‘We are mindful of the needs of all sectors’ — Mayor Climaco PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:32

The City Government of Zamboanga is committed to its obligations and responsibilities not only to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the ongoing rehabilitation efforts, but to all the residents of the 98 barangays.

This, according to City Mayor Beng Climaco, as she highlighted the ongoing efforts and activities of the local government to secure the welfare and ensure the well-being of all its residents in all aspects during the press briefing Monday, April 14.

“As we fast track the recovery and rehabilitation efforts, we are ever mindful of the needs of all sectors composing our 98 solid and united barangays,” said Climaco.

For infrastructure and environmental safety and protection, an ocular inspection was conducted on Tuesday, April 8, the riprap and river protection projects from Tugbungan to Zambowood in a bid to institute and implement measures to mitigate flooding incidents in the advent of climate change.

The City Government also participated in a disaster readiness information campaign, dubbed “Iba na ang Panahon: Science for Safer Communities, which highlighted the need for disaster-ready equipment, and the identification of evacuation centers in the East and West Coast in order to avoid burdening schools in cases of emergencies.

The City’s celebration of the Araw ng Kagitingan on April 9, aside from recognizing the veterans and modern-day heroes of Zamboanga City, served to kick-off youth-oriented activities such as the 2014 GK Bayani Challenge and the deployment of the first batch of SPES beneficiaries.

To ensure the orderly observance of the Holy Week, the City Government finalized Oplan Semana Santa, in coordination with local police authorities. Climaco issued Executive Orders 47 and 48, banning liquor, bladed weapons and firearms in Climaco Freedom Park, and imposing a temporary rerouting scheme on all roads leading to the park, respectively.

Meanwhile, in the rehabilitation front, Climaco, along with local officials, participated in a top-level meeting with DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson, NHA General Manager Chito Cruz, and the UP Planades team to discuss updates and developments in the recovery efforts.

These included: the issuance of certificate of no objection to commence construction of permanent housing in all areas covered with presidential proclamations, the commencement construction activities, the fast-tracking of negotiations on the various properties and the HOMA distributions, and the possible procurement of goods by utility companies like ZCWD and Zamcelco, through negotiated contracts.

Climaco also lauded the peaceful and orderly transfer of the IDPs in the Cawa-Cawa shoreline to the Mampang and Arena Blanco elementary schools.

“The IDP movement from Cawa-Cawa to will continue today. We are glad that the transfer was carried out orderly and peacefully,” she said.

“We thank the barangays and the schools and we will live up to our commitment to leave schools in better conditions,” Climaco added. — Jasmine Mohammadsali