ILIGAN CITY – A public introduction of what to expect at the Opening Salvo which officially kicks off the city’s most-awaited tourism event and is anchored on the theme “Celebrating Cultural Diversity Amid Tourism & Economic Growth” on September 1, 2018 at 2p.m. at the Diyandi Fiesta Park, Brgy. Tibanga National Hi-way, Iligan City.
The program formally started with an opening ritual by the Higaonon IPs which was followed by a ritual dance presented by the MSU-IIT Kalimulan Dance Troupe. It was filled with numerous tribe members that gave an impression that the challenge to the title as the best festival performer is going to be tight.
A welcome address was given by Councilor Cesarve C. Siacor, Overall Chairman of Executive Management Board Diyandi Festival of Iligan 2018. He welcomed the guests and visitors during the program with a warm introduction of the Diyandi Festival Sa Iligan 2018 Executive Management Board headed by the honorary chairman, City Mayor Celso G. Regencia, Lamberto S. Macapagal Jr.-Vice Chairman, Rolando C. Cuizon-Action Officer, Louela S. Maybituin-Finance Chairman, Leonor T. Actub-Trade and Carnival Fair, Christian Aguado-Socio Cultural Chairman, Rev. Fr. Aureo Pati-an-Religious Activities Chairman, Lorna Mata-Sports Activities Chairman, Patrick Nunez-Transportation Chairman, PSSUPT Manuel Sukarno B. Alvarez-Peace & Order Security Chairman, Jose C. Pantoja-Documentation, Information & Promotions Chairman and Nimfa R. Lago– Civic Military Parade Chairman.
A State of the City Address through the Acting Mayor Jemar L. Vera Cruz identified the following focal programs of his administration highlighting the Status of Iligan City, Peace and Order, Clean and Green, Traffic Enforcement, Food Sustainability, Assistance to Cooperatives, Potable Water Supply, Economic Enterprise, Education, Infrastructure, Social Welfare, Health, Iligan City Hospital, Drug Rehabilitation Facility, Environment, Disaster Preparedness, Real Property Assessment and Income Collection.
Status of the City – This explains that the city is currently experiencing a peace that ushers in new investors who fuel our economy
Peace and Order – LGU Iligan gives high priority on the security and welfare of the people in the city through the implementation of the curfew at night after the declaration of the martial law over Mindanao
Clean & Green – The city government has maintained a group of workers to clean the city sidewalks along major streets under the Clean and Green Program. They work early in the morning in their assigned road segment just to keep the city streets clean. They are the silent heroes whose work is important to keep Iligan City attractive for business and tourism.
Traffic Enforcement – Our traffic enforcers are assigned to major intersections to direct the traffic problems in the city. They also incarcerate traffic violators in order to keep our streets safe for the vehicles and commuters.
Potable Water Supply – In view of the city’s preparedness to any flooding calamity, the Iligan City Waterworks System has budgeted P3 million on a project that aims to clear waterways by repositioning water pipes that obstruct the natural flow of water.
Economic Enterprise – The temporary market in IBJT West is intended to accommodate vendors from Pala-o Market. It is almost ready for occupancy. This means that the construction of the modern public market in Pala-o will start very soon. It is the city government’s gesture of goodwill towards the buying public by providing them a market that is clean and safe.
Infrastructure – The basic services that the city government provides are concentrated on the city proper. This is to ensure that the basic services reach the people in the hinterlands, the LGU Iligan mandates the City Engineer’s Office to keep the road network always available for us.
Iligan City Hospital – LGU furnished infrastructures with the necessary equipment, instruments, other supplies and materials making it fully functional to the public. The LGU maintains the sustainability of drugs and medicines to all admitted patients especially the indigent clients. Hopefully, with the completion of these infrastructure projects, GTLMH will increase the present 119 bed capacity to 200 beds, and will also increase the manpower compliment, thus, quality healthcare delivery will be achieved.
These are just some of the identified programs in Regencia-Vera Cruz administration. The Acting Mayor’s belief is that though there is a lot of progress that is happening, there is still a lot to be done and together progress is within our reach through the cooperation and support of the people in Iligan City. (Irhene Mae F. Novises / CIO)
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