Cebu Provincial Government
Cebu Provincial Government

SPEECHES AND REMARKS

[ENGLISH] Report to the People: Year II

Report to the People: Year II
of
Hilario P. Davide III
Governor of the Province of Cebu

[This is a translation of the speech delivered at the Cebu Provincial Social Hall, on August 19, 2015]

When we assumed office in 2013, we promised genuine change and began planting the seeds of good governance. Two years hence, we are reaping the fruits of what we have planted.

The Honorable Agnes Magpale, Vice-Governor and Presiding Officer of the Provincial Board of Cebu; the Honorable Members of the Provincial Board; fellow workers in government; fellow Cebuanos:

Good afternoon. I am truly and deeply honored by your presence. Thank you for joining us in this occasion.

AWARDS

As far as I am concerned, good governance is good politics. One of the indicators of good governance is making sure of inclusive growth where all Cebuanos can participate and reap the benefits of Cebu’s progress.

By God’s grace, your provincial government is blessed this year with awards one after the other.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government awarded Cebu the Seal of Good Local Governance. We have done well in financial house keeping, disaster preparedness, social protection, business friendliness and competitiveness, environmental management, and peace and order.

This is the result of our concerted efforts of transparency and accountability.

In July, the National Competitiveness Council, in its first ever survey of provinces, ranked Cebu third in economic dynamism, government efficiency and infrastructure.

This recognition should inspire and challenge us to do more and do better. We will further improve our efforts.

The Department of Finance recognized our Province as the most efficient in revenue collection in the entire region. Locally-sourced revenue rose by 40 percent. We did this without burdening our constituents with additional taxes. This is a testament of our taxpayers’ trust and confidence in our provincial government.

The Anti-Illegal Fishing Task Force of our Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office was awarded by the National Headquarters of the Philippine National Police as outstanding government organization for its efforts in market denial.  Illegally caught fish, rare or endangered species were restricted from the market.

Development in good governance, development for every Cebuano.

HEALTHCARE AND SOCIAL SERVICES

At the forefront of our priority programs is the delivery of quality and accessible health care services to our constituents most especially to our indigent Cebuanos.

In barely 6 months, 556 walk-in patients in the provincial and district hospitals have been covered under Philhealth’s Point-of-Care program.

The Provincial government joined Point-of-Care program of Philhealth.  Under the POC scheme, non-members of PhilHealth who are admitted at any POC participating provincial hospital shall be automatically insured to PhilHealth if they qualify on the assessment as indigent patient administered by the Medical Social Worker starting on the first day of admission up to the end of the calendar year.

The province entered into Medicine Consignment System for sufficiency of medicine supplies in the provincial hospitals. The doctors are required to submit a list of medicines that they would want to use.  Consignment System is a “method of assuring availability of stocks wherein a consignor places its goods with the Provincial Health Office and/or the pharmacies of the Provincial and/or District Hospitals for sale, and the former being paid by the latter for only the actual quantity consumed using the money generated from the sale of the consigned goods within the agreed period of time.

In the consignment system, there is no danger of medicines overtaken by their expiry dates because the consignors can easily ship these out.

The Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center-DOH Botica ng Bayan will make drugs and medical supplies available to the hospitals within 7 days from date of order.

The provincial capitol’s agreement with VSMMC encompasses other forms of collaboration:  training of the provincial and district hospitals’ medical personnel, laboratory and radiology services, medical missions and outreach activities.

The provincial government has provided laboratory diagnostic machines to the provincial hospitals. In October of this year, teleradiology  will also be implemented for  fast and convenient way of interpreting X-ray and Ultrasound results.  Teleradiology will be installed in these provincial hospitals :  Carcar, Argao,  Balamban, Danao and Bogo.   Patients’ data taken at the provincial hospitals are relayed electronically by e-mail to the city, analyzed by the consultants, and sent back to the hospitals.  Interpretation of x-ray results will be faster than the traditional method and doctor’s diagnosis will also be made sooner.

Dialysis center in Carcar provincial hospital will be installed before the year ends.  This will be followed by Danao Provincial hospital.

Additional medical personnel have been hired. From 77 doctors and 180 nurses in which most of them were outsourced in 2013, the provincial government now have 117 doctors, 50 of them are specialists and 399 nurses. These medical personnel are now directly hired by the province.

