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Calamba mayor cites gains of city programs, commends local officials

CALAMBA, Laguna — City Mayor Justin March Chipeco delivered on Thursday his state of the city address, where he commended department heads, city workers and barangay leaders for the accomplishments making Calamba City a Top Performing Local Government Unit (LGU) for Health Programs.
He also urged his constituents to become part of the moving force to shape the city's future.
The mayor delivered his state of the city address as he led city hall officials and constituents in a simple celebration of Calamba's 16th Cityhood Anniversary.
He said the recognition as Top Performing Local Government Unit (LGU) for Health Programs proves the city's 628 health personnel have provided city folks the "effective, efficient and quality health care services they deserve."
This was made possible by the establishment of some 60 barangay health stations in 54 barangays; two birthing facilities and two rural health units aside from the city government's charity ward at the Calamba Medical Center.
He also lauded city social welfare and services workers for the "Seal of Child Friendly Local Governance" award in recognition of the city's commitment in promoting child rights to survival, development, protection and participation toward a "Child-Friendly Philippines."
He said real and meaningful social services have been given through the city's 81 Day Care Centers; three hubs for child victims of domestic violence such as the Center for Street Children, Second Chance Home and the Reception and Action Center (RAC).
The mayor also cited educational achievements through the training of 2,621 graduates in technical and vocational courses through the Calamba Manpower Development Centers in Canlubang and Lingga and 2,047 college graduates of the City College of Calamba.
Also, he mentioned that the city government-run college continues to be cited by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as one of the Top 5 Performing Schools for Licensure Examinations for Teachers (LET).
Chipeco, likewise, acknowledged the pledge of commitment by Calamba's 54 barangay leaders who signed a "commitment wall" to sustain developments in their communities and support institutions and services on health, education, housing, environment, safety and security, livelihood and other needs.
For his part, Laguna 2nd District Representative Joaquin M. Chipeco said Calamba earned Rank 9 among the country's top 10 richest cities by equity in a 2014 Annual Financial Report of the Commission on Audit.
The Laguna congressman said "equity is the difference from the the amount of assets minus the liabilities of any LGU and such financial resource therefore could be saved and used for local projects such as infrastructures, investment and operating expenses."
Amid the city's milestones, Mayor Chipeco, however, reminded his constituents of the famous quote of their compatriot and National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal: "Progress is a historical force which carries along those who drift with it and crushes those who oppose its current."
"As we celebrate our 16th Cityhood Anniversary, join me in renewing our commitment and dedication in serving and providing the needs of our city and people," he urged CalambeƱos. (PNA)
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