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1. To adopt programs and policies for the economic development of the city.

2. To provide the infrastructure and atmosphere needed for effective, efficient and honest local governance.

3. To provide and maintain needed infrastructure projects.

4. To institute police reforms and extend assistance to the police force to make the local police more efficient and effective in
the maintenance of peace and order.

5. To maintain health and social services.

6. To undertake cleanliness and sanitation programs and campaigns, and the restoration of city parks and scenic spots.

7. To coordinate with the national agencies in the economic development of the city, peace and order and the delivery of basic

8. To support and coordinate with non-government agencies in their social amelioration programs.

9. To create and maintain a favorable investment climate and adopt confidence-building measures toward this end.

10. To accelerate the BIMP-EAGA concept of development in the context of the establishment of the Zamboanga City Special
Economic Zone and Free Port through infrastructure support program and trade linkages.

11. To look for additional sources of revenue and improve tax collection.

12. To conduct housekeeping maintenance on computer hardware and software of the office.

13. To assist in the development of the Real Property Tax Mapping Geographical Information System (GIS) Project.

14. To maintain a developed computerized Real Property billing and collection system.

15. To attend computer-related seminars, trainings and conventions for personnel upgrading.

16. To develop computerized Management Information System for the Office of the City Mayor.

17. To maintain and operate the Mayor Joaquin F. Enriquez, Jr. Memorial Sports Complex for various sports activities,
especially for the youth.

18. To propose increase in the fees at the sports complex.

19. To coordinate and assist the barangay officials in the promotion of sports activities in their respective barangay to deter the
youth from the menace of drugs.

20. To plan, organize and oversee all the activities at the sports complex.

21. To ensure all city officials and employees are physically and mentally fit.

22. To organize/recruits and train athletes and coaches for national participation.

23. To produce highly competitive athletes in national and international sports competitions.

24. To adopt programs and policies for tourism development of the city;

25. To provide, create and maintain a favorable tourism investment climate and adopt market confidence building measures
towards this end;

26. To ensure basic tourist facilities are at par with the national and international norms;

27. To make the people aware and proud of the city’s rich history and cultural background;

28. To market the city positively through basic facts and basic information about the city;

29. To present a comprehensive and solid promotional plan for the city;

30. To facilitate official visits to the city, showcasing the hospitality traits of the Zamboangueños.

31. To attend seminar, trainings and attendance in convention for personnel upgrading and other travels as instructed by the
Chief Executive.

32. To support and maintain the requirements of the office.

33. To assist the chief Executive in the personnel administration of this office.

34. To process communications from and to the office.

35. To attend seminars, trainings and conventions for personnel upgrading.

36. To provide assistance to barangay officials in implementing barangay development projects.

37. To attend to complaints and requests of barangay officials and residents of the barangays.

38. To assist barangay officials with barangay communications, clearances and to process payrolls of members of Barangay
Intelligence Network.

39. To assist in official meetings, functions and conference of the City Government.

40. To provide assistance to the Zamboanga City Police Office with fuel requirements and repair of police vehicles.

41. To process requests for special permits to hold cockfighting derbies.

42. To issue City Mayor’s Clearance.

43. To process and issue business permits and licenses and other related permits to prospective applicants with utmost

44. To monitor and conduct investigation in coordination with the City Treasurer’s Office for unlicensed and /or under declared
assessment of business establishment.

45. To develop a more systematic way of keeping records for a more effective delivery of public services.


46. To hear and adjudicate all administrative complaints formally filed with or referred to, against any member of the PNP and
impose the corresponding punishment.

47. To administer oath, summon witness, require the production of documents, records, books or other things by a subpoena
duces tecum and issue other processes as may be necessary thru the PLEB chairman who is empowered to do so, in the
exercise of the functions of PLEB.

48. To upgrade the quality of police services through annual orientation-seminar sponsored by PLEB, for the officers and
members of the PNP.

49. To attend People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) Conventions and other related seminars and trainings.

50. To plan, implement and monitor yearly work program in pursuance of the objectives of the creating ordinance.

51. To draw up a list available and required services that can be provided to the senior citizens.

52. To maintain and regularly update on a quarterly basis the list of senior citizens and to issue national uniform, individual
identification cards which shall be valid anywhere in the country.

53. To service, as a general information and liaison center, to senior citizens.

Question 1: In few sentences, can you tell us what your study is all about?
The question is simple right? Many professors will tell you that most students get choked on a
question like this. Anyways the question is simple, but a bit technical. To answer this question, you
need to know every detail of your research project from chapters one to the end. The question needs
an answer in form of a summary of the entire study, therefore, to ace this particular question you need
to know every detail in your abstract. If you wrote a good abstract, this question will be a cross over
for you.

Question 2: What is your motivation for this study?

Now you must be careful here. This question can be very tricky and it goes a long way in convincing
your panel members that your study is worth their time. Another way this question could be twisted is
To answer this question, you may decide to elaborate on the problem investigated in the study. Your
zeal to solve this problem becomes your motivation. Do not state financial reasons or the need to
graduate as a motivation as you may easily go off point.

Question 3: How will this study contribute to the body of knowledge?

At some point the need for justification will arise and that is when you will be asked to mention how
your study will add to the body of knowledge if approved.
Here you will need to use your methods, case study or any unique model or conceptual framework
used in the study to defend it. For more information on how to tackle this particular question Click

Question 4: What is the significance of the study?