In addition to medical personnel the province also hired dentists, medical technologists, Pharmacists, Radio technologies and Nutritionists to all province-run hospitals.

These efforts are undertaken so that our patients at the provincial hospitals are readily attended without the necessity of bringing them to Cebu City for admission, emergency or laboratory needs.

District hospitals in Minglanilla,  Argao,  Oslob,  Badian,    Barili,  Tuburan, Daanbantayan, Bantayan,  Sogod and San Francisco now have Obstetrics and Neo-Natal facility. Mothers about to give birth, the newly-birth and children’s needs will be immediately attended to.

Since 2013, we disseminated 70 mini-ambulances to the different barangays all over  the province.

While we are upgrading our hospitals and facilities, we continue to reach out to our vulnerable sectors.

240 barangays have been visited through medical missions by our Provincial Health Office and the office of our Vice Governor. This happened since July of 2014 until now.

2,859 patients were provided medical assistance this year by our Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office through its “Aid to Individuals in Crisis.”  Families or next of kin of 615 individuals whose deaths were reported to our PSWDO received burial assistance. We provided financial assistance to 1,200 family victims of typhoon Seniang in 2014. These are families from Sibonga, Alegria, Alcantara, Ronda and Dumanjug. Families with partially damaged house received P5,000 and those with totally damaged residences received P10,000.

Financial assistance to more than 2,000 farmers who are badly affected with El Nino phenomenon had been provided.  Soon, water catchment facilities will also be provided to our farmers affected by El Nino.

The implementation of Bugasan sa Kababayen-an Project in every municipality already empowered women to start their respective small-scale enterprises. These women are already actively contributing to the livelihood program of their respective communities. Recognition to the 5 best local government units who implemented the Bugasan sa Kababayen-an Project was given. Awarded LGUs are Carmen, San Remegio, Cordova, Alegria and Carcar City.

“Halad sa Gugma Alang Kang Lolo ug Lola” provided 72,000 senior citizens province-wide with commodities.

In March of 2015, the construction of the 40-bed Women and Children’s Crisis Center in Lahug commenced. In 2014, the Provincial Women’s Commission, in cooperation with NGOs, the NBI and the Police, reported and caused the apprehension of individuals, including foreigners,  involved in human trafficking and child abuse.  The facility will house women and children victims of violence and exploitation, and children in conflict with the law for psychosocial interventions. With the center, after-care services for the victims of abuse and exploitation can be provided.

In January 2015, the provincial government assumed management of My Home Youth Facility in Brgy. Tayud, Consolacion. Twenty three  children in conflict with the law are sheltered by the facility undergoing psychological rehabilitation or diversion programs. The facility has therapy room, clinic, counselling room, activity area and three large bedrooms.

There are community development initiatives imitated by the provincial government that cater education to employment and livelihood programs to deserving individuals. The hospitality management course will accommodate 10 scholars who will be trained for three-months starting September 2015. One hundred eighty nine scholars under the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) of  TESDA  will begin their training by August 2015.

The community development programs of the provincial government see to it that  sustainable social welfare services reach disadvantaged groups or sectors in vulnerable areas.

COUNTRYSIDE DEVELOPMENT

Since the start of Davide administration in 2013, there are 1,754 experimental fields of the farmer scientist research development and extension training program or FSTP. This is covering 46 municipalities and 116 barangays . There are 3,498 farmer graduates and 3,000 farmers graduating by 2015.

Mr. Deogracias Ventic, one of the FSTP farmer graduates has one hectare farm in Manlom,  Oslob. He is into corn farming. Before joining FSTP, he harvested 800 to 1,000 kilos of corn. In 2014, he applied the techniques he learned in his FSTP training. His  harvest increased to 3,000 kilos.  There is an increase of almost 400% in corn yield. Mr. Ventic’s life improved. He has bought additional carabao and goats for his farm, bought his own motorbike and continually sent his children to school.

Mr. Marcos Baricuatro is another FSTP farmer from Bulasa, Argao.  Through FSTP his farming knowledge and skills improved. He learned of using new grade of corn seedlings, new methods of farming and soil fertilization.

FSTP is an agricultural RDE strategy that primarily aims to adopt the scientific methods of farming to change and improve the knowledge, skills and attitudes of farmers in corn-based production system. FSTP will aid farmers to free themselves from hunger and poverty by increasing their income in growing multiple crops and livestock in corn-based farm.

