City gov’t collects P7.5M from zoning fees in 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 15 February 2014 12:20

Other sources of revenues for the city government are the zoning fees and the subdivision-related transactions which contributed to the city coffers the amount of P7.944 million in 2013.

A report by the City Planning and Development Coordinator’s Office (CPDCO) showed that the amount collected last year was higher by 1.62% than the previous year’s collection of P7.817 million. This, despite the reduction in the number of transactions as a result of the infamous Zamboanga siege.

The issuance of Local Clearances and Temporary Use Permits topped the list of transactions with fees amounted to P7.780 million. It was also noted that there were 238 subdivision projects last year, earning for the city P119,418.89.

The CPDCO headed by Engr. Rodrigo Sicat also led in the drafting and eventual approval of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan (CDRRMP), and coordinated in the preparation of the CDRRM Investment Fund Plan.

At the height of the siege, the CPDCO was one of the offices tapped to provide frontline services. Now that the city is on the road to recovery, the Office takes active role in the Relief, Humanitarian, Recovery, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction efforts.

It likewise provided technical assistance in the drafting of the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction (Z3R) plan and plays a critical role in the implementation of the same.

Another office that fared well in its mandated tasks is the General Services Office, which was responsible for making City Hall a symbol of joy, hope and prosperity during the Yuletide Season because of the Christmas lights and trimmings that adorned the entire façade of the historic building.

Though simple, the 2013 Christmas decorations in City Hall and landmarks like Plaza Pershing, Rizal Park, Plaza del Pilar and Paseo del Mar brought delight and inspiration to residents and visitors.

City Hall is a landmark to behold by night during Charismas, thanks to the GSO personnel headed by Rene dela Cruz.

On top of its exceptional performance in ensuring the cleanliness and upkeep of the city’s parks, gardens and road islands all year round, GSO had been invaluable in the city’s response to the September siege.

Specifically, the Office assisted in the installation and construction of comfort stations and latrines at the different evacuation centers, assisted in the construction of water bladders for additional water provisions of the internally displaced persons (IDPs), provided and delivered daily provisions like potable water to the evacuation centers, constructed make-shift kitchens, and rehabilitated electrical lines and streetlights that were damage during the siege.

It also assisted in the transfer of IDPs from the conflict areas to the evacuation centers during the siege and their subsequent move to relocation sites. — Vic Larato