Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo rallies all stakeholders and the citizenry to support all the programs, projects and activities of his administration amid efforts by some personalities to delay or block his initiatives that are part of the master plan that would address the decades-old problems of the city.
He reiterated his resolve to close the dumpsite in Candau-ay and to establish a Materials Recovery Facility and a Sanitary Landfill at the newly purchased lot provided that all the requirements of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources shall have been complied with.
Two new concrete bridges will be built to replace the spillways at the back of Foundation University and near the Bureau of Internal Revenue with an estimated total allocation of P 100 million to be sourced out from the local treasury.
Meanwhile, within 10 months 350 modern CCTV cameras will be installed in strategic locations across the city to prevent and solve crimes, manage traffic and to collect intelligence.
The ongoing rehabilitation and improvement of Rizal Boulevard will also continue to include the construction of shoreline protection to prevent huge waves and storm surges from inundating the communities in Barangays Tinago, Calindagan, Mangnao and Banilad.
Mayor Remollo and the City Council will continue to oppose the privatization of the Dumaguete City Water District by seeking the court’s injunction of a deal with a giant private company that could take control of the water system that could lead to massive layoff of workers and rising water bills for consumers.
Mayor Remollo laments the efforts of some politicians to rig the recent elections of the Liga ng mga Barangay and lauded the 14 Punong Barangays, who withstood the pressure and enticements so they can vote for their chosen leader that would have support all the programs and projects of the administration.
“They must remember that we are elected to implement the master plan for the city,” Mayor Remollo stressed.
If only the master plan that was first introduced by Mayor Remollo back in 1998 was pursued and implemented by his predecessors, the solid waste management, traffic congestion and other problems of today could have been minimized and solved within 10 years.
Nevertheless, Mayor Remollo is pleased that in just a two years the administration received the distinction of being the Best Retirement Place and the 2nd Most Competitive City in Government Efficiency in the country. The Public Employment Service Office has also been awarded as the Best PESO in Region 7 for successfully providing job opportunities to 10, 823 in just 11 months.
Mayor Remollo lauded the all the officials and employees of the city government for their industry and dedication to service. The city’s awards were in recognition to the LGU’s efforts to manage the peace and order situation, excellent health care system, outstanding hotel and restaurant industry and prudent use of financial resources that are free from graft and corruption.