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Outgoing Davao mayor spell failures of her administration

DAVAO City–Breaking tradition of government officials trumpeting glowing accomplishments, exiting Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio spelled out projects and programs that she failed to implement in her three-year term as mayor of Mindanao’s premier metropolis, in her State of the City Address (SoCA) at the Davao City Council on Tuesday.

Reading from a 12-page prepared SoCA, Mayor Duterte-Carpio enumerated the major projects left undone during her term: tenement housing, waste-to-energy garbage disposal system and the mass transit program.

She hoped the next city administration would pursue the projects.

Mayor Duterte-Carpio will bow out of office on July 1. Her father mayor-elect Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will be back to the post he previously held for nearly two decades. Her brother Councilor Paolo Duterte was elected as vice mayor.

Mayor Duterte-Carpio emphasized the need for the three major unimplemented projects she hoped should be pursued vigorously after her, to explain why she started off her 70-minute SoCA by giving import to the projects.

The implementation of the projects “(was) our journey for the past three years, and by tradition, we start with the not-so-good news,” Mayor Duterte said.

Mayor Duterte-Carpio explained the bottlenecks that scuttled implementation of the three major projects during her term.

A large investment is needed for tenement housing, a new approach to the city’s mass housing project hobbled by lack of resettlement sites for socialized housing for thousands of homeless urban poor families. The space-saving low-cost tenement housing project, planned to be built in the existing resettlement area in Barangay Los Amigos, Tugbok, is seen as the cure to the socialized housing backlog.

Mayor Duterte-Carpio said lack of material time stalled implementation of the waste-to-energy project, started with proposals from private investors during her watch as vice mayor and with continuing discussion under Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

With the father at the helm at City Hall in the next three years, the legislative requirements of the waste-to-energy project would be in the hands of vice mayor-elect Paolo Duterte. Pending at the city council are two proposals by private investors to convert the city’s large daily volume of garbage into energy to backstop the absorbing capacity of the existing Sanitary Landfill in Barangay New Carmen, Tugbok. The waste-to-energy technology, that would convert recyclable waste into energy and exportable by-products, is seen as a big boost to local government’s compliance to the Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act (ESWA).

In the area of transportation, Davao City, hobbled by constricted roads and fast growing volume of vehicles, is studying adoption as a short-term solution of the Rapid Bus Transit system and improving circulatory diversion routes at the periphery of the urban centers.

The mayor also called for the need to review the 1998 Master Drainage Plan as perennial flooding remains a major threat to lives and property and the business districts.

In her speech, Mayor Duterte-Carpio also touched on her program of governance dubbed as BAROG, the acronym for Barangay Empowerment, Academe, Resource Generation, Peace and Order, and Good Governance, which drove her three-year administration.

Allowing herself the luxury of blowing her horns after spelling out the programs and projects left undone, Mayor Duterte-Carpio said BAROG translated to numerous benefits for Dabawenyos and wide acceptance by the private sector.

BAROG, she said, effectively addressed concerns in literacy, children and youth, education and health; solid waste management, environment and natural resources; housing, traffic management, drainage and road network; safety and security; tourism, Information and Communication technology (ICT) and agriculture; investments, resource generation, economy, labor and employment; and governance.

She also cited the numerous awards received by Davao City during her term topped by the award as “Most Child-Friendly City” and the “Hall of Fame Red Orchid Award.”

Mayor Duterte-Carpio also cited about the creation of the Public Safety and Security Command Center, the command center of the city’s peace and order campaign.

In the City Council session hall to hear Mayor Duterte-Carpio’s SoCA, held as part of the City Council regular session, were presiding officer Vice Mayor Duterte, members of the City Council, consular officials, heads of city and national government officers, business leaders, barangay officials and the public. PNA