The Provincial government gave recognition to Marcos Baricuatro and Deogracias Ventic together with the other outstanding farmers last August 12, 2015, the very first   Farmer’s Day organized by the Provincial Agriculturist’s Office.

Cebu provincial capitol has convened the Provincial Cooperative’s Council.  This body shall formulate policies and implement programs to support cooperatives in the countryside.  The cacao production program is sustained in the countryside.

40 LGUS have been given training in tilapia culture, pond construction, feeding and water management for hatchery and nursery.

35 communal ponds are established in Malabuyoc, San Fernando and Catmon. There are 622 backyard ponds/pens/cages in the different LGUs of the province under the Provincial Tilapia dispersal Program.  Cebu now has 12 hatcheries. The provincial government already dispersed more than 1 million tilapia fingerlings to the different cooperators.

6 mobile cornmill units are installed in Barangays Alpaco, Naga City,  San Fernando and Pinamungajan;  in the mountain barangay of Oslob;  in Samboan;  in Ga-as,  Balamban;  in Mantayupan,  Barili and in Lataban,  Liloan.  Additional 19 corn mills are up for distribution before end of 2015. Farmers now operate this equipment by themselves. Farmers only pay P2/kilo for grinding from P3/k. Farmers also save travel cost for milling in the nearby town or pueblo.

Multi-Purpose Drying Pavement will soon be turned over to the different LGUs.  These are in Moalboal, Alcantara, Barili, Asturias, Tuburan, Danao City, Carmen, Poro and San Francisco.

P1 Million is appropriated for insurance at Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation for 30,000 marginal farmers and fishermen. Close to 1,000 hectares of rice and corn, more than 4,000  livestock heads,  and about 2,000 fishing boats are covered under PCIC.

The Provincial Agriculturist reported insurance claims of 1,288 farmers totaling P7.5M. This has been paid directly to the farmers by PCIC.

Trading Centers will be built in the mountain barangays of Pinamungajan, Tuburan, Carmen, Tudela, Argao, Oslob and Alegria. Farmers will be able to sell their products near their farms and buyers are assured of buying fresh farm harvested fruits and vegetables.

As recommended by the Provincial Agriculturist, Cebu province adopted organic farming. There are 17 organic demo farms established. In these demo farms, piggery and poultry is integrated with vegetable farming.  Fertilizers used in the farm come from the animals in the farmland. Model demo organic farm was initiated by Mayor Verna Magallon of Alegria.

The Provincial Veterinary Office made 68 veterinary missions in 2015. The office vaccinated, treated and dewormed almost 40,000 animals in the farms.

P6M is allocated for Livestock Dispersal.  This is distributed already to 25 municipalities and benefitted more than 6,000 livestock farmers.

INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT

Our earlier plan to build the Trans Axial highway traversing Central Cebu,  north to south,  is not yet feasible at this time.

But we remain committed to connecting the countryside.  We realize that economic progress cannot happen without appropriate public infrastructure.

P2Billion.  Mao kana ang pundo nga atong gigahin alang sa kalungsuran.

Under the World Bank-funded Philippine Rural Development Program, we will implement 4 key road projects in the north:  P57.5 million in Bogo City; P84 million for 2 roads in San Remegio; and P69 million in Daanbantayan.  211 million for 20.8 kilometers.

And just last week, we obtained the approval for a P68.8 million project to improve the water system for Alegria.  This is expected to provide safe and potable water for 4,000 households.

We hope to add more proposals next year.

His Excellency President Noynoy Aquino through the Department of Public Works and Highways approved the inclusion in the 2016 budget for the DPWH P1.6 billion worth of provincial road projects. These are provincial roads which are vital links or lead to tourist destinations that our Provincial Engineer’s Office has identified—P77.6 million for the San Isidro-Cabatbatan Road in San Fernando; P18.5 Million for the road leading to Mainit Springs,  in Guadalupe,  Carcar City;  P78.3 million for the Luka-Tumalog-Canang Road in Oslob;  P22.6 million for the concreting of the Montaneza Road in Malabuyoc;  P45 Million for the Poblacion to Saavedra Road in Moalboal;  P34.5 million for the  Poblacion to Bojo Road in Aloguinsan;  P49 million for the Mangga to Sto. Nino Road in Tuburan;  P80 million for the Dayhagon to Lamintak section in Medellin;  P295 million to concrete the road from Bantayan to Madridejos in Bantayan Island;  and another P122 million to connect Bantayan to Santa Fe;  there is also P82 million for the Cogon-Cantumog-Corte Road in Carmen;  P49.8 million for the Cabunga-an to Esperanza Road in San Francisco;  P174 million for the Libertad-Poblacion-Teguis section in Poro and P167 million for Tudela’s Poblacion to Heneral Road and Poblacion-McArthur-Bukilat Road.  That totals P1.5 billion for 84.5 kilometers of provincial roads in the countryside.

