USAID explores possible project grants in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 17:08

Representatives from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are in Zamboanga City to look into possibilities of giving grants for the various programs being undertaken by the city government of Zamboanga.

Mayor Celso Lobregat together with selected city department heads and other concerned officials met with the USAID team headed by Control Officer Daniel Miller noontime yesterday to present the priority programs implemented by the city concerning health, environment, agriculture, peace and security, social welfare and other sectors.

The 11-man team was personally sent by US Ambassador Harry Thomas in view of his desire to provide concrete projects for Zamboanga City which is one of the key cities in Mindanao that is fully supporting the joint RP-US military exercises.

Ambassador Thomas last Friday, June 24, paid a courtesy visit on Mayor Lobregat in City Hall where they exchanged views on various issues concerning the city and the US governments. That private meeting that lasted for almost 3 hours was personally sought by the envoy and was the first since Amb. Thomas assumed his post April 2010.

During the meeting with the USAID team yesterday, City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos discussed about the relentless programs on anti-HIV-AIDS, anti-TB and maternal health care; City Social Welfare Officer Francisco Barredo tackled the city’s unwavering campaign against human trafficking and street children; City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat talked about the agri-fishery program; City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Rey    Gonzales tackled about the reforestation program as well as the impending take over of the Sta. Cruz Islands by the city government while City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. discussed about peace and security.

Port Manager Leonilo Miole also made a presentation concerning the port security while Civil Aviation Authority Manager Celso Bayabos talked about the airport security details.

Aside from Miller, other USAID representatives present during the meeting were Ray Morton, Karen Smith, Jenna Tajchman, Robert Burch, Gerardo Porta, Aivan Amit, Enrique Gallardo, Consuelo
Anonuevo and US Embassy Political Assistant Precious Fontanares and Capt. Wayne Walker from the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines.

Also present were City Planning and Development Officer Melinda Cabato, General Services Officer Rene De la Cruz and City Housing and Homesite Regulation Officer Rodrigo Pagotaisidro. — Sheila Covarrubias