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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 06, 2012


Makati to spend P35M DILG incentive on new medical, emergency response equipment

by Jerome Carlo R. Paunan

MAKATI CITY, Jan 6 (PIA) -- The local government will prioritize the purchase of new medical and emergency response equipment with its P35 million incentive granted by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

In a statement, Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay said that the city received the incentive after passing the DILG criteria for the 2011 Seal of Good Housekeeping.

Of the amount, P5 million has been allocated for the purchase of an ultrasound machine, while the remaining P30 million will be used for the expansion of the Makati Risk-Sensitive Urban Redevelopment Project (MRSURP).

“The seal of good housekeeping serves to affirm that we are on track in harnessing information technology to enhance our systems and processes towards promoting greater transparency and efficiency,” Binay said.

The mayor also cited the institutionalization of participatory and strategic development planning from the city bureaucracy down to the barangay level.

“From the planning stage, we allow our key stakeholders to participate in the formulation of programs and projects as well as relevant policies. This has also resulted in well-coordinated and aligned programs of action from the grassroots up, as well as timely implementation and effective budgeting of resources,” he said.

This year, the city government will expand the implementation of the MRSURP from its pilot site, Barangay Rizal, to cover other barangays comprising the city’s Eastside Cluster, including East Rembo, Comembo and Pembo, and West Rembo of the Northeast Cluster.

The MRSURP is part of the “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction in Megacities Project in Metro Manila.” It aims to continuously engage city officials in mainstreaming sound disaster risk reduction practices within their basic governance functions and operations, such as land use planning and urban development. (ICRD/RJB/JCP-PIA NCR)

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