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The State of the City Address (SOCA) 2010, General Santos City

Last week’s State of the City Address (SOCA) is the 9th and the last delivery of the Honorable PEDRO B. ACHARON, JR. as City Mayor of General Santos City.

The SOCA was delivered at the SP Session Hall of the New Legislative Building.  Two days prior to that, at the inauguration of the new building, he remarked that the state of the city for the Year of Legacy will occur at the building which is testament to the stability of the local government of General Santos City.

Here is a short synopsis of the State of the City Address (SOCA) of the Mayor for GenSan.  Thanks to Millette Kaindoy, Goddess of Milk Maidens.


The SOCA first reported on the efforts of re-engineering the local government organization that made its personnel customer focused through the Total Quality Service of the Organizational Development Program.

The result of the redesigning has reaped tremendous positive gains for the city quantified according to the City Development Strategies of Good Governance, Competitiveness, Bankability and Livability.


The city has become more competitive as manifested in the number of new investments registered, tourist arrivals, employment generated, money in circulation, infrastructure development, agricultural sustainability and food security.

Total amount of investments for 2009 soared high with new businesses registering 1.397 Billion pesos capitalization. Weighing high on the investment scale is the wholesale and retail trade, which registered 577 new firms.

Hotel and restaurant industry came by leaps and bounds with 83% growth from last year’s 73 to 143 new firms this year. Community, social and personal services listed 261 new businesses. Total number of new businesses for 2009 is 1,259 indicating a 126% accomplishment vis-à-vis the 1,000 yearly target.

These new business registrants paid a total amount of 3.121 Million for taxes and fees and generated employment of about 3, 765 jobs.

Tourism investments posted more than 100% increase compared to 2008. Based on approved capitalization, new investments of 615 tourism-related establishments registered 274 Million pesos as compared to 137 Million pesos of 2008. These investments generated 1,084 jobs for the generals.


Most noted among its various achievements for 2009 are infrastructure project implementation by the government and the private sectors.

68 projects were implemented with a total contract cost of 240 million pesos of which 56 projects were completed. Most of the projects fall under Buildings and Other Structures, which account for about 52% of the total number of projects and 46% of the total contract costs.

Roads and Bridges represent about 35% of the total number of projects but 41% of the total project costs. By the year-end, an aggregate of 3.1 kilometers of roads were concrete-paved, 1 bridge was completed, 6.6 kilometers of farm-to-market road were improved and opened, a total of 1.4 lineal meters of sidewalk were constructed, 2 intersections were improved and traffic signal systems were installed.

Lastly, comprising the remaining 13% in the number of projects and in project costs are the construction of gabion dikes at Barangays Fatima, Mabuhay and San Jose amounting to 24.56 million pesos under our disaster preparedness and prevention projects charged to calamity fund.


Increased certified palay seed producers from 8 in 2008 to 17 in 2009 or an increase of 210%, thus ensuring continuous supply of certified seeds for our local rice producers.  Area of seed production likewise increased 137% from 16 hectares in 2008 to 22.00 hectares in 2009. Average yield per hectare increased by 124% from 6.30 metric tons per hectare in 2008 to 7.82 metric tons per hectare in 2009.

Under the animal health and disease control program, there were 32,395 vaccinations undertaken, 15,401 animals treated against different animal diseases, 33,051 given Vitamin Supplementation, 16,026 animals dewormed.


The city becomes increasingly livable as more Generals and their families enjoy a healthier and safer environment.  More Generals have access to health and medical services, more are able to send their children to school, more are able to live decently in homes within a secure community.

There was a 100% participation rate in our public early childhood education program. Participation rates for public elementary and secondary levels are at 93% and 80% respectively.

Two new schools were opened,  Dadiangas North High School that decongested Ireneo National High School, and Samboang-Ngilay High School at Barangay Batomelong.  These  were made possible through our local Special Education Fund and through the generosity of the Honorable Congresswoman Darlene Antonino-Custodio.


6,749 pregnant women have been provided with pre-natal care at our public health facilities.  According to the 2007 NSO census, there are 65,506 children who are five years old and below; among these 58,774 or 90% of this age group are well nourished.   Of the 507 TB smear positive detected among the Generals, 411 have already been cured; thus reducing tuberculosis mortality rate in the city.


All of our 26 barangays have disaster prevention and disaster preparedness plans.  THE PNP reported that of the 126 Index crimes committed, 117 have been solved, and of the 124 non-index crimes that occurred, 121 have been solved, giving a 93% and 98% crime solution efficiency, respectively.  This makes General Santos City a very livable city.


The city is in a healthy financial condition.  It is bankable.  Local revenue collection is at its highest which says much about the trustworthiness of the local government.  Thus, people are more willing to pay taxes and fees.

