Beng thanks UNICEF for contribution to ZC kids PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 November 2015 13:08

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

Mayor Beng Climaco expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) team in Zamboanga City for their contribution and efforts to uplift the lives and protect the rights of the children of Zamboanga.

In the ceremonial closure of UNICEF’s Field Office, Climaco thanked UNICEF, represented by its Country Representative Lotta Sylwander and Chief of its Cotabato Field Office Rebecca Pankhurst, not only for inspiring her passion to fight for children’s rights but also for the numerous initiatives it spearheaded for the children of Zamboanga.

The ceremonial closure marked the official end of the UNICEF’s humanitarian response in the City which, in its more than two years stint in the City, saw the implementation of programs on nutrition, child protection, water and sanitation, and leadership, adolescent and reproductive health, in partnership with the City Government of Zamboanga and civil society groups.

“Because of UNICEF, I realized the need in helping our children,” Climaco said, emphasizing education for the youth as an investment of the City and her priority as City Mayor.

In recognition of their contributions, Climaco presented to Sylwander and the entire UNICEF team a plaque of appreciation and a vinta sail to cap the closing ceremonies.

For her part, Country Representative Lotta Sylwander assured Climaco that UNICEF will continue its support to Zamboanga.

“You have not seen the last of us yet,” Sylwander assured Climaco, the representatives of different agencies, and the schoolchildren from Masepla who joined the ceremonies, as UNICEF will continue to support children programming in the city.

She also enjoined Climaco and the local government to safeguard and pursue the right of Zamboangueño children to a name and a nationality by intensifying civil registration efforts.

The ceremonial closure was graced by members of the UNICEF team and other humanitarian agencies, heads of City offices including City Social Welfare and Development Officer Sokee Rojas and City Health Officer Rodelin Agbulos, barangay officials, and the children of the Masepla Theatre Guild. — Jasmine Mohammadsali