Climaco declares Zambo’s P581-million security outlay PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 July 2015 12:04

by Vic Larato

Celebrating her second year in office as mayor of Zamboanga City, Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar on Tuesday took pride in the city government’s P581-million and soaring investment for security, a feat never equaled by any administration before her.

“Our investment for security has been unparalleled as we have allocated more than P581-million in various forms of support to the security sector from P113-million in 2013, P200-million in 2014 and P269-million in 2015. This shall still increase in 2016,” Mayor Climaco said as she welcomed the officers, members and guests of the Regional Development Council (RDC) to its 151st meeting last Tuesday at Centro Latino, Paseo del Mar complex, this city.

Soon, she said with confidence, Zamboanga City will have a state-of-the-art emergency response system, similar to if not better than the 911 method of Davao City. Already, the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management (CDRRM) department has been created to form part of the quick response system.

Early that day, Climaco led city and police officials in the groundbreaking ceremony for the soon-to-rise building of the Zamboanga City Police Office worth P30-million at the back of City Hall, which she described as symbol of gratitude to the police and the military for their achievements in protecting the City of Zamboanga and its people.

All these and more that has yet to come for the security sector, the mayor said, speak more of her administration’s continuing priority thrusts—SHE, which stands for security, health and education.

Likewise, Climaco boasted to the RDC the city government’s innovation in the issuance of business licenses and permits with the implementation of the 30-minute One-Stop-Shop Business registration and renewal.

Then, the City Treasurer’s Office has recently forged partnership with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) for automated transactions, allowing people to pay taxes to the city government through debit, prepaid and credit cards. “This is the first in all cities in Mindanao,” the chief executive quipped.

Another flagship project that Climaco vowed her administration is determined to accomplish this year is the Gov. Ramos-Gov. Camins Road.

“We will open more roads as these will ease traffic and create new commercial centers,” she said, calling on the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to speed up the implementation of the city’s east-west bypass road.

Climaco also spelled out other accomplishments the city government has achieved in her two years as mayor.

These include the creation of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Focus Team for the city’s ICT roadmap possible business process outsourcing (BPOs).

Zamboanga being the “City of Charm” in the upcoming ASEAN Expo in China this coming September; Zamboanga being chosen by USAID as one of its pilot areas for Cities Development Initiative (CDI) Project, the agency’s biggest ever technical and infrastructure assistance program in place of the Growth Equity for Mindanao (GEM); Zamboanga is one of two priority LGUs for the programs and projects of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID), and a beneficiary of the UN Habitat technical assistance grant for the development of the Planned City Extension, among others.— Vic Larato