Zambo’s ranking 3rd overall in infra didn’t happen overnight — Lobregat PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 12:00

Congressman Celso Lobregat said Zamboanga City’s ranking 3rd in infrastructure among the country’s highly urbanized cities did not happen overnight. In his State of the City Report, Lobregat said: “what made Zamboanga City win 3rd in Infrastructure was not the increase/improvement in the indicators from 2013 to 2014, in fact some went down and others remain the same. But it is the aggregation and accumulation of all the infrastructures already in place and this did not happen overnight”.

Further Lobregat said: “The city is continuing to harvest the fruits of the seeds that were planted in the past”.

He said the data used by the National Competitiveness Council as submitted by the LGU for the rankings in Cities and Municipalities Competitive Index 2015 even showed a drop in the city’s funding for its infrastructure program from Php 1.8-billion in 2013 to P 940-million in 2014.

The Annual Investment in Infrastructure by LGU is one of the indicators used by the National Competitiveness Council in coming up with the ranking of cities. Which represents actual resources allocated by the LGU for its infrastructure requirements and it measures the LGU’s prioritization for infrastructure.

Data analyzed by the National Competitiveness Council as submitted by the LGU shows that the LGU’s investment in infrastructure for the 4-year period were as follows: 2011 - P 1.951-billion; 2012 – P 1.585-billion; 2013 – P 1.872-billion and 2014 – P 940-million. There was a P 932-million drop from 2013 to 2014 or 49.7 percent.

Further, Lobregat said that analyzing the other indicators, there was no major increase in the existing road network, the distance to major ports remained the same. Also, the same number of DOT accredited hotels and resorts and hotel rooms. Tourist Inn and Pension House rooms increased though.

There was also no increase in the availability of basic utilities like water, no improvement in connections to Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The number of buses even reduced from 208 to 100. So with the number of passenger utility vans and jeepneys which registered lower than the 2011 level.

Health infrastructure- the only significant change was that public hospital beds increased by 200, and 100 beds by private hospitals. In terms of education infrastructure, no major changes in public schools and classrooms from 2013 to 2014. For tertiary, there was no change including VocTech.

In his State of the City Report (SOCR) Lobregat recalled that under his administration from 2007 to June 2013, the city government had spent Php 5.7-million in 4,030 completed and on-going projects. This was achieved without the city having to borrow a single centavo from any financial institution, according to Lobregat.

In conclusion Lobregat said: “what made Zamboanga City win 3rd in Infrastructure was not the increase/improvement in the indicators from 2013 to 2014, in fact some went down and others remain the same. But it is the aggregation and accumulation of all the infrastructures already in place and this did not happen overnight”.

In short, Lobregat said these are the fruits of the seeds planted in the past that the city government is now harvesting, and not an overnight happening. (Lea LM)