Quezon City residents will have to listen to Mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista on Monday as he will deliver his 7th State of the City Address (SOCA) where he will report on the various socio-economic gains and accomplishments of his administration. Bautista’s SOCA, his first since getting a fresh mandate for his third and final term as local chief executive, is also expected to discuss the status of different city programs and projects, including upcoming developments, plans and goals in the next three years. During his third inaugural address last June 30, Bautista vowed to pursue three important policy directions during his final term as mayor. These are the rationalization of the city’s bureaucracy, modernization of city programs and automation of city government services to the public. Acknowledged for many years as one of the country’s best managed local government units, Quezon City is also leading other highly-urbanized cities in the country in terms of competitiveness ranking. This was made more evident when the National Competitiveness Council recognized Quezon City as the year’s most competitive city among all highly-urbanized cities in the country.