Beng plays ‘Santa’ to barangay execs PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 December 2014 14:55

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday played Santa Claus in her traditional Christmas party with barangay officials at the Celebrity Hall of Grand Astoria Hotel, this city.

Aside from the usual tête-à-tête with the elective officials of the city’s 98 barangays, Mayor Climaco also shared with them the good tidings of the season and some blessings that everybody was delighted with.

Joining the mayor were Councilors Percival Ramos, Gerky Valesco, Mel Sadain, Elong Natividad, Noning Biel, Ismael Musa, Eddie Saavedra, Kim Elago and BG Guingona.

The night before, the chief executive also sponsored a Christmas party for all City Mayor’s Office employees at Centro Latino, and her first Christmas party with the more the 2,000 rank and file employees of the city last Monday at Paseo del Mar.

Meanwhile, Mayor Climaco invited everybody to enjoy the Yuletide Season by participating in the different activities the city government has prepared for “Pascua na Zamboanga” festival.

Among these activities is the “Doce Dias de Hechos de Zamboanga,” a night market cum variety show slated to begin next Friday, Dec. 12, until Dec. 21 at three designated venues— the Zamboanga Economic Zone (Dec. 12-13) with free entrance fee  to exhibitors and patrons, Jardin Maria Clara Lobregat in Pasonanca (Dec. 13-19) and Mercedes Church premises (Dec. 20-21).

The activity is in line with City Ordinance 424, mandating the organization and management of One Barangay One Product (OBOP) in the city, patterned after the “One Town One Product (OTOP)” of Japan and adopted by the national government.

It is organized by the city government through the Investment Promotion Services, City Tourism Office, Public Information Office, all of the City Mayor’s Office; City General Services Office, City Agriculturist Office in coordination with the Zamboanga Ecozone, Barangay Ayala, Department of Trade and Industry- Zamboanga City Office, Barangay Mercedes, Philippine National Police and Task Force Zamboanga.

The 12-day exhibit hopes to promote the OBOP and harness the economic potential of each barangay, keep the city’s old investors, keep the confidence of investors and constituents that doing business in Zamboanga is smart and wise, promote micro small and medium entrepreneurs thru outside selling, develop the capability of existing entrepreneurship activities and uplift the Christmas spirit of Zamboangueños thru outdoor events like the night market.-

Other Christmas activities include the Barangay Christmas Landmark competition (Dec. 10-12), Noche Navidades (Dec. 12, 13, 14), Noche de Alcadeza (19, 20, 21), Open Lantern competition (Dec. 15) and Canciones de Pascua at Paseo on Dec. 16. — Vic Larato