Due to heavy traffic which worsens during rush hours, City Mayor Felipe Remollo will sign his first five executive orders this year one of which is the designation of parades and religious proces-sions on a fixed routes , time and days.
The purpose of this long-overdue order is not to worsen the already clogged traffic condition during parades.
Designated routes will be laid down by the government, at specific hours and days, no longere at the whims of paraders. This will also cover religious processions, motorcades and the like.
The preferable routes will start at the Looc by pass, the boulevard, Burgos streets, around the Plaza and the new expanded boulevard.
Parades will be mostly allowed on weekends.
This was announced by Mayor Remollo on a year-end report to the people over DYEM FM’s premier public affairs program CROSSTALK>
Meanwhile, in the same interview, Mayor Remollo said :
There are now 7, 459 business establishments operating in the city in first half of 2018 up from just 7, 074 in 2016; created 10, 102 local jobs from July 2017 to June 2018; City Treasurer Cristina Merced projected P 324 million revenues from local sources or businesses alone in 2019; thus the city has approved its biggest ever budget at P 790 million for 2019. In 2017, the city has posted an excess collection of P 91.4 million in revenues, which can be repeated by the end of current fiscal year 2018. Mayor Remollo credited this feat to the aggressive tax collection and sound fiscal management of all responsible officials, who are committed to good housekeeping and ethical conduct in service.
The increased collections has funded the priority projects of Mayor Remollo, just recently some 25, 711 get early Christmas cash gifts from the City Government of Dumaguete under the bigger Pamaskong Handog this year to include 16, 605 indigent families, 8, 336 senior citizens and 769 Persons with Disabilities, who received P 500.00 each as their Christmas gift from the local government totalling P 12.8 million. This is the biggest budget appropriation for the Christmas cash gifts to reach the most number of vulnerable and poor residents of the city.
Meanwhile, PLDT won the bid to undertake the P 69.7 million Lease of CCTV system in the next 8 years to include installation of 330 cameras in 30 barangays starting March 2019 to help solve and prevent crimes, improve traffic management and serve as early warning system during calamity.
Next in the pipeline is the installation of the modern traffic lights system in strategic locations of the city. PLDT and another company has presented separate proposals to the Bids and Awards Committee.
The city government has also allocated P 25 million for the construction of a full span concrete bridge in Colon Street at the back of Foundation University with the public bidding of the project slated in the first quarter of 2019. Another bridge will replace the dikes near the Bureau of Internal Revenue to be funded in the same period of 2019.
Civil works for the restoration of the Old Presidencia and the Quadrangle is nearing completion by first quarter of 2019 to serve as a regional museum.
The multi-million shoreline protection in the south end of the boulevard starting at the Dumaguete Press Club to shield the coastal communities of Poblacion 1 (Tinago), Calindagan, Manganao and Banilad from the rising sea water and storm surge.
Various diplomats paid visits to the city to discuss with Mayor Remollo areas of mutual cooperation to promote trade, commerce, education, culture, sports and tourism. Among the diplomats who have already visited the city were New Zealand Ambassador David Strachan, Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev, British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Robert Pruce, Consul General Shi Yong of the People’s Republic of China United States of America Deputy Chief of Mission Michael S. Klecheski, Ambassador Mohammad Tanhaei of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Singapore Ambassador to the Philippines Kok Li Peng.