Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez said the dream of Bacolod to becoming a “super city” is now being realized.
Benitez emphasized this as he delivered his 100-day report at the Bacolod City Government Center grounds, Saturday, October 8.
Benitez, a first-timer mayor of Bacolod said changes are now being felt around the city.
He described Bacolod as a global city with diversified economy and skilled human resource, and model of innovation and good governance.
Benitez stressed that upon his assumption into office he immediately delivered his ‘promise of change’, with short and long term solutions being implemented.
Among these he cited is his executive order establishing a good governance committee, aiming to restore public trust in the city government by building a culture of transparency and discipline, as well as establishing direct communication lines with Bacolodnons.
He also reported that establishment of online system for City Hall departments, operational of citizen watch platform where Bacolodnons can register their complaints about water, electricity and garbage.
A partnership between Ayala Malls was also established for the creation of Bacolod Express Service Office, a one stop shot concept for Bacolodnons to have easy and convenient access to basic government services.
He also highlighted the city’s effort to address market concern and increase collection of rentals, including in Manokan Country. He took notice that for decades the old administration failed to collect arrearages and even enter a contract of lease with existing vendors.
To address housing concerns, Benitez reported that the city government entered a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development to build 10,000 housing units for informal settlers in Bacolod City.
As for health concern, the mayor said he has launched the Bacolod Comprehensive Health Program (BacCHP), and signed a memorandum of agreement with two partner private hospitals – Metro Bacolod Hospital and Medical Center as well as South Bacolod General Hospital, and E-Konsulta project.
Additional doctors were also provided to City Health Office. A super health centers in five barangays and an ultra sound facility will also be established.
The mayor also plans to provide social pension to 12,000 senior citizens of Bacolod City, through an ordinance, sponsored by Bacolod City Councilor Celia Flor.
Benitez added that he also delivered his promise to clean the streets from spaghetti wires. According yo him the Task Force on Spaghetti Wires has removed 30.53 tons of unused and tangled telecommunication wires along the city major streets. The clearing operation remains ongoing.
To address the traffic concern, the mayor plans to construct four access roads.
He also started addressing the flood problem with the repair and rehabilitation of 56 identified drainage sites.