P204M is released in 2015 from the Capitol general funds for different projects in the  municipalities and barangays. The funds have been disbursed to the respective LGUs for implementation. Among the identified projects include road repairs – 14 kilometers in Tudela and Tuburan. Other projects are the construction and rehabilitation of buildings, water system repairs and electrification in the mountain barangays. The provincial government also construct farm to market roads, build additional schools, health and day care centers.

Waterworks projects are ongoing in Carcar, Argao, Alcoy, Oslob, Santander, Samboan, Ginatilan, Moalboal, Toledo and Danao City. Phase I and II pipe line projects in Malabuyoc are completed. Water works project in Tabuelan was already inaugurated.

42 multicabs have been distributed to the barangays for mobility.

BASIC EDUCATION & TECHNICAL VOCATIONAL TRAINING

The Special Education Fund grew from P115M to P181.5M from June 2013 to 2015.

The province release 8,000 armchairs to schools. The province allocated P40M to build 32 more schools with a total of 66 classrooms. Through decentralization, the funds have been distributed to the provinces so that the local executives will implement the projects by themselves.

The province is grateful to Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. for multi-story buildings for high school which will be completed in before the year ends. These school buildings will be constructed in San Fernando, Barili, San Remegio,  Daanbantayan,  Madridejos,  Sta. Fe,   Sogod,  Catmon,  Carmen and  Compostela.

Under Gabaldon restoration project, RAFI assisted the provincial government in the restoration works of 60 damaged classrooms.  18 classrooms have been fully restored in from 5 schools in Argao, Dalaguete and Asturias. Restoration of 42 more classrooms from Alegria, Pinamungajan, Bantayan, Madridejos,  Carmen and Catmon will follow.

We recognize the mayors of these towns for their efforts towards helping out our education program.

The scholarship program already benefited 661 valedictorians and salutatorians. Last year, 120 of them graduated college.

A total of P850,000 was released as incentive to 64 graduates from the Valedictorian-Salutatorian Scholarship Program in 2015.  There are 48 are academic awardees—43 cum laudes received P10,000 each and 5 magna cum laudes received P20,000 each. All the graduates including those with academic honors received P5,000 each.

The collaboration of the Saitama Prefecture of Japan and the University of San Jose-Recoletos provides a platform towards strengthened international relationship between Cebu and Saitama. The graduates of the “Saitama-Cebu Comprehensive Human Resource Monozukuri Project” will be able to apply their knowledge in engineering and technical education in the province. This will promote a culture of excellence that places importance on ideas such as community co-existence, environmental harmony, and effective resource utilization.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) approved an additional P20 million grant for the phase two implementation of Monozukuri Project which will benefit at least 300 new students and faculty of participating local universities who will be trained in Japan.

All of these efforts are geared toward giving more opportunities to every young Cebuano.

Through the Provincial Sports Commission, the province started the Grassroots Sports Development Program for the province. The program will serve as the springboard for a mass-based sports development. This will give similar opportunities to the youth in the countryside as their counterparts in the city are enjoying.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND DISASTER RISK REDUCTION

Due to the disasters that the province suffered in the past years , the provincial government understand the importance of preparation , and we did the preparations .

Cebu is now better prepared to respond to disaster and emergency situation. The provincial government already has the newly-created Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

PDRRMO becomes the coordinating body for disaster risk and rehabilitation efforts. PDRRMO has engaged to 26 Civil Society Organizations, Private Corporations, Chambers of Commerce and 16 NGO networks all throughout the province. PDRRMO also partner with United Nations Bodies.

