LEGAZPI CITY, June 30 (PNA)-- Outgoing Legazpi City Mayor Carmen Geraldine B. Rosal on Friday told Legazpi residents they have less worry on the problem of flooding in many parts of the city due to the rehabilitation of the Pili bridge and replacement of the old culvert-type canals with deep and wide line-box type ones in the downtown area of the city.
The move, Rosal said, aimed to avoid clogging that had caused massive flooding in the city during rainy season.
“The rehabilitated waterways are part of our preparation for the installation of pumping stations at the mouth of the rivers in the villages of Victory, Bonot, San Roque and Dap-Dap,” the lady mayor said in her last ”Ulat sa Bayan” or State-of-the-City address at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation here.
Together with the departments of tourism and of public works and highways, Rosal said, her administration has rehabilitated the Karangahan Park, formerly known as the Imelda Park, in Barangay Barriada, constructed a seaport near the Embarcadero de Legazpi and a fish port in Barangay Dap-dap.
Under her leadership, the city has undertaken a number of road concreting and improvements in different parts of the city, particularly in the villages going to the area of the Southern Luzon International Airport being constructed in nearby Daraga town, she added.
“When proper time comes to operate the said airport, our city will become the gateway of Bicol and all kinds of tourist personalities will visit first Legazpi before they go to other places of the region,” Rosal added.
Other infrastructure projects constructed under her leadership are the newly rehabilitated Albay public market, new City Engineering Office at Barangay Dap-dap, city slaughterhouse, newly renovated Office of the Sangguniang Panlunsod, City Prosecutor’s Office, Taysan barangay market, water system in Barangay Banquerohan, re-channelization and repair of flood control structures at various rivers and creeks.
The city also has newly installed modern street lights and solar road lights at the villages of Lamba, Dap-dap, Victory, Puro-Lamba Road, Rizal Street and its other streets.
These, she said, were partly made possible by the very efficient tax collection of the City Treasurer’s Office that provided a financial lifeline in the operation of her administration.
The lady chief executive pointed out that her administration has rehabilitated old classrooms and built school buildings with modern facilities and equipment in different villages, particularly in the far-flung barangays of the city.
“We have also students under the Local Government Unit of Legazpi and the Bicol University Tertiary Education Extension Program (LGU-BU-TEEP). Recipients of this program are those students who cannot afford to pay their tuition in higher education,” Rosal added.
In the field of health service, the outgoing chief executive said her administration has established three lying-in clinics with modern facilities and equipment.
These are located in Barangay Banquerohan in the southern part, in Buyoan that covers the northern part of the city and the last one is in the main office of the city health department.
The three clinics are operating 24 hours a day by professional doctors, midwives and other medical staff.
She said her administration has established Botika sa Barangay units in different villages of the city and conducted feeding program, diet counseling, nutrition lectures, blood-letting activities and other related health services in the 70 villages of the city to keep people away from deadly diseases like dengue, malaria, typhoid, and other dangerous diseases.
Rosal also cited accomplishments in terms of employment opportunities especially in business process outsourcing, tourism, environmental protection
Her administration got the Red Orchid Award of the Department of Health (DOH) for three consecutive years (2010-2012) for its anti-smoking ordinance, best Local Government Unit in practicing Business Permit and Licensing Reforms and the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi during the term of the late Jesse Robredo as Department of Interior and Local Government secretary for demonstrating exemplary performance in Administrative Governance, Social Governance and Environmental Governance.(PNA) PDS/FGS/MPS/CBD/