Duterte cites increase of budget, police personnel to support city’s growing population

October 12, 2009 10:52 pm 

DAVAO CITY, Oct. 13 – City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte has cited the need for more budget and personnel of the police as the increasing population places more pressure on the local government to widen the already tight resources of the city.

Duterte said with more people born and migrating to Davao City, considered as the premier city in Mindanao, there is a need to provide more housing, education and jobs, buy medicines and ensure peace and order for the populace.

“There’s an increased pressure on our governance. Along with the population boom are the social problems like illegal drugs, gangsterism, kidnapping, thievery and murder,” he said.

“That’s the reason why the city needs to raise more money to support the police and curb all these social problems to maintain peace and order,” the mayor further said.

Duterte said according to National Statistical Coordination Board posted in the website, the population of Davao City had already 1,363,337 as of 2007.

But daytime population (including transients) is estimated to reach around two million. The city’s population rate is 2.83 percent with an urban density of around nearly 3,000 people per square kilometer.

“I want you to become the mayor of Davao and let’s see how you handle Davao City,” Duterte challenged his critics. (PNA) LDV/JLC/lvp

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