The PDRRMO staff already trained close to 5000 participants of the DRR-CCA trainings that started since 2014.  The training includes children, youth leaders, church leaders, lay people, teachers, business sector and cooperative members. With this, different sectors are able address disaster management at their levels.

The province created hazards and vulnerability maps to pinpoint  heavy rains, earthquakes, typhoons, and disease outbreaks. Relief goods as well as the system for the immediate assistance to reach those in need are already prepared.

We continue to work on contingency plans, disaster risk and management and climate change adaptation program. This has never been done before.

We continue to monitor assistance to Yolanda victims in shelter and livelihood. We have facilitated the disbursement from national agencies of P3.56 billion in assistance direct to the affected municipalities.

We have conducted summits from El Nino, to Search and Rescue, to raise awareness.

We also continue to conduct visitorial work to wet markets, educating the vendors.

From July, 2014 to July, 2015, our PENRO  collected P4.7 million in fines and penalties from illegal quarrying and P66 million in issuing proper permits.

In July this year, the province made a historic mark for establishing the country’s first shark and ray sanctuary in Monad Shoal and Gato islet in Daanbantayan. This is the province’s commitment to strengthen our protection for the preservation of marine life.

These fish sanctuaries not only aim to attract tourists , but also to ensure the livelihood of those that depend on the sea

The province trained fish wardens acting as Bantay Dagat from sa Barili,  Oslob,  Ginatilan,  Badian and Moalboal.  This is continued in the succeeding months.  To help protect identified fish sanctuaries marker buoys are distributed to all LGUs.

Between June 2014 and Jul, 2015, the Province, in cooperation with fisherfolk associations, planted 350,000 propagules for mangrove. As they help protect the seas, they help themselves earn a  living.

Construction of satellite comprehensive nurseries is on progress in Dauis Sur, Carmen and in

Inayagan, Naga City. This is to ensure easy access of seedlings by LGUs and farmers.  This year 240,000 seedlings of different species are for planting to the LGUs.

We have started our computerized monitoring of planted trees and conducted geo-tagging activities. The data can readily be accessed from the web.

This year PENRO averaged 60 apprehensions per month for violations of various laws and ordinances relating to environmental protection.  This is double our performance last year.

TOURISM

Tourism brings in new money.  It imports clients,  instead of exporting goods.

The province is on its way to developing northern Cebu both as business and tourism hub. These areas include Bogo City, Medellin, San Remegio,  Daanbantayan,  Bantayan,  Madridejos and Sta. Fe. These are the areas badly stricken by Typhoon Yolanda.

This is intended to enable local government communities to develop their tourism investment plans and programs unique to their locality.

This circuit will connect the shopping malls and the banking services in Bogo City, the golf course in the plantation towns of Medellin and San Remegio, the beaches and the dive spots in Madridejos, Sta. Fe and Malapascua off Daanbantayan and the old world charm of Bantayan town. This is intended in enabling local government communities to develop their tourism investment plans and programs unique to their locality.

Eco-tourism development of the south and the southwest will eventually follow.  The general objective is to provide the visitor, whether domestic or foreign, a varied range of sights, activities, cultures and experiences to make him or her stay longer and spend more. Development will take place in Tabuelan, Tuburan,  Asturias,  Balamban,  Toledo City,  Pinamungajan,  Aloguinsan and Alegria.  These places are rich in forests, mangroves and sea resources. These are valuable not only to visitors,  but more important to the health and balance of the community in the said areas.

Along with tourism , other businesses are also encouraged.  This is done together with the program of DILG and Canada , the Department of Tourism and the Department of Trade and Industry .

Negosyo Center of Bogo City is already inaugurated as one-stop shop for those who want to trade in the area.

INVESTMENT PROMOTION

The provincial government sees the need for organized, green and systematic investment assistance. It is for this reason that Cebu Investment and Promotions Office is created.

In 2014, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan  enacted Provincial Ordinance No. 2014-08 to establish a one-stop shop for investors, domestic or foreign, who wish to do business in Cebu.  This bridges the gap between what the investor needs and expects and what Cebu or any town and city wants.

Cebu’s investment prospects are robust. The potential investments range from agricultural, agri-industrial,  industry,  medical,  retirement, or from the information and communications technology and its derivatives. Recent developments indicate a bright future.

There are 14 private companies that are members of the Yokohama Port Center, the Saitama Industrial Promotion Public Corporation and over other 10 businesses representing Saitama that expressed interest in investing in Cebu.

