MAYOR Beverly Rose Dimacuha of Batangas is currently in her second term leading the city of Batangas, Philippines. Leading the city with heart, Mayor Beverly Rose Dimacuha has shown that local people’s interests are on her top list through her works. These have also been acknowledged by various parties.
Entering her second term, Mayor Beverly Rose Dimacuha shared the eight-point agenda in her leadership, including good governance people-centred participation, enhancing social security and stability, expanding economic opportunities and productivity, integrated housing programme implementation, infrastructure/utilities development and acceleration, enhancing climate change adaptation, environmental management and protection, and e-governance city.
In Batangas City, the media covered and highlighted several works and achievements of the Mayor for local people. For example, the process of building Calumpang Bridge to ease the traffic of the city. The Calumpang Bridge Project, mentioned as the city government’s flagship project and financed by a loan from the Landbank of the Philippines, will build 140 metres long and 15 metres wide four-lane bridge that spans Sitio Ferry, Barangay Kumintang Ibaba, Calumpang River, and Barangay Gulod Labac. The Bridge is said as the first step in transforming the Calumpang River into a tourist attraction by putting up a park and a floating restaurant.
Mayor Beverly Rose has also teamed up with the private sector, First Gen, to rehabilitate a closed garbage dumpsite into a recreation park and wildlife rescue centre (Eco-Park Project). Under the Eco-Park Project, the local government will transform the city’s old, two-hectare dumpsite into a recreational area for residents and tourists, as well as a sanctuary for rescued animals.
The leadership of Mayor Beverly Rose has been recognised and appreciated by various institutions reflected in various awards that she received. Under her leadership, the city of Batangas has twice achieved the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) of the Philippines. The city also obtained the Environment-Friendly Award from The Manila Times in 2017, the World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines’ One Planet City Challenge Award in which the city of Batangas bagged both the One Planet City Challenge (OPCC) National Winner title and the World’s Most Lovable City award in the We Love Cities (WLC)—the organisation’s public engagement campaign.