In his recent State of the City Address (SOCA), Balanga City Mayor Francis Garcia underscored the six (6) pillars which served as the road map or strategy map of the City of Balanga to make it a highly livable city: Smart Governance, Smart People, Smart Environment, Smart Mobility, Smart Economy and Smart Living.
According to Mayor Francis, Smart Governance starts with them, as he leads the LGU with the support of the Sangguniang Panglungsod which have already passed 287 resolutions and 39 ordinances; highlighting the 2019 SGLG award received by the city; document tracking system, learning barangay week, barangay mobile registration, mobile passporting to name a few of its accomplishment.
In Smart People, Mayor Francis said that since governance is a shared responsibility, and human resource is an asset to the city, they produce 10k tech savvy college graduates per year, 14 barangay learning hubs, U town summit, educational summit, Edu Child, SPES orientation to name a few.
For Smart Environment, 15% of the City area is allocated to open green spaces, BNHS Senior HS with 30k solar panel, preserving the wetland and nature park, farm tourism sites, DOLE Tupad program, balik bayong program, smoke meter machine, ibong dayo and many others.
Smart Mobility on the other hand is focused on different infrastructure projects making it easier for the public to commute such as good roads, good transportation, such as the mex jeep at vista mall, sakay alalay, 200 taxi franchise slots granted to Bataan and more progress on road widening, access roads and traffic lights.
More important to achieve all our plans for a more progressive city is the Smart Economy, with the stunning report of Mayor Garcia that the City of Balanga’s 2018 budget of 9.941 B increased to 10.099 B, with a total 4, 903 registered businesses and a total capital investment of P839, 962, 988.00 aside from other incomes.
Last but not the least, is Smart Living that with all their efforts they want the people to have good health that they may enjoy life to the fullest with programs such as huwag maging SAD, anti smoking, hataw takbo, bike ride, fun run, patroller community watch, paskong Balangueno.