100 days in office
TACLOBAN CITY- In just in her 100 days in office as mayor of this city, Mayor Cristina Gonzales Romualdez had already made her mark to the benefit of the people of Tacloban.
Aside from appointing personnel she believescould help her carry on her agenda for the next three years, Mayor Romualdez had also implemented new programs and projects and revived those that have positive impacts to the Taclobanons.
Among the major undertakings initiated by Mayor Romualdez, who assumed the post held by her husband, Alfred, for nine years, included the review on the implementation of the current annual investment plan; conduct of the executive-legislative agenda; preparation of the 2017-2025 comprehensive land use plan; update master list of civil society organizations and their accreditations.
The city mayor also made known of her full and unequivocal support on the anti-drug campaign being waged by the administration of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte.
Mayor Romualdez initiated her own program to help drug-addicted individuals through a holistic program dubbed as “Transformation In & Out: Drug Rehabilitation Program.”
The program is being supported by different government agencies like the Department of Health, Philippine National Police, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Technical Education Skills and Development Authority, Salag (Saving Lives at a Common Ground), Philippine National Police (PNP) and the religious sector.
Those who are qualified for a livelihood opportunities are to be given proper training under CLEP (Cristina Learn and Earn Program), a livelihood program initiated by the city mayor when she was a councilor for nine years.
And as a proof that their campaign to encourage drug users and pushers to surrender and become productive members of the society, the Tacloban City Police Office was given recognition for the successful implementation of the Double Barrel Program of the PNP.
On Sept. 13, PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa awarded the Tacloban City Police for its outstanding performance of the Double Barrel Program.
The award was accepted by City Police Director S/Supt. Rolando Bade during the regional police service anniversary.
Mayor Romualdez also led in launching of the Community Climate Guide Response System (CCGR), a text alert system during a disaster situation.
The program was in obvious response of the city government under Mayor Romualdez after Tacloban was barreled by supertyphoon ‘Yolanda’ in 2013.
She also vowed to relocate more than 300 families to their permanent shelters before this year’s commemoration of Yolanda’s onslaught . Mayor Romualdez and other officials of the city also attended different activities and fora to invite investors to Tacloban.
During her first 100 days in office, various councils were likewise created and strengthened.
Among them was the Tacloban Business Council to help serve as a business plan for the city and the Tacloban Tourism Council to serve as a roadmap of the city’s tourism development plan and promotion by providing several tourism industry trainings to upgrade private sector frontline and customer services.
Tacloban’s participation in the 2016 Philippine Tourism Travel Trade Fair at SLEX MOA in Pasay City has gained the 1st place award on the best booth among 14 participating places in the country for Tacloban.
Addressing city’s peace and Order situation, the City Peace and Order Council and Anti-Drug Council were created by Mayor Romualdez.
She also led of the holding of the comprehensive traffic system summit for the city held at the astrodome.
Mayor Romualdez also revived the cleaning and beautification programs for city government facilities like the City Hall grounds, public market, Rizal Park and Balyuan Park and a tree planting activities as well as encouraging the public, particularly the barangay people, to practice proper waste disposal.
A family park right inside the astrodome grounds is now being constructed.
Enhance the imposition of barangay waste segregation program made thru training 138 barangays in partnership with EMB & NSWMC. Strengthening its enforcement of the barangay waste disposal schedules. (GAY B.GASPAY, TIM CANES, TISAT/Kanhuraw Media Team)