Mayor Abby shares Makati's achievements in 2017
January 10, 2018
Ref.: Makati ICRD, 8998938
Mayor Abby shares Makati’s achievements in 2017
Makati Mayor Abby Binay on Tuesday reported on the city’s achievements in 2017 in her State of the City Address (SOCA) delivered before Rotarians during the first monthly meeting of the Rotary Club of Makati held at the Peninsula Manila.
The mayor informed the Rotarians of the remarkable increase in the city’s total revenue collections in 2017 amounting to P16.97 billion, which is 116 percent of revenue target and 12 percent more than 2016 actual collections.
“We have reason to be jubilant about the two-digit increase because based on official records, the city has only posted one-digit year-on-year increases for the past 12 years,” Mayor Abby said.
The mayor said Business Tax remained the top source of revenue with P8.22 billion, or a ten-percent increase over 2016, followed by Real Property Tax with P6.22 billion, higher by 15 percent than the previous year.
“We are heartened by the apparently robust state of our finances. We humbly thank you, our faithful taxpayers and stakeholders, for your contributions to Makati’s continuing progress,” Mayor Abby said.
The mayor underscored innovations done in the field of public health in 2017, such as the launching in July of the Eye Center at the Ospital ng Makati which aims to give the best ophthalmic care to Makatizens.
The Makati Health Department has likewise been busy implementing vaccination programs among students and City Hall employees in line with the city’s thrust on preventive health care.
“The city was the first local government unit to implement a vaccination drive against Japanese Encephalitis, which has covered 1,056 employees as of December. This year, the drive will be implemented among our public school students also to complete our initial target of 60,000 beneficiaries,” she said.
The mayor also shared that increasing the budget for the free medicines program turned out to be a prudent decision, as the city was able to provide free maintenance medicines, vitamins and other medications to some 527,989 beneficiaries.
Last October, the citywide Pet Microchipping Program was launched, making Makati the first city in Asia to use PET iChip technology on a large scale. The program is aimed at promoting animal identification, pet recovery, and rabies prevention, the mayor said.
“As of December, the program has covered some 241 pets in four villages, including our own pet dogs. By January 20, the City Pound will be accepting pets for microchipping. The Makati Veterinary Services Office will also be issuing “pet passports” for each dog to assist owners who travel with their dogs as well as those who bring dogs in from abroad,” Mayor Abby said.
She noted that the city has also been very successful with its anti-rabies vaccination drive. For 2017, a total of 27,365 pets in all 33 barangays and villages of the city were vaccinated.
For the Education sector, Mayor Abby reported that for the first time, the city government has provided a pair of brand new white rubber shoes to some 90,000 public school students from Kinder to High School, including Special Education (SPED) learners. The beneficiaries also continue to receive free school supplies, school uniforms and a pair of black school shoes.
The city government also distributed P5,000 cash incentive to each of the 557 SPED learners who were promptly enrolled by their parents in the city’s SPED centers last June, in line with its resolve that “no one gets left behind”.
Aside from new CCTV’s, LED TV’s, and airconditioning units, the city government has installed Tech-Voc Laboratories for 12 senior high schools, and the first Biotech Laboratory at the Makati Science High School.
The Launching of the UMak School of Law was another milestone for UMak in 2017. “Led by its founding dean, my father, former Vice President Jojo Binay. UMak SOL, as we fondly call it, offers a Juris Doctor program to aspiring lawyers nationwide,” Mayor Abby said.
The institution is supported by the city government with the passage of City Ordinance 2017-044 authorizing its establishment. It offers full scholarship for the 26 students from various parts of the country. They are also given P20,000 book stipend per year, and a P10,000 monthly allowance for the entire academic year.
The city’s College Scholarship Program for qualified students recently produced five successful graduates, including three cum laude graduates from the University of the Philippines (UP) and two from the Philippine Normal University (PNU). To date, the city has five scholars in UP and nine in PNU. They receive a monthly stipend of P4,000 each for five months per semester, and book allowance – P5,000 for scholars in UP and P4,000 for scholars in PNU.
