Mayor’s expectations on SONA PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 July 2014 13:37

Mayor Beng Climaco expects the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Aquino to be a rundown of the administration’s accomplishments and to update the people on the Zamboanga rehabilitation plan as well as to address issues concerning terrorism and disaster-ready responses.

Dubbed as a constitutionally mandated event, President Benigno Aquino III will deliver his SONA in a joint session of the Congress of the Philippines to be held at the House of Representatives in Quezon City at 3pm today.

Mayor Climaco said it is awaited that the SONA will outline the president’s accomplishments during the past 12 months and his future plans to better the living condition of each and every Filipino.

She said she also anticipates the president to apprise the people about the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) plan, otherwise known as the rehabilitation plan for the city following the September 2013 siege.

The local government of Zamboanga fully relies on the national government for the implementation of the rehabilitation efforts as it has no funds to fulfill the planned build back better Zamboanga.

On the other hand, Mayor Climaco said she also expects the SONA to focus on measures to address terrorism by strengthening security in Mindanao.

Various areas in Mindanao are hardest hit by terrorism due to perceived social and political injustice and the belief that violence or its threat will be effective and will usher in change. The national government is in the process of forging a peace pact with the Bangsamoro people in a bid to end the decades-old rebellion.

The lady chief executive also looks forward to the president talking about measures to address disaster ready responses of the country for both manmade and natural calamities.

The country in 2013 has been hit by both man-made and natural calamities that devastated cities and provinces. The most notable of these disasters were the September 13 attack by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Zamboanga City, the October 15 earthquake in Bohol and the November 8 typhoon Yolanda that struck Tacloban City and other areas in the Visayas. —  Sheila Covarrubias