3 economic enterprises earn P35M for city gov’t PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 08 February 2014 13:44

The city government’s economic enterprises, mainly the old waterfront public market, the Sta. Cruz Commercial Complex and the Abattoir or slaughterhouse in San Roque, earned for the city coffers the total revenues of P34,669,268.85 in 2013, bearing 0.62% increase against that of 2012.

This was reported by the City Administrator’s Office (CAO) through which the city government derived revenues from various sources that include the economic enterprises.

The same office also collected for the city P2,824,925.00 in terms of administrative fines from traffic violators to other ordinance violations as reflected in the executive summary for Mayor Beng Climaco’s first State of the City Report at the City Council last Jan. 15.

With City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. at the helm, the office also takes charge of the maintenance and operation of the city’s parks and gardens which collected a total revenue of P11,137,164.21 last year.

The collection, however, has dropped by 28% due to the 23-day Zamboanga siege last September when Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) fighters sympathetic to Nur Misuari attacked the city.

Thus, the parks and gardens which include Paseo del Mar, Plaza del Pilar, Plaza Persing and Jardin Maria Clara in Pasonanca were closed to the public throughout the conflict.

The office continues to sustain advocacy to maintain cleanliness, sanitation and orderliness at the markets, parks and gardens.

It also endeavors to intensify campaign against the operation of video-carera gaming machines which resulted in the destruction of 42 machines.

The crackdown on illegal vendors, particularly the selling of cellphones on the sidewalks downtown in violation of City Ordinance 240 and NTC Circular No. 68-082004, was also strengthened that led to confiscation of cellphones and accessories.

Meanwhile, the City Administrator’s Office was in the frontline in the delivery of administrative support services during and even after the September siege. It worked closely with other offices and law enforcement agencies to maintain order in the city.

One basic tasked the office handled was the evacuation of 121,276 affected families to 50 evacuation centers and directing the day-to-day delivery of services for their subsistence and needs as a result of the siege. — Vic Larato