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2016 State of the City Address
ATTY. FRANCES CYNTHIA J. GUIANI-SAYADI
City Mayor
Cotabato City

 

Good morning!

Before anything else, I would like to request everybody to remain standing as we offer a minute of prayer for the repose of the soul of our departed City Mayor Japal Guiani, Jr.

(One-minute silent prayer)

Thank you, please be seated!

It’s been 47 days today since I assumed the post of City Mayor after the untimely demise of Mayor Japal Guiani, Jr.

Everything happened so fast that I could not surmise that I would be assuming the duties and responsibilities of this position this early.

On the day of my assumption, I remembered what my brother and mentor, Mayor Jojo, told me: “As duly-elected officials, we are bound to always uphold the interest and welfare of the people of Cotabato City, regardless of their status in life, gender, religious belief and tribal affiliation.”

On my first day as your City Mayor, I was somewhat skeptical if I can meet the expectations of the people of Cotabato City.

But knowing the professionalism and the uncontestable level of competence of the officials and employees of the City Government of Cotabato at my side, I told myself that we can do it.

Added to these are the unwavering support and cooperation of our barangay officials, law enforcement agencies and other line agencies of the government.

Indeed, I was right because in just a very short time, a lot had been accomplished and a lot had been started for the benefit of the people of Cotabato City.

As President Rodrigo Duterte said: “Change is coming.” I say that great changes will be coming to Cotabato City.

In the face of the various challenges and problems that our beloved city is now facing, from the problem of law and order to traffic congestion to health and sanitation to livelihood and employment, among others.

During my short stint as your City Vice Mayor then, I could say that I had started something that would facilitate change in our city.

Among these are the deliberations for the amendment of our Market Code, our Local Revenue Code and the Traffic Code.

I am confident that the present leadership and membership of the Sangguniang Panlungsod could fast-track the finalization of these amendments so that the economic development agenda of the Executive branch could also speed up.

Meanwhile, in just 47 days, I could also say that we already have a lot of accomplishments.

First in our long list of accomplishments was the establishment and operationalization of the Cotabato City Visitor’s Information Center located at the old City Hall. This was done in less than a month.

This is just the first phase of our plan to rehabilitate and refurbish our old City Hall building in order to preserve and enhance its historical and tourism value.

We are all aware that our city has a lot of tourism potentials, considering that it is here that Shariff Mohammad Kabunsuan landed to spread the Islam faith in this part of the country. Our city is also the cradle of the Sultanate of Maguindanao and the gateway to Central Mindanao.

Thus, our tourism potential is great.

This initial achievement could not have been realized if not for our improved revenue collection.

At the close of the third quarter this year, our city has already posted a Total Current Operating Income of P632,637,099.51 or an increase of 17-percent as compared to the same period last year.

Our Total Current Operating Expenditure as of the end the third quarter this year is P439,482,405.31 or a decrease of 7.5-percent as compared to the same period last year.

As a result, our city has a Net Operating Income of P193,154,624.20 as of the end of the third quarter. This, we could say, is more than enough to sustain the delivery of basic services to the people of Cotabato City.

In fact, we are confident that by the end of the year, we will be posting an increase in our Net Operating Income by around 15-percent as compared to last year.

Moreover, in 2010, when I first joined the City Government as City Administrator, our Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) was a meager P327-million. It was just enough to support the administrative requirements of the City Government.

Now, our annual IRA is P672-million or an increase of 210-percent in just six years.

And because of this, we now have 49 on-going infrastructure projects in the city which are all scheduled to be completed on or before the end of the year. All of these are being undertaken by this administration, under the City Engineering Office.

Among these are four farm-to-market roads located at Barangay Tamontaka 3, Tamontaka 4, Tamontaka 5 and Kalanganan 2.

In order to provide potable water to our constituents, we are now implementing the potable water supply expansion project under the Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig para sa lahat or Salintubig Program of the national government. A sizeable portion of the project cost is funded by the Department of the Interior and Local Government. The project implementation is being undertaken with the technical support and cooperation of the Metro Cotabato Water District.



 

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