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BY NAOMI SENDAD & JUNIE ROQUERO
SOUTH COTABATO —- Mayor Sulpicio F. Villalobos said his administration offered public services with “heart” and “soul,” the arms of his “10-point SOLLYd AGENDA,” a governance and development initiative that aimed to provide benefits and better services to the people of Sto. Nino.
Mayor Villalobos, who assumed office on July 1 as the elected mayor of Sto. Nino, hailed the people’s support why he was able to do what he has promised during the campaign.
Mayor Villalobos said 100 days have passed since he took over the leadership of Sto. Nino and those what he had promised during the campaign could not be fulfilled without their support and cooperation.
Apart from the people, Mayor Villalobos also thanked the town officials, municipal department heads, employees, leaders of various barangays, members of the Sangguniang Bayan (SB), national government agencies (NGAs) and private sectors for their support that led to the successful implementation of his “major milestone and projects” since he assumed office.
“Major milestone and projects”
Those projects are renovation of round ball with lightning and water system, market signage, new market buildings, new legislative building, new open gymnasium, roads and canals projects, newly-acquired heavy equipment and ambulance and national highway streetlights.
He also mentioned that Sto. Nino bagged the championship award in the thematic parade competition during his first 100 days in office.
Mayor Villalobos highlighted also the services he delivered under his so-called “10-point SOLLYd AGENDA.”
Under his “Barangayang Program,” Mayor VillaLobos said the municipal government, under his leadership, has conducted several community-outreach program, a public service initiative aiming to bring the government services closer to the people.
“Business, Employment, Agriculture and Technology Program”
The mayor also mentioned “good news” under his “Business, Employment, Agriculture and Technology” (or BEAT) program.
“Business clients securing permits and license renewal has increased by 7% this year. From 415 in 2021 to 443 this 2022,” Mayor Villalobos said.
He praised the town’s tax collecting agents for achieving 100% collecting efficiency and the “Tech4Ed” project for the important role it played during the pandemic.
Mayor Villalobos said the LGU-PESO was able to forge a partnership with DOLE and because of that partnership, it served and benefited many Sto. Nino residents.
“Matahum nga Banwa Program”
For his “Matahum nga Banwa” program, the LGU-Sto. Nino, through its MENRO, has implemented some efforts and initiatives to ensure the preservation and beautification of all public places within the town.
Mayor Villalobos said the municipality has institutionalized through an ordinance the “Panapat Festival,” where all the employees and stakeholders from both government and private are mandated to participate in the tree-growing activity every first Friday of July of each year.
“Matinong nga Banwa Program”
Talking about his “Matinong nga Banwa” program, the mayor said he was able to maintain a peaceful and orderly locality through the help of the PNP, AFP, BFP, BPATs and other peacekeeping forces.
Also, the mayor praised the active support of the disaster workers and emergency service responders under the MDRRMO and BDRRMO.
Mayor Villalobos also mentioned the accomplishments under his “Himsug” program, where he elaborated what he achieved on matters concerning health, particularly the town’s advocacy on lowering the cases of COVID-19, feeding, zero open defecation, mass blood donation and intensive rehabilitation for those “children in conflict with the law.”
“Kultura at Turismo”
Mayor Villalobos said strengthening and boosting the town’s capability in projecting the lively aspects of its tourism, culture and economy are also his priority.
In fact, Mayor VillaLobos said the MEO has already prepared the perspective plans of his proposed lined-up infrastructure projects.
Believing that youth is the pillar of the nation, Mayor Villalobos said the LGU-Sto. Nino allocated funds for its “Kadalag-an” scholarship programs and extended support to the Oplan Brigada Eskwela, Oplan Balik Eskwela and other DepEd noble activities.
“Pamilya HEART and SOL program”
According to Mayor Villalobos, “ang ating munisipyo po ay aktibo at patuloy na tumutugon sa mga pangangailangan ng ating mga unmarried couples, senior citizens, individuals in crisis, persons with disability (PWD), solo parents, OFW at mga biktima ng pang-aabuso.”
Through the Emergency Welfare Program of MSWDO, Mayor Villalobos said it granted P509,350 worth of financial assistance to 237 individuals in crisis.
It also granted educational assistance to 369 working students, all children of solo parents, PWD, OFW and victims of abuse and calamities.
Also, 33 PWD, who are bedridden and maintaining a medicine for their illnesses, received P1,500 financial assistance every three months.
“Asenso Kabataan Program”
Mayor Villalobos said youth, including preschoolers and school children, are also part of his priority programs.
In fact, the mayor said, 350 preschoolers and school children aged 3-12 years old have benefited on his SMART (Sports, Music, Arts and Recreation Training) Kabataan program.
From July up to the present, the mayor said the LGU through its Youth Welfare Program facilitated the TESDA training of 38 youth for welding, heavy equipment operation and unified engineering.
Mayor Villalobos said the SK also played an important role in making his youth program successful.
Mayor Villalobos said his effort of making the town well-lighted is part of projecting the municipality as a safe and secured place to live with.
“Gusto ko na maseguro ang kaligtasan ng bawat isa habang tinatqhak nila ang mga major roads mula atnpapunta sa mga commercial centers at mga barangay” Mayor Villalobos said.
The mayor also said that the LGU-Sto. Nino now owns a wayloader, a garbage compactor, a dumptruck, a vehicle, two motorcycles and a quick response vehicle.
Mayor Villalobos also announced that the LGU-Sto. Nino has implemented 19 projects from July to September 2022, and all the said projects are 98% complete
The mayor said more.projects are coming, including the 2-storey municipal legislative building, progressive commercial building at the public market and the roofing of the municipal hall.
Mayor Villalobos said in the remaining years of his first term, he will prioritize the implementation of the “big ticket projects” that would serve the social, economic, environmental and infrastructure needs and aspects of progress. (NAOMI SENDAD and JUNIE ROQUERO)