 million for road developments, including the farm-to-market roads.

The high priority bus system, meanwhile, is aimed to serve as safer mass transport system for the public, Duterte said. She said this is in partnership with the Asian Development Bank, which is targeted to be set up in the middle of next year.

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Mayor Sara to request PNP to assign more police in the city http://mindanaotimes.net/mayor-sara-to-request-pnp-to-assign-more-police-in-the-city/ http://mindanaotimes.net/mayor-sara-to-request-pnp-to-assign-more-police-in-the-city/#comments Sun, 28 Jan 2018 11:12:36 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=53525 ]]> THE CITY government will request the Philippine National Police (PNP) to augment the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) with an additional of 2,500 police officers to keep up with the growing population in the city.

Mayor Sara Duterte said in the 50th Annual Installation of Officers and Trustees of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. on Friday at SMX Davao Convention Center that the figures have to be increased from the current at 1,700 police officers under DCPO.

“We have about 1.6 million population as of 2015 and we think we have more now,” Duterte said, citing that it is high time to increase the number of those that would secure the growing number of people in the urban center.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) recorded that as of 2015, the city posted population of 1.63 million with a growth rate of 2.30% a year.

As of 2012, data from PSA bared that the ratio of police to population was 1:756, or one police officer for every 756 residents, in Davao Region. There were 132 police officers for every 100,000 population in the region.

“To ensure the safety of people and businesses in the city, the city government and the DCPO are working hand-in-hand in providing better and more security logistics,” Duterte said.

In April last year, the city approved to provide around 900 police auxiliaries to the DCPO. But since then, about a hundred of police volunteers quit their post.

“We are also continuing to deploy police auxiliaries to augment the police in patrolling strategic areas throughout the city. We want to keep Davao City’s pride of being the safest city in the country for both people and businesses,” Duterte said.

The issue on the safety and security remained a challenge to attract investors.

European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines president Guenter Taus said recently in the Mindanao Business Briefing at Seda Abreeza Hotel that the government has to pursue a swift action to address the issue on peace and order situation for the entire Mindanao, which includes Davao.

“As a chamber of commerce, our mandate is to encourage businesses and investors from Europe to consider investment destinations in the Philippines such as Davao. However, I must highlight that it becomes increasingly difficult for us to do so as the peace and order situation continues to remain volatile and the region remains under Martial Law,” Taus said.

But Duterte said the city continued to become a safe haven for investors despite the Martial Law declaration. She said the city government, through the City Tourism Operations Office and Davao City Investment Promotion Center, is also working on a brand campaign to highlight the city as a peaceful destination.

“A series of road shows, targeting foreign chambers of commerce, tourism associations, and embassies, will also be organized to promote the city as a safe and secured choice to invest, live, and play,” Duterte said. (KMF)

Last year, the Japanese government donated 40 Montero vehicles to the PNP, with 26 of the vehicles detailed at the DCPO.

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Biz renewal collection up 36% this year: mayor http://mindanaotimes.net/biz-renewal-collection-up-36-this-year-mayor/ http://mindanaotimes.net/biz-renewal-collection-up-36-this-year-mayor/#comments Sun, 28 Jan 2018 11:03:03 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=53470 ]]> The City Treasurer’s Office collected P1.2 billion during the business permit renewal period that ended on Jan. 20.

Mayor Sara Duterte said during the 50th Annual Installation of Officers and Trustees of Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) on Friday at SMX Davao Convention Center that the collection was 36% higher than what was collected during the business permit renewal period last year.

“We thank you, the business community, for diligently paying your local taxes. We assure you that your city government will allocate these funds to more meaningful projects and programs for the development of the city,” Duterte said.

The business permit renewal period was conducted on Jan. 2-20.

As of last year, the Business Bureau registered 40,499 businesses with combined capitalization of P272 billion. This increased from 39,000 businesses, which had total capitalization of P230 billion in 2016.

Duterte said the increasing trend in the number of businesses showed heightened business confidence despite the Martial Law declaration in Mindanao, which took effect on May 23 last year. She said the declaration only “took a temporary dip” for the local economy as the city’s economy bounced back beginning in August.

“The feats that we have achieved last year are a challenge for us to reach a higher peak in business and investments for 2018. I assure you that the city government of Davao will equally support the advocacies of the Chamber, as you have continuously supported the directions of the city government,” Duterte said.

Arturo M. Milan, newly installed president of DCCCII, said they vowed to continue in supporting the city government. In line with this, he said there is a need for the businesses to pay the correct levies as way to help the government.

“We have to encourage businesses for the payment of correct taxes to the government while helping government enhance the ease in doing business,” Milan said. (KMF)

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