“The Mayor and the Sangguniang Panlungsod has no monopoly on the programs and projects to be implemented and how these must be implemented. You, being the implementers, can suggest whether to stop or continue its implementation, or to suggest other programs, provided these decisions are backed-up by figures.”
This was reiterated by Baybay City Mayor Hon. Jose Carlos L. Cari during the presentation of the 2022 Accomplishments by the City Agriculture Office, headed by Ms. Mora Abarquez, and the City Engineering Office, headed by Engr. Ranulfo Tagolgol.
Mayor Cari said that he wants to see the impact of the projects on the lives of the beneficiaries. He also wants to see if these programs and projects are not completed on time, and the reasons for the delay, and the proposed solutions.
It could be recalled that the Local Government unit of Baybay, through the City Agriculture Office, implemented several agriculture and fisheries programs to ensure food security in the City of Baybay. This will not only to improve the buying capacity of its populace, but also protect Baybayanons from the global food crisis. Mayor Cari clearly stated in his 2022 State of the City Address (SOCA) on June 16, 2022 that the farmers and the fisherfolks will be trained and provided with the inputs that they need in preparation for the food crisis in 2023, which according to economic experts, “The Food Crisis of 2023 is going to be far worse than most people would dare to imagine.”
The City of Baybay also included in its 2022 Annual Investment Program several infrastructure projects in the different barangays of the City of Baybay to facilitate economic development in the said barangays. All these programs and projects are a product of the consultations with its stakeholders, thus the need to step-up its implementation.
The presentation was attended by Vice Mayor Atty. Ernesto M. Butawan and Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Members Hon. Jorge Rebucas, Hon. Romulo Alcala, and Hon. Dominic Junie Murillo, City Administrator Atty. Florante Cayunda Jr., and the Department and Sections Head of the Local Government Unit of Baybay. (Marissa M. Cano, City Information Officer, Baybay City, Leyte)