Improve services, Sara urge department heads

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/6 July) — There should be an improvement to the kind of services that the Davao City officials are rendering to the

This was Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s order to the newly-appointed department heads during a meeting following her first flag raising ceremony as the city’s chief executive.

“How you serve the public speaks of how the local government performs,” Duterte-Carpio told the office chiefs.

“When it comes to work, the government officials and employees should follow my command. They should be guided with my direction,” said Duterte-Carpio, referring to her platform of governance.

On her inaugural speech, Duterte-Carpio slammed some government employees for the various complaints she received on her desk when she was still a vice mayor.

“I’m exasperated of hearing complaints about our service. In the coming days, we should be on the receiving end of appreciation,” she said. “That can only be forthcoming if there is excellence in our performance.”

The first one month of her administration, according Duterte-Carpio, will focus on the performance of close to 30 offices in City Hall.  The mayor urged the department heads to immediately assess the performance of their respective offices and make recommendations by the end of the month.

“They would report and make recommendations with regards to their respective offices’ strength and weaknesses,” she told reporters after the meeting.

However, initial assessment needs to be submitted to the mayor on July 15.

In the meeting, Duterte-Carpio formally announced the appointment of Lawyer Zuleika Lopez as the new city administrator, as well as of the other heads of offices.

Former Mindanao Business Council executive director Jason Magnaye was named chief of the City Investment and Promotion Center while  Lawyer Osmundo Villanueva and Roberto Alabado will head the City Legal Office and City Planning and Development Office.

Former City Information Officer Alex Roldan will be replaced by Giovanni Aportadera, former chief of the City Tourism Office. (Rico Biliran / MindaNews)