Tacloban City Dev’t Council holds Meeting
TACLOBAN CITY – With the aim of presenting the proposed Programs, Projects and Activities for 2018 in the City, members of the City Development Council (CDC) chaired by Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez convened on Thursday, June 22.
Organized by the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) headed by Rolando G. Hidalgo as Secretariat, the meeting was attended by City Administrator Irene Chiu who represented Mayor Romualdez, City DILG Director Atty. Darwin Bibar, City, Jude Acidre for the Office of Congresswomen Yedda Romualdez, Village Chiefs, City Information Office Chief Bernardita B. Valenzuela, Department Heads and representatives of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the Private Sector.
Among the highlights of the meeting was a discussion of the Annual Investment Plan for 2018 and Open Forum.
City Administrator Chiu said that the meeting is an opportunity for the City Government to track its plans and programs for next year and see to it that it is aligned with the goals of a better Tacloban.
She enjoined the cooperation of Village Chiefs to work closely with the administration of Mayor Romualdez by including in their programs the Sustainable Development Goals which include among other concerns, peace, education, health, gender equality and climate action.
The City Government under Mayor Romualdez is focusing on projects which promotes resiliency, sustainability and adaptability under the banner of Clean Green and Resilient (CGR) Tacloban through Participatory Governance.
Meantime, City Director Atty. Bibar lauded the increase of CSO Representation in the council, which he said was favorably noted by the assessors of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) when they come to the City last May 25.
Noting the 50 CSCs represented in the Council, Bibar said that there is a possibility that the Local Government will get the Seal as this is a significant factor being looked at in the evaluation of a Local Government Unit (LGU).
He also stated that the local Government needs to organize the Local Project Monitoring Committee that will take charge in the monitoring and evaluation of all projects.
One of the consensus reached during the meeting was the inclusion of the priority needs of residents in programs that the barangays will implement. – HENRY JAMES G. ROCA/CIO, Photos by Mario Papuran/CIO