The city government’s Special Projects, including the Roxas Night Market, generated more collection than what was targeted, Davao City Economic Enterprises Officer-in-Charge Maximo Macalipes said in a media briefer on December 10, 2022.

“We are given a collective target of Php3.8 million pesos for this year. With the Roxas Night Market in full swing, last September, we already collected Php5 million or 31.5 percent of the excess target. We are hopeful to maintain this trend and reach pre-pandemic outputs by 2023,” Macalipes said.

He said that the Special projects contribute to the income of the city well. In 2019, all special projects collectively generated over Php12 million in revenue, with 92% of it from the Roxas Night Market.

“During the pandemic, everything went down substantially due to lockdowns and health protocols. We only collected Php3.6 million and Php1.5 million for 2020 and 2021, respectively,” Macalipes added.

Based on EO 16, six facilities have been declared under the Special Projects Division of the CEE. These are Commercial Building at San Pedro Street cor C.M Recto Ave, the Davao City Library and Information Center Coffee Shop; the 2-story Concessionaires Building at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Compound; the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal stalls/booths; the Candelaria Commercial Spaces at Ecoland; and the Davao Skate Park.

However, there are also facilities under the Special Projects Division of CEE that were not declared under EO 16 because other boards are handling them such as the Roxas Night Market, which is under the Tiangge sa Katawhan Management Team

“But in 2023, we will be rationalizing all units of the CEE, especially their categorization as part of our continuous improvement with our Quality Management System,” Macalipes said.

Macalipes said that while some of the Special Projects just started and others non-operational, a specific project has already been tested for its resiliency, adaptability and unity over the years– the Roxas Night Market.

“Its management team facilitated adjustments just to accommodate the demand from vendors and patrons. The Roxas Night Market is a success story of interoperability between departments and divisions of the City Government of Davao. And this is what we are hoping to replicate in other special projects because our personnel and expertise are limited,” he added.

Macalipes said that one of the best practices also of the CEE is its push for digitization to improve the overall income generation activities of the CEE.

In line with that, in active development are the Electronic Stall Management System (eSMS), Public Cemetery Monitoring Information System (PCMIS), and the Electronic Order of Payment System (EOPS).

The eSMS was developed for CEE-managed public markets and is currently in the pilot phase at Agdao Public Market and is soon to be deployed at Bankerohan, Calinan, Mintal, Tibungco, Bunawan, and Lasang Public Markets.

Meanwhile, the PCMIS was developed for CEE-managed public cemeteries. It is currently in the pilot phase at Wireless Public Cemetery and will soon be deployed at Tagakpan, Panacan, Tibungco, Bunawan, Maa, Tugbok Toril, Mintal, and Calinan Public Cemeteries.

“The EOPS is not exclusive to CEE but we use it in generating Orders of Payment for leasees or clients under the Special Projects of CEE such as the Roxas Night Market, the Concessionaires Building at SP compound, and other CEE-managed leasing spaces across the city,” Macalipes added.

He also said that they consider the latest infrastructure development as part of CEE’s best practices – The Agdao Farmer’s Market and the Halal and Non-Halal Malagos Slaughterhouses, both funded by the Department of Agriculture and the city government.

“These best practices are aimed to expand capacity, enhance quality, improve efficiency, and deliver effective management of leased city-owned properties and revenue generation of all economic enterprises in the City of Davao. All for the benefit of the residents of Davao City,” he said.

Macalipes said that all economic enterprises are created through a Resolution and Ordinance by the City Council, which also declare their guidelines for operation and management – including the creation of management committees or boards. The CEE also follows the decision of these boards in accordance with the provisions of the ordinances. CIO