Mayor Sara Duterte's Second State of the City Address

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte gave her second State of the City Address yesterday, September 20.

Below is the first part of her SOCA.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Maayung hapun kaninyong tanan.

Allow me to give you the bad news first. An examination of the first State of the City Address reveals we were not able to do four things: first, our district health centers are not yet PhilHealth-accredited as we are still processing the requirements for accreditation. Second, we were not able to build the public library because the site we intended for it will be used as a temporary office while the City Hall Annex building in Pichon St. is under construction. Third, we did not push through with the privatization of hauling and segregation of our garbage because we intend to do something better. Finally, we are still waiting for the DepEd Division Office to move to their new building so that their old structure can be remodelled for our Pasalubong Center.

On issues that plague our rapidly developing landscape:

I have issued Executive Order No. 18 creating the Task Force Drainage which assists the City Engineer’s Office to monitor our drainage and flood concerns. Initially they reported a requirement of P91 Million for 16 projects. We were able to fund 9 projects out of this requirement with a budget of P57.8 Million. The task force is continually making an inventory of the existing drainage system in the city to establish the drainage flow direction and implement the necessary engineering interventions.

On December 1, 2010, we began operations for our sanitary landfill. While we are truly in a better condition than other cities because we have our own sanitary landfill, our CENRO has warned that we may not be able to maximize our investment in the landfill if we do not implement other solid waste management technologies. We are currently reviewing proposals and continue to check the technologies available in the market.

Prior to the landfill, the average disposed volume of garbage in Lacson Temporary Disposal Facility ranged between 500 to 700 tons per day. As of June this year, the volume decreased to 476 tons. With the full implementation of the ordinance, the average volume of disposed garbage dramatically dropped to 359 tons per day. We aim to further decrease the figures and strengthen the enforcement of the ordinance as well as synchronize our garbage collection.

On the issue on housing, we have 459 titled lots granted to relocatees in Brgy. Los Amigos. We have also signed an agreement with the National Housing Authority for the construction of 200 units. Our architects have also designed a tenement building for socialized housing. The challenge, however, is how to keep the cost of medium rise buildings within the price range appropriate for socialized housing. Our Local Housing Board is regularly meeting to address this concern.

I strongly urge the City Council to refrain from granting new urban land reform projects because time and again our attention has been called regarding the failure to recoup and collect from the beneficiaries. Our City Housing Office is putting up a system for the processing of ULRP back accounts which date back several years and up to this date remains unpaid. We shall update you further if we have made progress on this end.

During my inaugural address we defined our direction with BAROG – Barangay Empowerment, Academics, Resources, Peace and Order, and Governance. This is our way to stand firm as we move forward and upward as Dabawenyos.


Click here for a complete copy of Mayor Sara Duterte’s State of the City Address (PDF).

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