MUNTINLUPA City Mayor Ruffy Biazon recently paid tribute to former mayor and now Congressman Jaime R. Fresnedi for leaving the city "a functioning city government" which has enabled Biazon "to hit the ground running during his first 100 days."

Working with the same "Fresnedi performance team", Biazon said that city programs and projects in health, education, economic progress, livelihood, peace and order, justice and environment, moved ahead without missing a beat.

In his address at the Muntinlupa Sports Center, filled to capacity with city government officials, the Sangguniang Panglungsod led by Vice Mayor Temy Simundac, heads of national offices based in Muntinlupa, members of the judiciary and prosecution service, the business community, the police, civic clubs and people's associations, Biazon rendered his progress report.

125.20 percent of the city's target population have been fully-vaccinated with 49.35 percent receiving at least one booster shot. More than 1,241,329 total vaccines have been administered based on the latest numbers.

A new building at the Ospital ng Muntinlupa (OSMUN) is set to open soon. New equipment, like dialysis machines, anesthesia machines are being installed at OSMUN. In cooperation with the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa (PLMUN), OSMUN is set to open the city's first public College of Medicine. OSMUN is currently receiving applications for academic year 2022-2023. A scholarship grant worth P100,000 per year awaits qualified beneficiaries.

Under its Sustainable Nutrition Augmentation Program, the city provided 700 families in 18 target areas in the City's nine barangays by giving them a supply of eggs, vegetables, and other nutritious food.

The city government continued to provide livelihood assistance to the grassroots. Under the Tulong Negosyo Dagdag Puhunan program, 172 micro-entrepreneurs received a total of P3,899,000 in interest-free loans. 5 primary cooperatives likewise received interest-free assistance under the Cooperative Loan Assistance Program.

To dramatize the city's contribution to saving the environment, Biazon signed, midway in his speech, an executive order banning plastic beverage bottles at city hall in an effort to reduce plastic waste. In a related move, Biazon reported that he has initiated the establishment of an Eco Grocer store where one can buy refill of liquid bath soap, liquid hand soap, shampoo, and other toiletries, using environment-friendly and sustainable packaging. Hitting two birds with one stone, the initiative aims to help reduce plastic pollution and also support cooperatives that create these products.

Biazon lauded the city's ongoing partnership with Plastic Flamingo, which has converted 133 tons of plastic residuals into chairs, bricks, or plastic lumber.

The city government also launched the Adopt-A-River Project in partnership with private companies in the city and the Laguna Lake Development Authority.

A priority under Biazon's economic agenda involves the digitalization of services and automation of government transactions under the Ease of Doing Business Act to further attract business investors. Data-driven programs such as socio-economic mapping, database enhancement, and community-based monitoring system enable Biazon and his economic team to make informed decisions based on solid, real-time data, on the way to making Muntinlupa a true Smart City and Business-Friendly LGU.

Biazon improved the city's security with expanded 24/7 CCTV coverage, and the ongoing installation of IP Surveillance Monitoring System and Fiber Optic Network connection to the Command Center at the city's Resiliency Building for round-the-clock monitoring of emergencies or disasters. Nine additional security outposts were installed in strategic locations for enhanced visibility of the police and the Public Order and Safety Office (POSO). The city government likewise turned over 12 new ambush-type patrol vehicles and 21 motorcycles for both police and POSO personnel.

Congressman Fresnedi, who was a special guest during the program, reported on several initiatives which have resulted in additional financial resources for the city. He reiterated his intention of filing a bill which would split Muntinlupa into two separate congressional districts, which would further improve the city's fiscal position.

PMAP People Manager of the Year

Congratulations to Ayala Foundation President Ruel Maranan who was recently recognized as the People Manager of the Year during the 2022 People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) Awards.

The award is given to a human resources practitioner "who has imbibed and modeled the strategic role of human resources" in their organization and "continues to make a significant contribution to the development of the HR profession."

Maranan has been with the Ayala group since 1995, leading HR teams of Globe Telecom and Manila Water. Since joining Ayala Foundation in 2016, he has put people-focused policies at the forefront of the foundation's HR practices.

"I believe that I was given the privilege to be in the right role at the right time, at the right organization, with the right team, and more so, the right purpose and that is to do for the greater good," Maranan said.

In the same ceremony held on October 14 at Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Seda Ayala Center Cebu HR Director Diosdado "Bobot" Codoy was also honored as the Visayas Exemplar of the PMAP People Manager of the Year.

Other Ayala group HR executives who have previously won the distinction include Globe's Renato Jiao (2015), BPI's Faye Corcuera (2013) and Ayala's (now ACEN's) John Philip Orbeta (2009).