Mayor underscores Zambo’s role in economy building PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 July 2014 11:48

Mayor Beng Climaco has cited the role of Zamboanga and its neighbors, in building the economy of Mindanao, as she urged stakeholders anew to help build back a better city and make it ready for Asean integration.

In a talk during the Stakeholder’s Presentation Review of the Western Mindanao Transport Framework Plan at a local hotel last Monday, the mayor said “it is just apt and timely to look at the role of our city and our neighbors in the region in this imminent convergence of nations and economies.”

Zamboanga, she said, is a commercial, industrial, banking, education and convention sports and economic growth center in region IX and the only city with an economic zone and freeport in the Visayas and Mindanao. And these make Zamboanga  the gateway for trade and commerce with the ASEAN neighbors.

“We urge everyone to be one in our conviction for building back a better Zamboanga City and making it equipped and ready in the process of growth, integration and consolidation which will continue to be an in inescapable reality for all of us,” Mayor Climaco continued.

She pointed out that Zamboanga Peninsula is part of the global economy, saying “we need to look at our competitive advantage, our selling points, and at the same time, look at investment opportunities to propel our economies even further.”

In the same event, Mayor Climaco highlighted the importance of looking into a feasibility of proposed international container port for the Ecozone “to support and entice more investors to come to our city and the region.”

The said proposal is a recent one and the Mayor is hoping that it will be included in the Mindanao Growth Plan.

Also, Mayor Climaco pointed out the importance of security in the long term economic development and prosperity. “Our social cohesion, that means security amongst us, is very critical in our society to prosper economically for the development to be sustainable.”

The Mindanao Development Authority and in partnership with the Asian Development Bank spearheaded the said convention and was attended by the representatives from Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi Local Government Units (LGU). — Juseph G. Elas (WMSU OJT-City Hall PIO