ILOILO CITY: Besides a landslide political victory in the May elections, the province boasts of infrastructure as its major accomplishment for 2013.
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog enumerated his infrastructure successes as: the Iloilo Convention Center, La Paz Maternity Clinic that was upgraded to the Iloilo City Reproductive Health Hospital, the upgraded slaughterhouse, widening of the Jaro to Leganes and Coastal Roads, and the road wining along the Diversion Road.
The year also massive investments in the city by private businesses such as the Ayala Corp., Megaworld, Gaisano, Double Dragon and Injap Corp. and Gaisano Capital.
Mabilog said the coming 2014 is essential for sustainability and continuity of activities.
With national and regional awards to boast as champion in administrative governance, the city mayor said the city government would remain the focus of activities to sustain economic growth.
Mabilog said he would try to find a final solution to the water problem besetting the city and particularly the water district. He also vowed to work on the city traffic problem.
For calamity prone areas, Mabilog said the city would stick to the absolute policy of no construction of houses along the riverbanks and shorelines. The city will look for higher safety places as relocation sites and the public schools and gymnasiums are no longer available as evacuation centers.
In sports, the city government is eyeing a sports venue for all the sport activities in the city.
He added that the city plans to increase the financial assistance for hospitalization of indigent families.
In education, the city is set to fully implement the K-to-12 program in 2015-2016 for children.
Looking back to 2013, he said, “there were no frustrations in 2013 even if detractors continued throwing bitter tomatoes against me and my administration.”
“With an overwhelming success of 15-0 in the May 2013 elections in favor of our political candidates and the support of 179 barangay captains out of 180 barangays in the October elections, we are in for better times,” Mabilog said.
And finally, the city starts to brace up for the national presidential elections in 2016.