Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano said yesterday in his 2nd State of the Municipality Address that last year was all prosperity for Murcia town in the fields of social services, peace and order, special programs, and in its economy as a whole.
In his report delivered at the Murcia Gym, Montelibano said the unity in his town is their asset that brought in more investors.
He also thanked Vice Mayor Gerardo Rojas, the councilors, barangay officials, and the department heads for all their projects and programs implemented and achieved, as well as Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (3rd district) for supporting his projects and providing financial support to his town.
"Without their support, Murcia would not be able to make such improvements," he said.
Montelibano declared Murcia as a corrupt-free town and cited "Seal of Good Housekeeping Award" from the Department of Interior and Local Government as proof.
He said Murcia is one of the 41 municipalities in Western Visayas recognized by DILG for sound internal housekeeping in areas of transparency, accountability, fiscal management, and valuing performance management.
He also declared Murcia as a drug-free town and told those who sell and deal illegal drugs to watch out as he knows who they are.
With only 27 policemen and non-commissioned officers, they have increased their crime solution efficiency from 88.46 percent in 2010 to 90.78 percent last year.
Education is one of their priorities, he said, and has provided personal accident insurance policies to 20,075 elementary and high stdents, school heads, teaching and non-teaching staff, Parent-Teacher Associations covering dengue cases he said.
Montelibano said the town has 131 scholars studying at Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology-Sagay Campus and spending P1,310,000 yearly in them.
He also said that they will reapply with the Commission on Higher Education in Western Visayas to open the NONESCOST-Murcia that was closed in June in 2008, this year or next year.
Montelibano also said he is supporting 17 boxing scholars under the sponsorship of Donnie Nietes, world boxing champion light flyweight division and his family.
The Sports Scholarship Program was also created that provides scholarships to elementary and high school student showing exemplary performance in sports, he added.
He also announced that the 13,098 beneficiaries of Philippine Health Insurance at the barangay level were renewed and were not reduced despite the increase of its fees.
He also awarded land titles to about 360 illegal settlers last year through his Handog Titulo ni Andrew Program, that earned them P1,286,787.04 from the real property taxes, he said.
He also cited the investments made by the Negros Japan Human Resource Exchange Association Inc. for deploying Murciahanons in Japan as skilled workers and the rise of Lopue’s-Murcia and the Sta. Clara Arcade that contributed P9 million additional revenue apart from its market collection of P9,944,526, Montelibano said.
Since the internal revenue allotment of Murcia for 2012 dropped by 3.5 percent, Montelibano also appealed all taxpayers to pay their taxes correctly and diligently so that basic social services will not suffer.*LTG