SANTIAGO CITY â€" Santiago City Mayor Amelita Navarro reiterated yesterday her commitment to keep this Isabela city peaceful and healthy.
After two weeks of inspecting livelihood and infrastructure projects in the city's 37 villages, the lady
mayor expressed satisfaction over what she
described as a fruitful year of administration.
Celebrating her 65th birthday today, Mayor Navarro said that her flagship programs continue to focus on health and education.
"While we see a lot of progress in agriculture, infrastructure and cultural development, I see to it that health and education stay at the top of the city's priorities because nothing beats a healthy, highly educated community.
If our constituents are bright and healthy, everything follows smoothly," said Navarro who is a nurse by profession.
reported that the city government has provided some 25,000 school children in the city with free school supplies and uniforms and are exempted from paying miscellaneous fees.
Some 1,000 students have been sent to college for free.
said that more than 3,000 mothers had delivered their babies for free in different barangay clinics whose personnel include midwives.
announced that babies born today (Feb. 6) in the city will get a prize of P5,000 provided the newborn is named "Amelita
" or "Amelito."
The delivery of other health services ranging from free cataract operation to preemptive vaccination and free medicines for indigent residents continues as part of her
commitment to keep the residents, particularly the poor, healthy.
said that one of her
birthday wishes is to keep a harmonious relationship between the executive and the legislative departments of the city government.
"Because of our mutual support for each other, important ordinances are approved smoothly by the city council," Navarro
likewise expressed hopes that the city can keep its status as a first-class city.
"But we could savor all these achievements only if we have a stable peace and order in our city," she