Barangay visits highlight vice mayor’s 100 days in office-A A +A
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
DAVAO City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte said on Monday that he was able to visit and attend to the needs of thousands of constituents in at least six barangays of the city during his first 100 days in office.
Duterte said he considers his brainchild program Pulong-Pulong ni Pulong (PPP) an effective means to bring government services closer to the people.
The PPP has, so far, reached barangays Communal, Mahayag, Buhangin, Bucana and SIR, Daliaon Plantation, and Talomo.
Through PPP, Duterte holds office in each barangays, listens to the people's problems and provides "instant solution as long as it is within his reach."
During PPP, the vice mayor tagged along a team composed of representatives from the offices of civil registrar, agriculture, environment and natural resources, city health, legal, senior citizens, city veterinarian, among others.
"Health, medicines and food are the very common problems which the people usually seek intervention. I tried my very best to help. I go to the barangays because based on my experience as barangay captain (village chief), many, if not most residents, cannot go to the city for their problem because fare in itself is a problem," Duterte said.
Duterte, who marks his centennial day as vice mayor today, Tuesday, said: "It's not an easy task to be a vice mayor, it's a learning process. I need to know many things from the people in the know and I ask advice on the how-to's because I am not perfect."
"The first 100 days was a step towards fulfilling my term, but those days widened my horizons in public service. Although I was in Liga sa Barangay for six years, being the vice mayor is another thing. This is about of learning more from the people and learning more for me not as public service but as a person," he said. (Arianne Caryl N. Casas/Sun.Star Davao/Sunnex)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 08, 2013.