SAN FERNANDO CITY, Feb. 4 (PIA) — On his third year as local chief executive, San Fernando City Mayor Hermenegildo Gualberto reported the accomplishments of the city before the different stakeholders.
“These were made possible because our collaborative work with individuals and organizations who value inclusiveness, integrity and innovation,” the Gualberto said during the State of the City Address (SOCA) on Jan. 30.
The city government’s Task Force Umay Mangted iti Sungbat or UMISU (Task Force Providing Response) last year, catered to more than a thousand clients from 42 villages.
Project UMISU aims to respond to and address issues and concerns of residents especially those in far-flung barangays.
Meanwhile, to address school-based hunger and malnutrition, Kusina ng Kalinga (Kitchen of Love), in partnership with Gawad Kalinga and Department of Education, catered to more than one thousand children in nine upland barangays.
“Because of its success, we will expand to Canaoay Elementary School with another kitchen which aims to reach 1,155 children for this year,” Gualberto said.
In terms of revenue generation, he reported a P271 million income last year, registering a 7.9 percent increase from the collection in 2017.
The city also registered an increase in the local revenue income from taxes, fees, charges, economic enterprises and real property taxes.
“We assure all our constituents that all available resources are utilized in the best way possible,” said Gualberto.
He added, “Government funds were provided, like medical assistance, educational assistance, burial expenses and sports assistance, to help the impoverished sector who needed it most.”
Last year, the city ranked second in Region 1 and 28th in the most competitive component city in the country, according to the 2018 Cities and Municipalities Competitive Index (CMCI).
Gualberto also reported on the one of the priority projects of his administration which is the four-phase rehabilitation of the people’s park. With the completion of the light-changing and dancing fountain and the people’s park open grounds, the new children’s playground and outdoor fitness plaza for the senior citizens will follow.
“We want to provide for families and friends, regardless of socio-financial capacity, recreational spaces without the need to travel far,” Mayor Gualberto.
Lastly, he takes prides in the community spirit and volunteerism of the shown especially during the onslaught of typhoons Ompong and Rosita registering a zero casualty in the city.
He said a number of schools, churches, and houses opened their doors to the displaced families because of the said typhoons.
In the pipeline are the establishment of bike lanes along Pennsylvania Avenue and city hall towards Bacsil village, the development of the La Union Botanical Garden into an eco-tourism hub, the completion of the Negosyo Center, among others.
The hour-long SOCA was broadcasted live in the city government’s official facebook page and five AM and FM stations in the province. (JNPD/JDS/PIA-1, La Union)
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