Puentevella Cites Political Will, Economic Stability, Peace & Order as Key Accomplishments
Political will, a stable business climate and a much improved peace and order situation were considered by Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella as some of his key accomplishments during his first three years as the city’s Chief Executive.
The Morning Show host Marty Go interviews Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella about his accomplishments during his first term as Chief Executive and his plans for the city.*
In an interview on ABS-CBN’s The Morning Show, Puentevella said that in his first term, he and his administration were able to implement several No Parking Zones around the city that resulted in traffic decongestion and reduced road accidents. He also pointed to the clearing of vendors along Bonifacio Street, making it passable to motorists and the increase in scholarship funds from P2 million to P7.5 million – a 300% upsurge that gave more deserving students the opportunity to go to school.
“You cannot deny that Bacolod is one of the best in the Philippines,” Puentevella said, as he explained that the city is a prime mover outside of Metro Manila in terms of real estate and development.
Last year, real estate and property management expert Jones Lang La Salle (JLL) mentioned Bacolod City as one of the emerging Provincial Commercial Districts, while online real estate surveyor Lamudi ranked the city 5th in the 8-city list to watch this year.
Lamudi pointed out that Bacolod was one of the cities in Western Visayas that was popular among online property hunters. Their 2015 report likewise placed Bacolod as the top city in the Philippines that experienced a spike in search traffic and is experiencing “its best real estate market condition in 20 years.”
Booming Bacolod, he added, also comes in the form of various investors who made the city expand economically. Puentevella mentioned the arrival of MegaWorld, which will guarantee Bacolodnons 250,000 jobs for the next 5-10 years; AyalaLand’s P6billion development project will soon establish a 4-storey Ayala Mall, an 8-storey mixed-use building, a two, 9-storey residential condominium and a 150-room hotel; two CityMalls courtesy of Double Dragon Properties, Corporation and a lot more.
The Mayor likewise mentioned that the city is the best in Region 6 in terms of anti-drug enforcement; police visibility that contributed to a 30% decrease in crime rate and on-time collection and disposal of garbage.
“These made Bacolod City investor-friendly: we make sure that our investors and their assets are in good hand,” expressed Puentevella.
The agreed increase in the zonal valuation, meanwhile, was also important considering the city has violated the Local Government Code of 1991 and City Ordinance No 08-14-700, or the updating of fair market value and real property tax.
The city has failed to implement the increase for the past 13 years. It’s bad for property owners and the city,” he said, adding that real property stakeholders finally agree to enact the increase.
On the other hand, the Local Community Mortgage Program gave former illegal settlers a boost in moral and confidence knowing that they are now owners of their lots and need not be transferred to a relocation site through the city’s 25% counterpart to complement the 75% of the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC).
Should he win the upcoming May 9 elections, Puentevella aims to move Booming Bacolod to a more competitive status. Included in his second term plans are the putting up of more street lights, Close Circuit Televisions (CCTVs), vehicles for the police force, the improvement of the MKK Medical Assistance Program and the City Health Office (CHO), and the eventual rise of the Bacolod Dialysis Center.
The Coastal Road, which will stretch from Barangay Banago to Talisay City, will also be pushed, alongside the Sugar Road – a project that he started in 2003 when he was still Congressman of the Lone District of Bacolod. It will detour sugarcane trucks from passing through the city’s main thoroughfare and direct them to pass by Bago City to the Bacolod-Silay Access Road.
“Booming Bacolod wouldn’t have been possible without your help. We will continue our political will, our good governance under a Christian Leadership: we will lead Bacolod by the rule of the Almighty,” Puentevella said.*