Okay, do residents really care whether it’s election time or not or do they just want to hear good news all the time? We don’t know if this has something to do with the elections but I’m sure a lot of people will still be happy with these updates.
Republic of the Philippines
CITY OF PARAÑAQUE
Office of the Mayor
GOOD NEWS FOR HOMEOWNERS IN PARAÑAQUE CITY!
Dear Fellow Homeowners,
We would like to take this opportunity to inform you of the latest initiatives of my administration towards delivering superior public service to improve the quality of life of the homeowners of Parañaque – one of the most unsung and under-appreciated sectors of our community, without whose support in the form of real estate and business taxes, the various projects of the local government would not be possible.
NO REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS TAX INCREASES
It is an unfortunate reality of political campaigns that disinformation spreads much more rapidly than the truth. Contrary to the lies that some of my detractors have been peddling, there has been NO INCREASE in either real estate taxes or business taxes. We are not insensitive to the plight of our homeowners and businessmen during the present crisis, and have in fact implemented a real estate tax amnesty to further ease their burden. Under this tax amnesty, all interests and surcharges have been waived on all such tax payments until the end of April 2010.
Once again – NO TAX INCREASES under my administration!
REGULAR AND AFFORDABLE WATER SUPPLY
Probably the No.1 priority of my administration with regards to homeowners’ affairs has been leading the multi-sectoral cooperative effort to provide a regular and affordable supply of clean and potable water for the numerous residential subdivisions in Parañaque City. This has long been a campaign promise of politicians for over a decade now that has finally seen fruition only during our incumbency. With the support of concerned homeowners groups, we have been successful in our efforts to facilitate the entry of Maynilad water into our homes to provide clean and potable water on a regular basis and at a savings of up to 90% in some cases as compared to previous costs associated with water delivery services.
We are not resting on our laurels and continue to intercede with Maynilad to help find ways and means to further reduce our water bills and generally improve their services.
REGULAR AND EFFICIENT GARBAGE DISPOSAL
As you might probably be aware of, a common problem of all local government units in Metro Manila has been the lack of an adequate dumpsite that could satisfactorily accommodate the volume of garbage generated daily in our homes. Despite this handicap, my administration has managed to develop and operate a system to effectively collect and dispose of garbage in our city through a combination of garbage compactor trucks and better waste management systems.
In cooperation with our local barangay councils, we are conducting information drives on proper waste management, with particular emphasis on effective waste segregation and zero waste management.
ENHANCED SECURITY AND PEACE AND ORDER
The Parañaque police force has attained one of the highest crime solution efficiency rates in Metro Manila and is constantly striving to improve its professionalism and effectiveness. Yet, our local police are only one part of the city’s peace and order program. We are encouraging and initiating cooperative endeavors with the local barangay councils and homeowners associations to further improve our crime prevention efforts to help ensure the safety of our communities.
PRO-ACTIVE COOPERATION WITH HOMEOWNERS
Under my administration, a Consultant on Homeowners Affairs has been tasked to be pro-active in its concern for our homeowners’ general welfare. As such, any and all complaints, requests and suggestions from Parañaque City homeowners may be coursed through Ms. Diana Quiros who may be reached at her office here in the City Hall or through telephone number 820-7783 local 118.
We acknowledge that your invaluable support in the form of real estate and business taxes makes the success of our administration and its countless programs and projects possible. It is therefore only fair that the local government do its share to ensure that the quality of your lives is enhanced in whatever way possible.
Mabuhay po kayong lahat!
FLORENCIO M. BERNABE JR.