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Top councilor elect wants unified Davao legislative-executive agenda

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (19 May) -- Topnotch first district councilor-elect Wendel Avisado wants to have a synchronized executive and legislative agenda now that former Vice-Mayor Sara Duterte is now Mayor-elect and the former city mayor Rodrigo Duterte is now the new vice-mayor in Davao City.

As a former city administrator, Avisado is no longer a stranger to the issues, problems, and challenges in the city government. This pushed him to propose for a three-day strategic planning by the 16th Council where they could draw out a legislative agenda.

"We will find out what have been done, what are still running in the mill, and what has yet to be attained," he said in yesterday's Kapehan sa Dabaw held at SM City Davao.

The planning would be the take-off point which will be synchronized with the executive agenda.

Avisado could not point what direction should be taken by the new administration; instead, he would leave all the decision to the young Duterte.

"We should ask her what she feels should be pursued. All we can offer is to marry both executive and legislative agenda by coming up with a solid legislative support," he said.

In previous interviews, the new mayor bared plans of re-inventing the city government by focusing most on investment promotion along with tourism, peace and order.

Avisado supported such plan by prioritizing on areas which can produce fast.

The city, according to him, barely had an income of P2.3 billion when he first sat as city administrator and doubled when he left the position.

He said that peace and order would still remain as one of the priorities in the new government.

"The people voted for us because of peace and order. They want to feel secure, even the investors, would first consider peace and order before they come in and pour money for investment," he said.

Avisado added that the reason for the previous administration's focus on peace and order is for development to come in simultaneously. (PIA XI) [top]

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