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Delivered on July 1, 2013 at the Magallanes Coliseum in Masbate City during the Oath-taking Ceremony of the newly-elected officials.

 

To my partners in good governance:

HON. RUBY SANCHEZ MORANO, City Vice Mayor

Members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod:

HON. JONA REY MESINAS

HON. ANDREI BARSAGA DIEZ

HON. LEILAH DANAO PLACER

HON. RUDY JOY ODON YANEZA

HON. LUCIO JACOBO AGUILAR

HON. RALPH NEPOMUCENO DAIGO

HON. ALEX DIZON SAN PABLO

HON. JANUS MAGALLANES TUASON

HON. HAYDEE LEGASPI LIM

HON. JOEL VARGAS IBAÑEZ

HON. MAICA MAURICIO DELA ROSA, Ex-Officio Member representing the Sangguniang Kabataan

HON. FLOR VILLAMOR REJUSO, Ex-Officio Member representing Liga ng mga Barangay

Msgr. Ismael Misolas and Rev Fr. Eligio Cañete

Reverend Pastors

Judge Rolando Sandigan

Heads of the various national line agencies

Non-government organizations

Our barangay officials and leaders

Our City Hall family

To my predecessor, my mentor, my husband , Hon. Socrates Magallanes Tuason

My beloved family, relatives and friends

Supportive family of the newly elected officials:

Thank you all for the support to the Aksyon Padayon Team. Today, it is proper for all of you to be here and share with us our grand victory through this memorable occasion.

For almost three decades, the then Municipality of Masbate, now the City of Masbate, has been a showcase of male-dominated leadership. However, with the trust and confidence you have bestowed upon me, I am certain that this City is ready for a woman’s intuition and touch.

As I took my oath of office this morning, I am grateful and humbled for creating a milestone in the capital city as the first Woman City Mayor. I am accepting the position with open arms to embrace triumphs and challenges to my leadership ability. Kay sabi pa ngani ni Mayor Ates, tinuyoan kay mag intra sa election kag magpapili. This early, I want to assure all of you that this mandate you have given us will be repaid with hard work, sincerity and dedication for the best interest of every ciudadano.

The recent election has alienated us with political divides and personal differences but we cannot afford to dwell on it for a longer period. We must start to re-build our aspirations for our beloved City and translate our political agenda into reality. The past twelve years under the administration of my predecessor has been rewarding for us.

Local governance reforms have been instituted that positively changed the image of the City and created dramatic transformation in the lives of the people. This was proven through the accolades and distinctions that the city reaped over the years … like the prestigious Galing Pook Award, Seal of Good Housekeeping, Performance Governance System’s proficiency medallion and many more. These are the measures that we must continue and sustain, even surpass to greater heights.

Therefore, in my administration, I pledge to continue the good practices that we already have. However, I will put in additional programs that are not yet implemented in the past such as … First, we will create the Youth Affairs Development Office. This office will serve as an avenue for our youth to convert their spare time to productive time by providing them the necessary technical and vocational trainings and leadership seminars. This will enable them to develop their full potentials and enhance their skills for socio-cultural activities.

Second, we will adopt the computerization of our frontline services or eGovernance. We will go full blast with this innovative program to streamline our services geared towards economic and institutional development. In January this year, we have launched the Electronic Business Permit and Licensing System which resulted in the significant increase of business tax collection. Alongside, we will launch the Automated Real Property Appraisal and Assessment which will allow the offices of the Treasury and Assessor to track down delinquent real property taxpayers. This year, we will work on the electronic human resource database system to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of our employees.

Third, we will institutionalize the Community Technical Vocational School and Park and Train Program. Tatawagon ta po ini na “Edukasyon para sa mga batan-on, Ipadayon Project.” In close coordination with TESDA, we will establish a pilot post-secondary technical vocational training school in three priority barangays. It will be a venue for the continuous learning after graduation of the non-K to 12 graduates. On the other hand, the training courses inclusive in the park and train project are tailored to the needs of the trainees and the barangays. This unique program will have its own mobile trainer’s team who will conduct the on-site training on tailoring, food processing, handicrafts, organic farming, and construction services like masonry and carpentry. We foresee this program to arrest poverty in the countryside.

Fourth, we will transform the Tugbo Watershed into Ecopark. Ipapadayon naton an pag-rehabilitate san Tugbo Watershed para sa pagtipon san malinis kag suficiente na tubig. Ini tatalinguhaon ta na maging usad na ecological park para madagdagan an pasyaran ta … kag an mga kabataan matukduan na san tama na pangangataman kag pagpalangga sa kapatalibudan.

Fifth, we will officially give names to our newly opened roads, streets and alleys including the old ones which have been nameless for the past years to pave way to our project on house numbering.

Sixth, I will seek the help of the 5th City Council to support our development projects by fast-tracking the enactment and amendments to landmark legislations like:

1. The Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Ordinance which will be a manifestation of our strong advocacy for the protection of our environment. This policy will concretize our implementation of the “No plastic bag policy” and “solid waste segregation at the household level”. Starting from the households, waste segregation will then become a must to government offices, private establishments, barangays and the entire city.

2.  Revision of the Revenue Code of 2007 to create own-source revenues in order to accelerate meaningful local economic development. The end goal of this act is to reduce IRA dependence of the city.

3. Enactment of Tourism Code to suit the needs and demands of foreign and local tourists.

4.The amendment of the Traffic Code to significantly address the concerns of the transport sector and the comfort of the riding public.

The enactment and amendment to ordinances and codes that I have just mentioned will serve as guidepost to our legislators in accomplishing and achieving their tasks, before their term ends in the next three years.

I, and the members of the 5th City Council have one voice and direction when it comes to the total development of our city. That is why, we will continue the good programs and practices started by our predecessor of whom the council and I have been a part of - majority of them were members of the 4th city council and myself served as the City Planning and Development Officer.

 


Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 September 2013 )
 

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ONE STOP SHOP PROGRAM FOR 2013

One Stop Shop Program for 2013 of LGU-Masbate City is on--going. This facilitates issuing of Business Permits and Licenses of business owners in the city through the presence of all stakes in licensing (city departments and line agencies). It started last January 2 and will end on January 18. However, securing of business license is a year round activity.

Mayor Socrates Tuason provided an extension of a no surcharge for securing late of business permit which started last January 21 at ends in January 25. After the grace period, there will be 25% surcharge based of the assessed fee to be paid by the business owner.


NOTICES OF PAYMENTS OF REAL PROPERTY TAX AND BUSINESS TAX FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR 2011

NOTICE is hereby given to all real property owners of Masbate City that pursuant to City Ordinance No. 087-07, otherwise known as the Revenue Code of the City of Masbate, there is hereby levied in Section 40, Article 6, Chapter III of the same Code, a Basic Tax and Special Education Fund (SEF) on the assessed value of REAL PROPERTY located in the City of Masbate at the following; continued

Program and Project

There are considerable milestones the City Government have been reaping and continue to implement programs and projects to improve the quality of life of Masbateňos and make the City more livable. Aside from the annual program and project the City Government is implementing, it formulates innovative programs and improves its services for the betterment of the City as a whole and the satisfaction of the constituents. 

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