Beng seeks RDC support to proposed new airport PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 11:14

by Sheila Covarrubias

Mayor Beng Climaco on Tuesday sought the Regional Development Council’s continuous support to all development efforts of the city specifically in the realization of the proposed new Zamboanga International Airport (ZIA).

The proposal to construct a new airport in barangay Mercedes is one areas of concern in the technical assistance grant of the UN Habitat for the development of Planned City Extension (PCE). Under the project, some 800 hectares of land near the proposed ZIA in Mercedes is being planned as the new PCE  site and the present airport site will be worked on as a Planned City Infill.

In her message welcoming the members and participants to the RDC-9’s 151st meeting at Centro Latino Tuesday, Mayor Climaco said the private sector has expressed interest in building the ZIA and that the RDC’s support to the project  will definitely push it to realization.

“I ask the RDC to continue supporting the City in all our efforts for development, such as the realization of the proposed new ZIA,” the mayor said as she also sought RDC’s endorsement to ensure the inclusion of Zamboanga, being at the Western Mindanao, in the proposed   Mindanao Rail System Network Study

Equally important, she said is for the RDC to help determine the status and ownership of Southern Philippines Development Authority (SPDA) properties in the city including those properties of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) for acquisition by the national government or the City Government of Zamboanga for the use by its people.

As she welcomed RDC-9 members to the city, Mayor Climaco also took the opportunity to thank the Council for convening in the city saying it is significant to Zamboangueños “as this manifests the Region’s commitment in being our partner in the rebuilding and development of Zamboaonga City.”

The mayor also outlined her accomplishments during the past two years since she was elected and assumed as mayor of the city. “Today, June 30, 2015, as I mark my second year in office, I continue to lead the people  not only in our battle against our inclusion in the proposed Bangsamoro territory, our quest for sufficient and stable power and water supply but also in the rehabilitation and rebuilding of the City.”

The RDC members compose of representatives from the different regional line agencies, local government units and private sector including special non-voting members. National Economic Development Authority (NEDA)-9 Regional Director Teresita Socorro Ramos presided the meeting.

Agenda during meeting included urgent matters affecting the Zamboanga Peninsula.

The RDC is the highest planning and policy-making body in the region and serves as the NEDA Board counterpart at the sub-national level. It is the primary institution that coordinates and sets the direction of all economic and social development efforts in the region. — Sheila Covarrubias