Published on July 31, 2007
Making the most of our fresh mandate An Executive‐Legislative Agenda for the Next Three Years
An Executive‐Legislative Agenda • State of the city never been better • If we do more of the same, we can rack up numbers and continue to improve the lives of our constituency – But we will not measure up to unprecedented new mandate given us • This Executive‐Legislative Agenda is a critical assessment of where we are and what needs to be done
Where We Are • Poverty: Lowest incidence, with only 1 of every 5 households below poverty line. Half of the regional average – where 2 of every 5 live below the poverty line. • Hunger: Lowest preschool malnutrition rate of about 5% – half of next best performer in Bicol. Almost erased cases of severe malnutrition. • Education: 100% participation rate, highest in Bicol. Need to work harder in ensuring that every child entering Grade I will go on to finish Grade VI and eventually high school. • Health services: One of the lowest incidence of child and infant mortality rates, maternal mortality ratio and highest immunization coverage. • Urban basic services: The only locality in Bicol with 100% access to safe water and sanitary facilities
Restating 'Maogmang Lugar' Cleaner Naga • Being able to walk streets • at night unafraid Good schools • • Available health service Decent house to live in • everytime it is needed City of trees • • Vibrant city of history, Three meals a day • music, culture and arts Gainful jobs • • Clean and honest Well‐paved roads, • government working drainage and • A place where one can orderly streets realize his full potentials
‘Difficult Dreams’ • What needs to be done will not be easy • Three broad themes: 1. More progressive city 2. Livable urban district, and 3. World‐class governance system
More Progressive City • Build a more progressive Naga on twin foundations of social justice and sustainable economic growth • Equity. Social justice means putting people first, particularly our disadvantaged fellowmen • Growth. Sustainable economic growth means creating new opportunities for job and wealth‐creation
Social Justice • Local poverty can be higher than official data using alternative ways of measurement (Ateneo SSRC survey) • Strengthen existing poverty initiatives and promote their convergence to better address the needs of the poor (UBC research reports) – To bring about more prosperous, progressive local society that underpins ‘Maogmang Lugar’ vision
Anti‐Poverty Strategies • Mixed‐use self‐contained urban poor communities • Productive out‐of‐school youth • Opportunities for unemployed mothers • Definitive local agriculture policy • Localized collection for Kaantabay program • Institutionalization of QUEEN and QUEEN Plus initiatives • Implement localized health insurance program
Sustainable Economic Growth • Strengthen Naga’s leadership role in Bicol – Leverage governance advantage to set new trends in investment. Work with other LGUs, NGAs to promote regional tourism • Improve infrastructure support for local economy – Position Naga as convention city. Promote lifestyle centers to upgrade tourism facilities and services. Improve access to Malabsay Falls. Grow intellectual, creative capital by enhancing reputation as University City. Improve quality, utilization of telecommunication and transportation facilities • Promote investments that maximize labor potentials – Prioritize areas where we have edge, e.g. animation. Find other niches in ICT by promoting university‐based cyberparks/cyberzones. Develop world‐class health and wellness facilities • Develop Naga’s investment brand – Develop, implement investment branding program to position Naga, set it apart from other areas in the country, build loyalty within the investing community, and build civic pride among Nagueños
More Livable Urban District • Close circumferential loop • Join up outer radial artery • Urban redevelopment of CBD 1 using Business Improvement Area (BIA) strategy. • Improvement of CBD 1 sidewalks and walkways • Dinaga‐Lerma bridge • Green Naga River Proposed road links walkway
World‐Class Governance • Stronger accountability standards – System of rewards and penalties service commitments and performance pledges. To cover those who draw regular budgetary allocations from city government • Fair, uniform application of the law – No matter who gets hurt. Social justice cannot be an excuse for unwarranted violation of existing laws protecting general welfare • More vigorous environmental initiatives – Relocation of Balatas dumpsite within the next three years. Mandatory provision of greenbelt spaces around built up areas, new developments • Stronger institutions for culture and the arts – Revitalize operations of Raul S. Roco Library to anchor a network of community‐ and school‐based reading centers. Establish local institute that will standardize the Bicol‐Naga language; work for inclusion of Bicol subjects in high school curriculum. Revive, expand previous efforts to promote Bikol literature to complement existing programmes
Priority Legislative Measures PROGRESSIVE CITY MORE LIVABLE URBAN DISTRICT • SOMECAP ordinance and • Developing the Naga CBDs: implementing rules and – BIA for CBD1 regulations – Development standards for CBD2 • QUEEN initiatives ordinance • Naga Greenbelts ordinance • Pilot for CMP localization WORLD‐CLASS GOVERNANCE Accountability ordinance • • LSR ordinance HRD ordinance • • “Three‐Strike” Rule Institute on Bicol language • • Stronger anti‐fencing rules CSO matching grant facility •
Conclusion • This Executive‐Legislative Agenda amplifies our priorities in view of current challenges • It corresponds to our ‘Maogmang Lugar’ vision, reflects our development strategy of “growth with equity, responds to demand for cities to play key role in a more complex world • Implementing it will not be easy. But I am ready to expend the political capital, and the political will, needed to see them through
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