Duterte-Carpio delivers final address

Davao City - Outgoing City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio delivered her 3rd and final State-of-the-City address during the opening of the regular session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) here on Tuesday.

Duterte-Carpio's father, Vice-Mayor Rodrigo Duterte presided over the regular session that was attended by SP members, heads of office and invited guests from the public and private sectors.

In her speech, Duterte-Carpio cited the accomplishments that her administration achieved for the past 3 years in the field of literacy, health, education, environment, tourism, agriculture, employment and security.

She described Davao City as a bustling and vibrant place of convergence, citing the recognitions and awards that the city government received from national and international bodies.

Tourism has also contributed to the development of Davao City, she stressed.

The city government has created the "Davao City: Life is Here" campaign that presented this city to the world as a destination, and witness how a multi-sectoral populace live, work and play in one place.

Davao is also the premier city in the southern Philippines where meetings, incentive travel, conventions, and exhibitions (MICE) are held.

The city, she said was recognized as the Hall of Famer and awarded the Most Outstanding Local Government Unit under the category of highly-urbanized city by the National Literacy Awards Council in 2012.

This city will be the country's entry to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Literacy Prizes for promoting innovations in the field of literacy, Duterte-Carpio noted.

The city also won the Presidential Award for the Most Child-Friendly City in the Philippines recently, the outgoing mayor added.

In education, the city government has expanded its educational support to poor but deserving students since 2010, and since then, accommodated an additional 936 scholars until this year.

The local school board that manages the Special Education Fund (SEF) has prioritized the construction of more classrooms and the hiring of more auxiliary teachers, she said.

In the field of health, lying-in clinics and rural health units in the city have been accredited by PhilHealth for the primary care benefit package.

To help decongest the maternity ward at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), the city government also started the rehabilitation of strategic health centers, and equipped them with birthing facilities.

Duterte-Carpio also lauded the implementation of the comprehensive anti-smoking ordinance that took effect on May 31 this year.

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