Taiheiyo Cement of Japan will pour additional P663 million investment on a state-of-the-art finished mill in its plant in San Fernando. This job-generating business decision is welcome as this reaffirms the Japanese firm’s trust and confidence in the Cebuanos.

JICA finished its investment study of Metro Cebu,  and will engage the Province towards the end of 2015 or early 2016 for an expanded study to cover the entire island.

The Australian Department of Foreign Trade and Development,   Europe specifically the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and Korean investors are looking into the ASEAN economic community.

The ASEAN Free Trade Agreement has been signed. This means free entry of goods and services in and out of member economies.

The APEC meetings in Cebu are very useful in achieving this objective : promoting economic growth and providing job opportunities to every Cebuano.Cebu welcomes more than five thousand delegates to the APEC starting August 22 for the Senior Officials ‘ meeting.

Cebu is host to three major events. These are the Finance Ministers meeting in September and the Transportation Ministers and Energy Ministers meetings in October.

Agreements reached at these meetings will significantly impact our local economy, business and trade, benefit the whole country and the whole of Asia in the years to come.  Indeed these are vital gatherings that will define the future.

 This is an opportunity for Cebuanos to demonstrate their  abilities , showcase trade  and products , and local practices. Cebuanos work hard and show the best of Cebu during this occassion.

The provincial government is grateful to Mayor Mike Rama of Cebu City, Mayor Jonas Cortes of Mandaue City,  Mayor Paz Radaza of Lapulapu City, all of the mayors,  Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry,  Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry, other private organizations and associations, the different universities, and all those that have contributed in the preparations for APEC.

The European Union and German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development chose Cebu as one of the pilot provinces in the country for the Partnerships for Integrity and Jobs. Cebu province represents the whole of Visayas region. The province is chosen based on transparency in doing business.

The province will ensure that future public investments will meet the needs of private capital.  The provincial government is doing its best to encourage the private sector to pour in investments at the countryside.

The Cebu International Convention Center is an 840 Million Peso mistake that was inherited by the present administration.

Subject to investigation on suspicion that its construction in 2006 was tainted with corruption, CICC was never a priority of the Davide administration.

In 2013,  a strong earthquake and the strongest typhoon badly destroyed it. Despite the administration’s stand not to spend a single centavo for the rehabilitation of CICC, the provincial government is mindful that something should be done.

Capitol asked President Aquino to help repair the building. Capitol also asked permission from the Ombudsman to allow repair works.

Capitol is hopeful that in 2016, the national government, through the Department of Trade and Industry, will start fixing the building and it will be used as a Center for Industry and Trade Exhibition. The building will become a productive enterprise.

Before the end of 2015, the Cebu South Bus Terminal will be cleaner, more comfortable, more orderly and safer.

At the start of Davide’s administration in 2013, the terminal did not have a building permit, occupancy permit and business permit. It had been running like that since 1998.

The previous administration applied short term solutions and quick fixes  that did not work.

Air-conditioners regularly failed  because of poor electrical design.  There were frequent disagreements among the users because of improper physical arrangement.  Dysfunctional system results in inefficient traffic flow of both passengers and vehicles. These will all be solved before the year ends.

Capitol will continue to engage the local government, private sector, national agencies and other stakeholders in providing essential public investments:  construction of a new international seaport which is already proposed to NEDA, development of other seaports in  Minglanilla, Bogo, Santander and Tabuelan among others, construction of airports in Bantayan and Camotes and development of new economic zones in the south and in the north.

Among the most important for public investment is water.  It  has been a nagging issue for decades. The provincial government addresses this critical problem in collaboration with DPWH, NEDA and stakeholders.  The capitol exhorted its potential partners and investors to look for sources and financing for areas to complement that of MCWD’s current operations.

Economic zones are equated to employment. Ports and transport facilities are related to connectivity, accessibility and convenience in trade.  Water equals life.  Major investments mean benefits to every ordinary Cebuano.

LAW AND ORDER

In line with our campaign against illegal drugs, we conducted random drug tests to our capitol employees and municipal and component cities.  In a random drug test 27 employees from capitol were found  positive for drugs and terminated. We do not tolerate such violations.