Inspired by the two Makati septuagenarians who were among Batch 2017 graduates of the city’s public schools, the city government now offers support to Makati residents who are 70 years old and above and who desire to enrol in college or in graduate school, in any course of their choice. Through City Ordinance No. 2017-063, qualified senior citizens will be admitted as scholars and shall be exempted from paying tuition fee at UMak.
“For senior citizens 60 years old and above, City Ordinance Nos. 2017-061 and 2017-068 have granted incentives to them upon graduating from any public senior high school in the city, and from college or graduate school at UMak,” the mayor added.
Mayor Abby also reported that 11 new centenarians have been awarded with P100,000 cash gift in 2017, bringing the total to 45 since the program started in 2012. She visited the awardees in their homes to personally hand them the P100,000 cash gift and plaque of recognition.
“To date, we have close to 80,000 Blu Card holders who are beneficiaries of our cash gifts ranging from P3,000 to P5,000, given in two equal instalments every June and December,” the mayor said.
The city’s Public Employment Service Office, through its strong partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment and with the private sector, has assisted some 45,993 beneficiaries in getting jobs and skills training.
Meanwhile, around 30,000 residents in 27 barangays have benefited from the Makati Lingkod Bayan Caravan and the Ugnayan sa Barangay conducted every Saturday. Mayor Abby noted that the dialogs have given residents the opportunity to ask questions and freely express their concerns and suggestions to her and to other city officials, and get immediate feedback.
“Aside from citizen engagement, these dialogs are also strategic sources of valuable information which are crucial to decision-making at the city level,” she said.
The mayor also cited the My Makati Facebook page which also promotes active citizen engagement, with around 130,000 followers as of January 8.
Pioneering initiatives for resiliency and public safety were also reported by the mayor, including the recent launching of the DRRM Academy at the University of Makati in partnership with CITYNET, PlusArts and the City of Yokohama, Japan.
“It is the first ever comprehensive school for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in the country. Starting this year, the academy will offer four training programs, namely, DRRM 101, Community Development and Management, First Responder’s Track, and Public Health Coordinator’s Track,” Mayor Abby said.
She noted that Makati also enjoys strong international presence with its election as First Vice President for CITYNET for the period 2018 to 2021. The city is also co-lead for CITYNET Disaster Cluster, and President of CITYNET Philippine Chapter.
In line with the city’s thrust to restore order and discipline in Makati’s streets and communities, clearing operations were done on 381 streets in both districts, where illegal structures and other obstructions were removed by clearing teams from City Hal. On the other hand, traffic enforcers issued a total of 117,738 tickets for a variety of traffic violations for the entire year.
Mayor Abby said the city has also applied its firm stance on law and order to the business community, primarily “to protect the interest of legitimate businesses which sustain Makati’s economic growth and financial stability.”
“We have closed down some 135 establishments, mostly due to lack of valid business permits and sanitation issues. But we do not mind losing some, especially since we have listed a total of 4,515 new establishments last year, with combined capital investments amounting to around P21.5 billion,” the mayor said.
She also acknowledged the full support given by the Makati City Council to recommendations geared towards promoting public safety and order, especially for the youth’s welfare and protection. City Ordinances enacted before 2017 ended included one that decrees a citywide curfew for minors from 10pm to 4am, which comes with penalties for negligent parents and guardians that include the suspension of benefits provided by the city government.
The mayor ended her report with assurance of giving top priority to education, health and social services for the benefit of our constituents, which will translate to “a better pool of human capital for the city’s business sector.”
“Backed by the strong support of Makatizens comprised by our city residents, the business community, and service-oriented organizations like Rotary, it is now “all systems go” for the city government of Makati in the pursuit of a veritable “Digital City” of the 21st Century – a city where citizens and all stakeholders experience the optimum benefits of modern technology,” she said.
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