BEHIND THE LINES: Well done PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:52

BY BOB JALDON

I hate it whenever some people come up to me to say that Zamboanga is lagging behind most highly-urbanized cities. It’s either they’re intentionally blind or simply opposed to the present leadership that nothing positive registers in their bewildered heads. Then, the usual lines follow: “We need a change.” I’m not keen on surveys, but I reckon Mayor Celso L. Lobregat’s, Cong. Erbie Fabian’s and Cong. Beng Climaco-Salazar’s approval ratings are way up there. The trio wield their charms and beliefs leading to Zamboanga’s progress to the envy of their disgruntled detractors. Look around us. We see continuing development – infrastructure, commerce and industry that give rise to employment and livelihood are ever present. The opposition with uncontrolled fears – the self-styled messiahs – contend that we could be better off if we made good use of our dormant financial resources. We are better off than we used to be because the city’s wealth is well-managed. Lobregat, Fabian, Climaco-Salazar proceed with extreme caution before launching projects because they want our resources meaningfully and judiciously spent.

There’s this loose talk about “El Cambio” invading the city like a conquering knight in shining armor with the promise of a better future. Nay, that so-called savior can’t even get his domain out of poverty. The only “El Cambio” that we need is a total facelift of the opposition. They must change (”cambia”) their attitude in looking at eventualities. We are on the throes of development – we have been for the last 14 years – while the opposition quiver in envy. They should leave their enclosed yard and join the city’s movement forward. They have nothing to lose if they did.

Despite the continuing harassment by the opposition, Lobregat, Fabian, Climaco-Salazar and the city council remain steadfast in their resolve to bring progress to Zamboanga. And the people, the majority, have full confidence at the way the city government is being administered. The business sector is content because the economic landscape is ever flourishing. Our present crop of leaders have better things to do than be intimidated by certain unhappy individuals who still entertain the funny idea that they can better manage the ship if they were at the helm.

Incidentally, the cynics will have their chance in 2013. A chance is better than nothing, hey?
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The necessity for non-government organizations like MOBEZA to help the government rid of corruption is never overemphasized. It is agreed that the Office of the Ombudsman watches over the morals of public officials. But that office cannot fully function without concerned citizens helping it prosecute the corrupt in government. ZAMCELCO is the best example of private citizens’ involvement in getting rid of rotten eggs in that power firm. Boboy Valerio, el al., have yet to be congratulated publicly for what they initiated at ZAMCELCO. (Problem is, will that bring down the firm’s system’s loss?). Community leaders known for their civic consciousness are the ones most likely to lend the Ombudsman a firmer hand in its mission to ensure conscientious and effective performance by officials.