Our Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Commission (CPADAC) has extended its all-out support to our law law enforcement agencies, especially the Cebu Provincial Police Office, to eradicate the supply of illegal drugs. We commend them for their outstanding accomplishments as shown from these statistics for the comparative period 2013 up to 2015 versus the period 2010-2012: A 60% increase in the total number of operations leading to 1,151 persons arrested. 5,731 grams of shabu confiscated or an increase of over 500%.  This is already P79M worth of poison that we have protected the Sugbuanons from 2,520 cases have been filed in court,  an increase of 138%.

Our Provincial Legal Office came up with the legal outreach program to orient  Barangay Tanods, Barangay Lupon, Tagapamayapa Members, and  Barangay Officials all over the  Cebu  on the various aspects of  law.  Our legal experts  lectured on the Law on Arrest,  the Law on Search and Seizures and Workshop on Scene of the Crime Operation (SOCO) particularly on Crime Scene Protection and Evidence Preservation. The Barangay Lupons Lecture were given workshop on all facts of mediation/conciliation proceedings, including relevant and applicable laws, and mediation techniques, as well as mediation skills enhancement.

The Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center started last year the Alternative Learning System.  This is aimed for inmates wishing to learn and for out of school inmates. 13 inmates graduated from the Alternative Learning System and 18 inmates enrolled in Basic Literacy Program.

The Provincial Jail  also have bakery project, “puso” making, and bag making. 98 inmates underwent these livelihood programs. Apart from being a source of livelihood, this also serves as their preparation when they will eventually be out of jail.

INTERNAL PROCESSES

In 2015, Provincial Planning and Development Office Community-Based Monitoring System— we are making our work predictable and accountable to our people. This is one thing that Cebu did not have ever since.

 

Full blast implementation is done in Naga City,  Carcar City, Asturias,  San Remegio and Cordova.  There are 29 municipalities that started training for the implementation of CBMS.

Data gathered under CBMS will be incorporated in the Comprehensive Land Use Plan of each municipality so that there will be a logical, rational and truly beneficial planning.

The internal processes continue to be innovative.

The electronic LGU operation management system or eLOMS is now running parallel to the traditional paper processing.   This new computerized system tracks expenditures from the issuance of a purchase request through the stages of approval, until the disbursement is made.

The Provincial government has requested the Commission on Audit to allow this paperless processing.  Once approved, Cebu will be among the first LGUs in the country to adopt this system.

The procurement process review has borne fruit. The processing time was cut by 30%. Right now, the payroll and payment processes are being reviewed. The innovation won’t stop here.

The Provincial Administrator and Human Resources Department have been most supportive as well.

At the start of Davide administration, all the departments were encouraged to be results-oriented and focus on deliverables.  The Provincial government continues to professionalize the workforce. Reorganization has been made for efficient and effective delivery of our services.

It has been a long time since the organization has experienced so much career movements. For the current year, 152 permanent and vacant positions were published from 65 in 2014. 79 deserving employees have been promoted this year from 29 in 2014.

Also, the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program or VSIP has been offered to qualified employees who have rendered at least 15 years of service.

This year, the Provincial government has provided Career Enhancement Training programs such as Community Development, Environmental Development, Human Resource Management and Executive & Supervisory Enhancement. With competency building, the provincial government employees become more productive.

The Provincial government supports the Provincial Employees Association or PEACE as they collaborate and align objectives in the latest Collective Negotiation Agreement.

The bar of public service raised as the co-workers in the Capitol are now trained to provide service with a HEART.  They are expected to be honest, ethical, accountable, responsible and transparent.

 

EXTERNAL COOPERATION

The Provincial government forged partnership with the Asia Public-Private Partnership Institute of Toyo University for possible PPP projects in Cebu. Improving health facilities, land use planning, and disaster preparedness will be the main points for improvement.

The Australian government has also partnered with the Province under the Coordinating Roads and Infrastructure Investment for Development or CRID. This program taught how to plan roads or ports to ensure that these projects will be truly useful and be of great help to many.

CBMS, CRID and Land Use Planning ensure that future public investments meet the needs of private capital. The private sector should be encouraged  to invest in the municipalities. These investments will generate livelihood in the localities so that the residents will no longer go to the urban areas  to seek for employment.

The Sisterhood Agreement with St. Petersberg has been renewed.  This agreement will promote trade, investments, tourism, arts, culture, and sports.

