By Chito Chavez
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista stressed that enhancing the city’s infrastructure programs particularly the road and drainage projects is a major part of strengthening the locality’s disaster initiatives.
He issued the clarification as several infrastructure projects were inaugurated as his term as local chief executive (LCE) winds down.
Critics have questioned Bautista’s administration for the numerous infrastructure projects being built at the tail-end of his nine year and three term stay as mayor.
Brushing off his detractors, Bautista asserted that the infra projects are vital and are geared for the betterment of the city as they were carefully planned and not implemented out of the blue or meant to satisfy any personal whims or caprices.
Recently, Bautista led other officials in the inauguration of several road and drainage projects in District 1 as part of the city government’s solution to flooding in some areas in the city.
The inaugurated roads are in Barangays Lourdes, Sto. Domingo, Salvacion, Paang Bundok, N. S. Amoranto, Maharlika, St. Peter, Siena, Delmonte, Damayan, and Mariblo, areas which are known to be flood-prone areas.
“Sana ang munting ambag na ito ay makapagbigay sa inyo ng kaunting kaunlaran (I hope this little contribution may provide you with a bit of progress),’’ said Bautista.
On June 13, the local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office in cooperation with Barangay Apolonio Samson put flood markers on several flood-prone areas as an early warning device.
Under the Bautista administration, QC is recognized as one of the highly urbanized cities with the best DRRM in the country for its disaster preparedness initiative.
Bautista assured local residents that their taxes are working for them and the city’s finances are being put into good use.
He advised the residents to take good care of the city’s projects.
“Kaming mga nasa pamahalaan ay facilitator lang, pero kayo ang taxpayers kaya sa inyo ang lugar na ito (We in the government are mere facilitators but you as the taxpayers own these places),’’ he concluded.