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ILIGAN CITY ― In his State of the Nation Address, Mayor Frederick W. Siao discussed the 15 development goals of his administration.
The SOICA was held at the Mindanao State of Technology-Iligan Institute of Technology gymnasium on Friday, July 21, and started at 1:00 and ended in three and a half hours.
The theme is “KKK” or “New, Modern, and Old” which translates as modernization, development, and the future of the city.
“A lot more needs to be done,” he said, in the areas of growth and development in the city.
Regarding peace and order, he said that patrol cars for the police have been provided, although the budget for this aspect has also been increased. Regarding garbage collection, it has been greatly improved, where the city has its primary responsibility instead of only being done at the barangay level.
In the water sector, he stressed that Public Private Partnership “is not privatization” as many have been accustomed to. This is the only city that does not have a private partner, he said because other local government units already have theirs.
The agricultural sector was also improved where many farmers here were given seeds of hemp, coconut, and other products. He is also a mayor for everyone, and he will answer all the concerns of the people, through text messages, radio, or in person because he is always located in his office in Buhanginan Hills when he is not on official business.
Progress has been made in e-transactions to improve transparency, he said and to make it easier for constituents to deal with government transactions here. He added, the Commission on Audit did not have any bad comments about the transactions that were made which clearly indicates that in the previous administration, the COA of these transactions had many things that needed to be fixed.
There are also documents being prepared so that the city can have, among its wishes to receive from the national government, the “Seal of Good Governance.”
Among his regrets is that during the tenure of this administration, there are many things that are not in line with good governance. There are equipment that cannot be found, such as some furniture and equipment such as chairs. desks or computers. As for the latter equipment that remains, it is “unusable” and a lot of data has been “deleted.”
He talked about relations with “academies” like MSU-IIT and others and non-governmental organizations to help the LGU solve the challenges it has to face with the people and he also expressed the things that should be done, “even if it is not popular” with the people.
Regarding infrastructure, a lot needs to be done especially in the hinterland areas like Rogongon, or Digkilaan where the people there have to spend P500 just to reach the heart of the city.
The said address was attended and or heard by thousands of residents here in the private and public sectors.
Also to be remembered, his father Henry Siao died a few days ago at the age of 86 and many have observed that the mayor is still in mourning mode.
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