The Province’s “Our Cebu Program” headed by the Vice Governor Agnes Magpale continues its efforts.

“Our Cebu Program” in partnership with RAFI continues to implement the livable scorecard system that enhances the LGUs’ role to make them attractive places to live, work, play, invest and do business. Our Cebu Program is the tool in monitoring the implementation of the development plans.

Mega Cebu served as a spring board in the provincial government’s road map for urban development. This visioning reaches out to the year 2050.  It may take a long time for the ultimate fulfillment of this vision but the province is happy that the plans are slowly realized in just two years of the administration.

The Provincial government is also grateful to JICA for its unrelenting support and cooperation in undertaking the Roadmap Study for Sustainable Urban Development in Metro Cebu. They will also help in updating the 1994 Comprehensive Development Study for the entire Province of Cebu. The Capitol gathered and activated the Provincial Development Council. The working committees in the Council ensure wide participation by all sectors in the planning, implementation and monitoring of provincial projects.

LEGISLATION

The change that the provincial government is creating from within leads to more effective development initiatives.

The Provincial Board, headed by Vice-Governor Magpale passed ordinances in support to the development agenda.  The Executive-Legislative partnership has remained strong, steadfast and collaborative.

The Provincial government created the PDRRMO Office, the Cebu Investment and Promotion Center, Provincial Sports Commission and Provincial Youth Commission.

For health and social services, the Provincial Board enacted ordinances on the Hospital Modernization Program, medical assistance to barangay workers, Provincial adolescent health and youth development program, among others. The Provincial Board also passed ordinances amending Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Code and the Revenue Code. The Provincial Board also passed the ordinance on Public-Private Partnerships. Through this ordinance, the role of the private sector will be recognized, private enterprise will be encouraged, and incentives will be provided for needed investments. Strong partnership with the private sector is a key factor in our Socio-Economic growth and development.

I thank the Board for passing the ordinance on Public-Private Partnerships.  Through this ordinance, we have recognized  the  indispensable role of the private sector, encouraged private enterprise, and provided incentives to needed investments.  Our strong partnership with the private sector is a key factor in our  socio-economic growth and development.

But there is still much to be done. Some of our fellow Cebuanos—those who wish for us not to succeed—complain we have done too little.  When we do our job with pure and sincere intentions, we do not need the cameras to roll while we plant the seeds of change. We do not need edifices to glorify ourselves.  And so, I implore you—challenge you—to support the programs of your provincial government. Be one with us. Help us. Pray for us.

Before I end, I wish to thank sincerely my Vice-Governor, Agnes Magpale, for whom I have the highest respect and deepest admiration. From the beginning of our term, Agnes had supported, guided and protected me all the way. Some woman, Agnes is. Nagsabut naman mi. I hope dili mausab iyang huna-huna. Davide-Magpale gihapon sunod tuig.

My sincerest gratitude and appreciation go to the honorable members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan: Teban, Yayoy, Peter, Dong, Gigi, Alex, Benjun, Sun, Miguel, Jude, Arleigh, Teddy, Ivy and Tining for their hardwork, inititative, support and cooperation.  Salamat pud kang Maple, ang maabtik nga Secretary to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

To our beloved city and municipal mayors, thank you kaayo for your friendship and support.

My sincerest thanks to all our department heads and officers-in-charge: Mark, Orvi, Ro, Jone, Cynthia, Chris, Ethel, Roldan, Baltz, Hector, Manny, Danny, Mar, Chad, Alma, Rose, Noli, Mrs. Baguia, Bobby. Salamat sa inyong suporta, paningkamut ug sakripisyo. Sa atong mga kauban sa trabahao dinhis Kapitolyo, salamat ninyong tanan.

To all our consultants, I need not mention your names, I am very grateful to all of you.  Finally and most importantly I would like to thank my family —the Davides and Angans most specially to Jobel and our three daughters, Paje, Dia and Nina—who have been my source of strength and inspiration all throughout my public life. I thank my best friend and confidant, Jobel, for her love, patience, understanding and support, and for all her sacrifices.

Above all, I thank God Almighty for His blessings and for this rare opportunity to serve my fellow Cebuanos.

Let us continue our journey towards  the development of Cebu and the progress of every Cebuano.

Thank you very much for your continued trust and confidence.  God bless us all. God bless Cebu.

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