INAUGURAL ADDRESS OF MAYOR KRISTINE VANESSA T. CHIONG on her First Term as Mayor of the City of Naga, Cebu
2016 June 30, City Hall Grounds
Honorable Mayor Valdemar M. Chiong, Honorable Vice-Mayor Othello M. Chiong, Honorable Members of the 3rd Sangguniang Panlungsod, Barangay Captains and Councilors, our DepEd family, PNP, BFP, BJMP, our parish priests, our partners from the private sector & the business community, friends from the media, my fellow workers in the city government, my family and friends, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, Good morning!
It is with humility, that I thank all of you who have given me your support, trust, and have wished me well in this new journey that I may fulfill the duty that you have entrusted me as Mayor and Public Servant.
I count myself fortunate because my predecessor is a visionary, a leader who helped steered Naga into the growing city that it is now. Today, I thank and honor my father, Mayor Val for his integrity in public service, for giving priority to social services like education and health, for caring for the vulnerable and the least of our people, for promoting investor confidence in Naga, and for leaving a stable local government and a city rich in potential upon which I, his successor, may build upon.
“No leader can achieve much without the support of the people he is sworn to serve.” I say with a deep sense of gratitude that whatever gains and recognitions we have accomplished as a city would never have been ours were if not for the support and cooperation that you, the people, gave the city’s leadership.
Naga is what it is today because of our unity as a people. Truly, the Nagahanons is the most valuable asset Naga is blessed with and I hope to continue to build on that.
Yes, much has been achieved but there is still so much work to be done --- to sustain Naga’s steady progress and development. Now, that is the greater challenge. It is at this point that I lay down my plans for the City in the next three years. I know we shall tread towards different challenges ranging from the sublime to the significant, but to keep us on track, we shall be guided by
the VAL 2020 and Beyond. Palapdan.Paladman. Ipadayon. 10-POINT DEVELOPMENT AGENDA.
For the next three to six months, we will focus on:
We will mainstream institutional development in the systems, processes and structures of the City Government by improving human resources within the city government. The purpose of which is to enhance departmental operations and enforce systems, policies and standards that will raise the bar of the quality of our services.
When our processes and systems within the city government are simplified, transparent and consistent, we can expect that our services are elevated and the city government as an institution is strengthened. In this manner, we become more effective in providing quality service to our people. Doing business with and in Naga shall also be more efficient, making the city competitive as a business and investment location.
Education empowers our people and create opportunities for a better life.
Thru the help of our City Division Superintendent, we have manifested our intent to the Department of Education to establish a Specialized School (Elementary and Secondary) for Science, Math and Technology and a Specialized School (Elementary and Secondary) for the Arts next School Year. This is to ensure that our graduates have access to a holistic, well-rounded yet focused learning experience.
We will institutionalize programs for sports development among our students and expand our College Scholarship Program.
Health is indeed wealth. While health services are already available, we need to enhance and further respond to the Nagahanons’ health requirements and growing population.
The construction of a City Medical Center is underway. The center will serve as an Immediate Care Facility, Medical Laboratory, Dialysis Center, Lying-in and the City Health Office.
Infrastructure contributes to the economic and social progress of the City.
To guide us through future infrastructure developments, we will formulate Master Plans for the expansion of the City’s Reclamation Project and the City’s road network, drainage and waterways.
A “Patubig sa Kabarangayan” Program will be pursued to ensure that every household, especially in far-flung barangays has access to water.
Another priority is to implement the street lighting project from Inayagan to Langtad to ensure better lighted highways.
Social development is attained if the living conditions of the vulnerable sectors such are our children, women, the elderly, PWDs and our children with special needs are uplifted, making the city a better place for everyone.
To provide an environment that is socially inclusive for these sectors, the establishment of infrastructure requirements is deemed necessary: the Crisis Center for Women and Children, the construction of which is on-going; a “Bahay Pag-asa” or House of Hope for the rehabilitation of Children in Conflict with the Law and Children at Risk, and a Drug Rehabilitation Center.
Different approaches and strategies will also be enhanced.
Early this year, the City Government launched The Smart Kids for a Smart Naga, which is a comprehensive project for child development that employs effective approaches in developing Nagahanon children into smart, vibrant and healthy constituents of the City. This, and the ANaK-Naga or Ang Nagahanong-gasa sa Kabataan sa Naga will continue.
To make the City a more disaster resistant and resilient, it is my thrust to enhance the City Government’s systems, structures and processes across all levels by establishing a Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Facility that serves as the
- City’s Central Command Center
- City’s 24/7 Emergency Response Unit; and
- Center for Capacity and Capability-Building
GREEN ENVIRONMENT AND AGRICULTURAL SUPPORT
Sustainable development is achieved when there is a balancing act between the economy and the environment.
It is about time we formulate and implement a viable eco-protection plan that will articulate effective and proven strategies to enhance, protect and preserve the
City’s natural environment.
To continue what the previous administration has started, we will intensify and enforce the City’s Greening and Solid Waste Management Programs. Beginning January 2017, we will strictly enforce the No Segregation-No Collection Policy. Effective July 1, information and education campaign on the policy will start.
Further, through the City Agriculture Office, we will intensify the provision of agricultural support services.
On HERITAGE, CULTURE AND TOURISM DEVELOPMENT
Our past, our heritage gives us the sense of belongingness, the love and pride of place, of our home… our Naga.
We will establish a clear plan to facilitate the development, management and nurturance of the City’s heritage resources as well as boost tourism activities in the city by establishing Naga as a Sports City in Cebu.
PEACE, ORDER AND PUBLIC SAFETY
A peaceful, orderly and safe city is a livable city.
Supporting the thrust of the PNP, we will intensify and strengthen existing mechanisms, processes and systems for peace, order and safety with emphasis on the City’s Anti-Drug Abuse Program.
Also, it is high time that we formulate and implement a comprehensive City Traffic Management and Mitigation Plan. Let it be known as well that a team will be installed to strictly enforce city ordinances, laws and policies.
A dynamic economy always results to sustainable growth and progress.
We should formulate or adopt economic policies and standards that will increase the number of active business establishments in the city, improve the quality of direct support services to businesses, enterprises and industries and establish a center to cater to extensive livelihood trainings and opportunities.
But for me to realize all of these, I need you. The local government needs each one of you to be involved, to be faithful to our values, principles and commitments---to be accountable—in order to achieve our common goal of a better, more liveable Naga.
With the mandate as Mayor of the City of Naga, may I invite you all to walk with me in that direction – the direction of a shared governance. It will not be easy-- but with your full support and cooperation -- and with God helping me, we shall not fail.
Daghang Salamat. Malipayong Adlaw Kanatong Tanan.