Roxas assumes as CSWDO head PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 11:35

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday formally announced the appointment of Ma. Socorro “Sokee” Acuña-Roxas as the new City Social Welfare and Development Officer, a position that has remained vacant since October 2012.

“I believe in her potential to lead CSWDO,” said the lady mayor said during Monday’s flag raising ceremony in front of City Hall and in her weekly press briefing a few hours later.

Acuña-Roxas is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Social Work at the Western Mindanao State University and completed academic requirements in Masters in Public Administration and Masters in Social Work. She comes from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) where she was employed since 1983 handling key positions.

Cllimaco said Roxas’ trainings here and abroad, the citations she received not to mention, her extensive experience in the field of social work are noteworthy qualifications that make the latter proficient to handle the task. “We are confident that her entry in the CSWDO will sow unity in the rank and file and eventually further strengthen our social welfare programs for the marginalized sector,” the mayor stressed.

For her part, Acuña-Roxas expressed gratitude to the mayor for the opportunity given to serve Zamboanga City.

She shared that while she did not dream of heading the CSWDO (and joked that she had wanted to be DSWD regional director), she recognizes that there is always a reason why things happen. She assured Zamboangueños that she will bring with her the DSWD brand of service: that of being matapat, mahusay at magiliw.

“I do not promise anything but I always say that there is nothing wrong in serving the people with meekness and humility,” she told members of the media.

“With a supportive environment, collectively we would like to put back CSWD as one of the important departments of the local government of Zamboanga,” the newly appointed head said.

The new department head will take over the position that has been vacant since October 5, 2012 with the retirement of erstwhile CSWD Officer Francisco Barredo. — Claudine Uniana/City Hall PIO