City faces challenges, sets interventions in 2013-A A +A
Thursday, February 7, 2013
THE Iloilo City Government is committed to face challenges and will positively introduce development interventions as this southern city races to become a premier city by 2015, its mayor said.
Reporting his State of the City Address (Soca) on Wednesday, City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the city is moving forward non-stop and the target to become a premier city will be much earlier, probably by 2014.
He said the city currently enjoys the unprecedented development pace through a public private partnership (PPP) as its development centerpiece.
“The accomplishment of goals plus the establishment of new business districts here will realize our dream of being a premier city. Let us now have a bigger dream and that is to regain back the title ‘Queen City of the South’ by 2016,” Mabilog said before the City Council.
Focusing on his 10-point agenda as his campaign pitch in 2010 elections, Mabilog said that in his two years as city chief executive, he has accomplished numerous development projects worth some P200 million by 2012, including the new City Hall building and the city community college.
Another batch of projects amounting P200 million are coming this year on top of the private sector investments worth more than P100 billion in the city.
These projects will be augmented by the National Government funded projects, notably the Jalaur River Multi-purpose Project (JRMP) worth P11.2 billion, circumferential and radial roads costing P4 billion and another two esplanade projects along the Iloilo River.
Iloilo City is a highly urbanized and attractive to migrations leading to problems on informal settlers. By the end of 2012, 11,000 informal settlers were identified in the city and currently, 2,137 houses amounting to P244 million are being constructed at barangays Lanit in Jaro district and Sooc, Arevalo.
The city has purchased lots in Sooc and barangay Sambag for relocation sites of the informal settlers, Mabilog said.
The ongoing drainage construction, repair, and maintenance worth P42.7 million attuned to the city drainage master plan of the Department of Public Works and Highways, ongoing dredging of the Iloilo River and the floodway project are testaments of the city concern and interventions.
The City Government is also planning to phase out the spaghetti electrical and telephone wires and regulate giant billboards along the streets. Mabilog has created Task Force Alambre for this matter and has requested the city council to pass an ordinance phasing out the hanging cable and drop wires and regulate he sizes of billboards.
Another plan is the replacement of sodium lights in streetlights to light emitting diode (LED) lights to save energy and high cost.
The water supply shortage in the city will be given a permanent solution by next month after the bulk water contractor finishes its flushing and clean-up of water pipes in the city. MIWD is slated to have an additional 35,000 cubic meters of bulk water supply and city areas not served with MIWD water will be served such as the waterfront areas of city proper and barangays Calaparan and Calumpang in Arevalo and Bo. Obrero in Lapus district.
However, Mabilog earlier declared that Oplan Tubig for emergency water delivery to 57 affected barangays with 120,000 households will go on until the delivery of MIWD bulk water supply.