Year 2009 was when General Santos City hit the billion level in its revenue collection, a total of 1.238 billion pesos.  The first time in the history of the Local government unit, which include the share for the special education fund of 69.1 million pesos and 30.6 million pesos for the baragnay.

The net revenue of 1.138 billion pesos is 24.93% over our estimate, the highest ever.

The aggregate expenditure (2001-2009) was 6.259 billion pesos, of which:

  • 36.89% or 2.309 billion pesos was used for general public services,
  • 32% or 2.003 billion pesos for economic services, particularly on infrastructures;
  • 23.52% or  1.472 for social services that include health and education programs;
  • Finally 7.58% or half a billion pesos were used as statutory accounts such as calamity fund and interest payments.

According to the latest report from the City Bankers Association of General Santos (cbags), total money in circulation in 2007 reached 14.1 billion pesos and it increased to 16.9 billion pesos in 2008.  This is the combined total of peso and dollar deposits in the 45 banks operating in General Santos City.

In 2002, volume of deposit was only around 7 billion pesos.  we have doubled the volume of money in circulation in the city within 6-year’s time.


In conclusion, there was also a short reiteration of the accomplishment highlights of the entire nine-year term GenSan Mayor Acharon.  This hindsight provides a clearer perspective in the continuity of programs and projects and its significance in the future development of General Santos City.

For the whole copy of the Mayor’s State of the City Address (SOCA) for 2010, scroll down…

SOCA 2010

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  1. Amie says:

    Thank you for posting this kuya Avel…when the government and the people work together, there’s a lot that can be done for the development…It goes to show that the city has been managed very well and the government has the trust and confidence of the business sector kaya maraming investment that are pouring in. Keep up the good work Mayor! Congrats to all the people who are behind this….

  2. Fahdingding says:

    At last! Mababasa ko na rin ang last SOCA ni MAYOR!
    Thnx Kuya for the Post!

    Suggestion lang Kuya.. Why not include this sa next issue ng GENSAN GAZER?

    Magandang GENSAN!

  3. Fahdingding says:

    Where is this new Barangay North High School?

  4. BrAvO SiX says:

    very impressive……!

    the growth and development of Gensan is just so amusing…!


  5. white knight says:

    All I could say is well done Mayor Jun and for the rest of the officials and staff of this City who have made significant improvements to our city. I just hope that our next elected mayor would continue the progress made by our incumbent officials so as not be wasted. I hope the city would not stop on keeping our city competitive, clean and green, less crime,peace and order, disciplined generals and most of all to maintain our edge of having a low cost of living. thanks

  6. Fahdingding says:

    The BEST SOCA of Mayor Acharon!

  7. ariel says:

    Thats why, our city is getting bigger and bigger by the year, this is because we generals have faith on our LGU nakikita kasi natin saan napupunta ang mga buwis na binabayaran natin kaya lalong naging dynamic ang city natin with lots of nvestments pouring in, this will translate further to job opportunities for our fellow generals and improvemment of pur facilites from roads to education, sana magtuloy tuloy to di tulad sa nagyayari ngayon sa Cotabato at Iligan na kakatatot puntahan baka makidnap ka pa o macarnap dala mo car hahaha…

    here in gensan we enjoy the freedom of secutiy and progress that we are savouring here…

    puna ko lang ha, bakit napansin ko ng umupo si Hon Darlene antonino, bakit parang napapabayaan ang mga inag infra, gaya ng road, walang expansion akong nakikita except sa santiago dahil pupwesto dun ang SM, pero sa ibang areas like lagao, et al. jus ko ang kikitid ng daan ang sikip sobrang traffic pag rush hour sa pasukan kaloka ang traffic sa area na yan, kaya wawa talaga car mo na sobrang shiny, sa gidgitan ng mga pasaway na tricycle na yan nagagagasgas!…sana magkaroon din ng expansion sa mga roads on other arear around the city…

  8. fahdingding says:

    Excited for the 1st SOCA of Mayor Darlene… Kelan????

    @ariel: infairness to Mayor Darlene, there are lot road expansion and paving of roads happening in the city…

    QUEZON AVE is now 4 lanes and now the LGU has released the budget for widening QUIRINO Avenue – SOON 4 lanes na rin ito… And sana ang RECTO ST. din!

    And of course, our own CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS!

  9. jayson says:

    asan po ba dito yung list ng naging mayor sa gensan atsaka yung naging programs nila?

  10. kaye says:

    grabe ang city health ng gensan….. di maganda ang service.. napaka bagal ng process.. daming oras nasasayang sa kahihintay… basta ang pangitttttt… sana ma aksyonan..

    1. bariles says:

      @kaye, i hope mabasa ito ng mga kinauukulan.

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