Making The Most Of Our Fresh Mandate

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Published on July 31, 2007

Author: jackryan68



Mayor Robredo's presentation of his three-year Executive-Legislative Agenda (ELA) at the Naga City Youth Center on July 30, 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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