Cauayan City exec likens city dev't unto movie production
Cauayan City, Isabela (26 January) -- The local chief executive of this booming city in Cagayan Valley compared the development efforts and running the affairs of the city into a movie production as there are producers, film director, actors and actresses to make the movie production materialized.
Mayor Caesar G. Dy during his last State of the City Address (SOCA) held here last Friday (January 22) at the city's session hall said that the investors and taxpayers are the real producers, the city executive as film director, and the residents (Cauayenos) as actors and actresses.
"I liken the development of this city to a movie production. The taxpayers and investors are the producers. I, your city Mayor, am the film director. But unlike an ordinary movie, each and everyone of us plays an important role in the city development. There are no small parts, walang extra lahat tayo bida," Mayor Dy said.
Among the accomplishments he proudly reported from the time he assumed leadership in the city were concentrated on waste management, education, health, anti-poverty, peace and order, senior citizens, agriculture, better fiscal and financial management system.
Mayor Dy said that having adjudged Model Local Government Unit on waste management, the government in 2002 purchased garbage compactor trucks to enhance the collection of garbage and properly segregated and disposed in the city controlled dump site.
The city council, in support to waste management, crafted and enacted an ordinance providing for the Environment Code of Cauayan City and through coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has formulated the Ten-Year Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan.
On education program, the city government has invested part of the city budget in the construction, rehabilitation and repair of school buildings including Day Care Centers for pre-school and school children to have conducive learning place.
The city government also provided funds for the training of teachers, both for elementary and high school, to enhance their capabilities to teach effectively and augmented the Department of Education's (DepEd) manpower through deployment of Local School Board (LSB) teachers.
"Among the greatest achievement and contribution of the city government is the establishment of City Schools Division" Mayor Dy proudly said.
On health program, Mayor Dy said that the City Health Office is continuously providing maternal, child and dental care, free medical check-up, treatment and health education.
The city executive said that the city government continuously deliver health services through diagnosis and treatment of leprosy, malaria, tuberculosis, rabies and Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD).
One of the pride programs of the city government is poverty alleviation. Through the Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K), the city government is providing cash assistance and relief distribution to the needy residents and continuously providing funds for the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan (KALAHI) programs.
The city government has also invested on mushroom production, one of the pilot project of the city government. The project has reached in the barangays through the Cauayan City Federation of Green Ladies Development Cooperative having won as Best One-Town-One-Product (OTOP) implementor and gained Outstanding OTOP Award last year.
On peace and order, the city government has purchased police car, communication gadgets, guns and ammunitions to strengthen police visibility and efficiency.
As an added force to the city's police force in maintaining public order and safety, the Public Order and Safety was created manning traffic flow and orderliness within the city's business districts.
On agriculture, the city government supports the national government in increasing rice and corn harvests of farmers. The city government has programs on pest management, techno demo, trainings of farmers, fingerling dispersals, distribution of seedlings, swine dispersal, post-harvest facilities, farm machineries, irrigation facilities, farm to market road construction and rehabilitation.
Mayor Dy said, much have been done and there are still to be finished, but he said like any movie, it must come to an end.
Dy said that his term will end on June 2010 and will not be running for any elective position.
"I will not run for any position in 2010 elections. But this is not the last full show. I may no longer be your film director but I will remain an actor in the city development" Mayor Dy said. (PIA Isabela) [top]