By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
On his first day in office, incoming San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora said he will review the policies of the city government, and realign its annual budget to fund projects and programs he plans for the city.
“Initially, kailangan nating reviewhin lahat ng polisiya at talagang irere-align ang budget natin, sapagkat kung ano man ang budget ngayon, ito ay budget pa ng kasalukuyang administrasyon,” Zamora said in an interview recently.
(Initially, we have to review all the policies and realign our budget, for the budget now is still the budget of the current administration.)
“Para magawa natin yung mga proyekto’t programa natin at maipatupad ang plataporma, kailangan maiayon natin yung budget sa kung anong gusto natin para sa lungsod,” he said.
(In order to implement our planned projects and programs, we need to realign our budget to whatever we want for our city)
Zamora, who defeated outgoing Vice Mayor Janella Ejercito-Estrada in the May 13 polls, said that San Juan now has an annual budget of P2.5 billion.
“Right now, (the budget) has been passed by the city council for the current administration, so we have to review and realign (it) immediately,” Zamora said.
During his campaign for the local executive chief position, Zamora’s platform includes a high-rise and in-city public housing for informal San Juan City residents.
The former vice mayor also proposed to make San Juan a “smart city” by installing WiFi connection to all of its 21 barangays.
He also vowed to develop San Juan Medical Center, the city’s public hospital, by procuring modern medical equipment and supplies.
Zamora will take his oath of office on June 30, replacing outgoing Mayor Guia Gomez.