Mayor reports city's accomplishments

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

LA CARLOTA City Mayor Juliet Marie D. Ferrer delivered her State of the City Address (Soca) before the people and her fellow public servants.

Ferrer cited the accomplishments that her administration had achieved which were attained due to the cooperation and support of her fellow public servants and the people whom she vowed to serve.

In 2011, La Carlota was awarded the Seal of Good Housekeeping with a prize of P3 million. "It was La Carlota City College which benefitted from this award. This year we are vying for the silver award for good housekeeping. We hope we win it again this year. Rest assured we are doing our best to do so," she said.


She added they are proud that the city was named as one of the Top Performing LGUs in the Philippines in 2011 ranking No. 8 in the component cities category. The city was recognized as one of the Provincial Excell Nominees for Excellence in Local Governance on December 29, 2011, during the Pagpasidungog Awards -- a great honor for the city and was a product of the concerted efforts of everyone.

The city also received a P15-million award from the Performance Challenge Fund which funded the concreting of roads at Barangay Balabag, Masville Relocation Site at Barangay Cubay, FJE Village and Relocation Site Phase II at Barangay Batuan, Barangay La Granja, rehabilitation of the city’s drainage system and the City Recreational Center at Barangay 3.

She said they were able to manage difficulties by having proper financial management and the cooperation of all the stakeholders in implementing measures without sacrificing the delivery of services to our people.

Our City is progressing and booming. New establishments and businesses have been opened in the past year. "We have improved the side entrance canopy at the Agora Market courtesy of Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero and we intend to improve the main entrance next year. The road between old and new Agora Market has already been concreted. Because of the increased economic activity in the City, there was a demand for more public transportation. Thus, we saw the opening of the Vallacar-Ceres Transit Terminal and the La Carlota City Express Terminal. A commercial bank has already expressed their intention to open a branch in our City."

She added that, "My term of office is about to end but there are so many things to be done. It is my vision to develop the area near the City gym. After the construction of the Sports Center, a project of Cong. Jeff, I plan to set up a children’s playground in the area. The City Social Welfare Office will be transferred there since it needs to be on the ground floor for the convenience of the public, particular the people it serves. The women and children crisis center will also be relocated there."

She extended her gratitude to all the people of La Carlota and those who helped and supported her in achieving her goals and objectives for the city, adding that time flies so fast when you are busy but it was all worth the hard work.

"At first I was reluctant to accept the challenge to lead this city but I have no regrets because knowing that I have made a difference, that I have helped so many people, is enough fulfillment. Rest assured that Congressman Jeffrey Ferrer and I will continue to work hard for our beloved city. I know this will be the last time I will deliver the State of the City Address for this first term but I hope we will continue to work together for a better and greater La Carlota," she said. (Carla N. Canet/Teresa D. Ellera)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 30, 2012.

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