ONCE again cited for its outstanding initiative in delivering excellent government services and programs to its constituents, the administration of Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian has garnered two Development Academy of the Philippines’ Government Best Practice Recognition 2017 trophies recently.

Among the 13 finalists this year, the city’s Disiplina Village: Bagong Bahay, Bagong Buhay (Complete In-City Housing Package for Disaster Preparedness and Resiliency) and the Education 360 Degrees Investment Program were among the five government practices that were recognized as successful and validated government practices that provide citizens with the best and utmost services.

The Disiplina Village has a total land area of 13 hectares for its two sites in Barangays Ugong and Bignay, is the country’s biggest in-city housing project.

Complete with facilities such as the 3S Center or satellite city hall, health station, daycare center, police community precinct, fire sub-station, multipurpose hall, basketball courts, elementary and high schools, livelihood facilities, such as, community fishpond and vegetable farm, tofu production mini-plant, and bag sewing and shirt printing shop.

The Disiplina Village-Bignay shall put the 4,594 informal settler families (ISFs) living along the waterways by early 2018.
Education 360 Degrees Investment Program, on the other hand, is the holistic, systemic, community-driven and student-centric approach in addressing education woes in the city.

The city government adapts a cover-all-fronts strategy and invests heavily in every vital aspect of basic education: school supplies, curriculum, nutrition, teacher competency, parental involvement and infrastructure.

It offers programs and projects to public school students that are usually only found in exclusive private schools.


The administration of Navotas City Mayor John Rey Tiangco hasn’t stopped from thinking of solutions to flooding though this has become a less burden over the years citing the establishments of several pumping stations and dikes.

“We’ve found out the need to construct box culverts or canal, not beside, but under the roads and with these, floodwater can be easily controlled until it’s driven into the sea,” said the mayor as he cited the importance of nearly 50 pumping stations & dikes vs. flood.


Over a thousand more of informal family settlers living particularly in danger zones in Navotas will be eventually relocated to the city government’s housing projects which offer in or off-city resettlement, according to the mayor.

He announced that the eight-hectare property in Brgy. Tanza is now already being occupied by 1,380 families while another hectare in the same barangay which can accommodate 400 families is currently being constructed.

This is aside from thousands of IFSs who already had been relocated in various resettlement areas by the National Housing Authority like in Bulacan province. GOOD RIDDANCE/ARLIE CALALO

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