Just like stating how your study will contribute to the body of knowledge, you will need to state the
importance of your study. To answer this question, you will need to highlight how your study will aid
the government in policy development and implementation, how it will help other students who may
wish to conduct research studies on the subject matter and how organizations and the society will
benefit from your study.

Question 5: Did you bridge any gap from your study?

Every research study must have a problem. Your ability to solve this problem and explore into areas
not yet researched on gives you the full marks allocated for answering this question. You must be
able to convince the committee members that your approach is unique and it has covered areas
where much have not been done by other researchers.

Question 6: What limitations did you encounter?

This is another simple but tricky question. Most times the question is not asked to sympathize with
you, rather to get loopholes to criticize your work. To answer this question, you must be careful with
words as you may implicate yourself. Be careful enough not to sell out yourself. Do not discourse
limitations in your methods or data analysis techniques as this may imply that your study may be
biased or not well researched. Use simple limitations like difficulties encountered in combining
lectures and project instead of limiting your study.

Question 7: What are your findings?

At this point it is expected of you to present your results or findings from the study in a clear and
concise manner. Always link your findings to your research objectives/questions. This will make your
panel members to easily be carried along.

Question 8: What Methods or Sampling Technique did you employ?

To answer this question, you must be familiar with your research methodology. Your chapter three (in
Most Projects) must be at your fingertips. Your ability to justify your sample size and technique will be
highly rewarded here. For more tips Click Here
Question 9: Why choose this method?
As discoursed above, you should not only state a particular method for the study. You must also be
ready and able to justify why you chose the method in a convincing manner. At this point you are free
to quote sources or similar studies where such methods were adopted.

Question 10: Based on your findings what are your recommendations?

Recommendations are very vital in every research study and should not be joked with. In essence
you should know your recommendations off hand.

Question 11: Based on your findings what areas will you suggest for future research?
Questions like this are just there to test your reasoning and authority in your research area. Based on
your findings in a manageable scope, you should be able to suggest future research areas in line with
your study. For example, if I researched on the challenges of personal income tax collection in
Nigeria, a good area for further study will be in other forms of taxation such as VAT, Company tax etc.

Question 12: How can your research study be put into practice?
Easy for the computer scientist and engineering students, but a bit tough for management and social
sciences since most management/social science projects are more of abstract in nature. However,
you should try your best to be realistic here. Relate your study to current trends in your environment,
office, economy, government, schools, church etc. Use of relevant examples and illustrations will
score you good point here.

Question 13: How would you summarize your study to a practitioner in a few sentence?
Your ability to convey technical information from the study will score you good points here.

Question 14: What would you change if you were to conduct the study again?
Hmmm. Be careful! Do not be too jovial. There is a loophole here! Just like your limitations, this
question can be asked to identify your week points.

Question 15: What is your measurement Instrument?

In simple terms, what data collection method did you employ for the study? Here you state if
questionnaires were distributed or data was gotten from secondary sources. For more information on
measurement instruments Click Here

Question 16: What are your research variables?

Here you will need to convince your panel members that you know what you are talking about. You
need to explain your independent and dependent variable(s) to convince them that you are on point.
Your variables are present in your project topic. You need to identify these variables and know their
definitions as well to ace your defense.
Question 17: What are your research questions?
Very simple question. It should take about 0.015 seconds to answer this question if you are fully

Question 18: What do you plan to do with your research project after Graduation?
Here you are at liberty to say your mind. If you intend to publish it, this is the best opportunity to
discourse and interact with the committee members-maybe a professor there can help.

Question 19: What source of data was employed for the study?
At this point you have to state the source(s) you got data from. In general you have to state whether
data was gotten from primary or secondary source or both. You can further convince the committee
members by discoursing on literature reviewed for the study-both theoretical and empirical.

Question 20: What theories or theoretical framework is your study based on?
This is a very technical question but interesting. Before you step into the defense room, you should
know at least two relevant theories that relate to your study. For example, the “impact of motivation on
employee productivity” will be based on Maslow’s Theory and other theories of motivation. If you
cannot find relevant theories to back up your study, consult your supervisor for help.

Question 21: How would you relate your findings to existing theories on the study?
To ace this question, one will have to read extensively. You should know existing theories on the
subject matter as well as empirical studies too. Your ability to link your findings to previous research
studies (Whether they agree or not) will go a long way in validating your study. You will score good
points here trust me.

Question 22: What recommendations do you have for future research?

Your problem solving skill is put to test here. You should be able to identify areas that will need more

Question 23: What is the scope of the study?

This one is a cheap or should I say bonus question? Here you quickly state the delimitation of the
study in brief.

Question 24: What question(s) do you have for the committee?

Not a likely question in our Nigerian context, but I have defended a seminar project where this
question was asked and I was shocked to my marrows. This is an opportunity to interact with your
committee members and ask some constructive questions. Do not ask silly or too difficult questions
as the goal should be to make the committee members feel as the “boss”. It will also go a long way in
showing that you are a brilliant individual.
Question 25: Do you have any closing comments?
This is praising time! Use this opportunity to thank your committee members for their time and
questions. Tell them how much you have learnt from them and how you intend to correct errors (if
any) identified in your work. This can go a long way in impressing your internal and external
supervisors. All the best!