Panabo mayor reports works in first 100 days
By Mai Gevera
Davao City (9 October) -- The man who used to love legislative work is now bent in implementing and overseeing local government programs in Panabo City.
In the first 100 days of city mayor Jose Silvosa Sr. he focused on infrastructure, social services, and governance.
Constructing and improving road networks especially devoted to road access of the barangays was firstly handled by the new administration. The INFRES program in which the city government is a beneficiary will cater to five barangays set to receive water system and farm to market road projects.
The newly-elected official also reported a continuous support to the pending projects of the former mayor Rey Gavina. "All the projects that he started and are still unfinished until now will definitely get my support."
Gavina's legacy during his administration was the newly-erected city hall which is kilometers-away from the city proper. Silvosa pledged to continue the ongoing building construction and at the same time find better plans for the space where the old city hall is situated.
"There are so many companies, offices that got interested on this old city hall space. One of our plans is to make one of the buildings here as a city museum. But this is just a plan before we decide on anything, we would make it transparent to the public and let them know and decide on this matter." he said.
The city government is also undergoing a re-organization by making amendments on the old set-up followed by the city.
City legal officer Atty. Gay Gerle-Peloton said that there are important mandated positions that are now being worked on to ensure better and good governance.
Silvosa is also pushing for a reform in the city's financial sector. "There is a need to reconstitute and intensify our revenue system," he said.
The new chief executive also found the need to act on of the biggest problems of the city which is the enforcement of cleanliness and discipline in the city's public market.
"We have seen how our mayor has been very strict in enforcing existing ordinances especially on the public market," Peloton said.
During his first 100 days, his administration has already started planning for a mall-type market that could possibly be shouldered through a grant or loan.
After the construction of the Panabo Integrated Bus Terminal, the mall-type market is next on the list. (PIA XI) [top]