Beng takes pride in local RIC’s feat at nat’l confab PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 November 2015 14:09

By VIC LARATO

Mayor Beng Climaco took pride in the significant achievements of the local Rural Improvement Clubs (RICs) during the 81st National Convention of RIC last Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the Garden Orchid Hotel, this city.

In her words of welcome to the RIC delegates from the different parts of the country and read by City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat, Mayor Climaco was proud to say that the RICs in Zamboanga City have been making waves in all their endeavors towards uplifting the living condition of the rural women that enabled them to gain self-confidence and skills essential to self-reliance, and the experience of managing simple yet their livelihood operations.

Foremost of these achievements, the chief executive said the Zamboanga RIC has been a consistent winner in the meat, fish and food processing competitions held at the regional and national levels.

She attributed this success to the assistance of the city government’s agriculture office by providing the RIC women with livelihood trainings on income generating projects for food and fish processing, and handicraft making.

The local RICs have also gotten support for backyard gardening, making them the frontliners in the implementation of the “Bahay Kubo” project, a backyard gardening initiative that propagates vegetables named in the “Bahay Kubo” song.

Other supports extended to the RICs include livestock dispersal program like swine and chicken, self employment assistance (SEA) financial grant with no collateral and interest free through the City Social Welfare and Development Office,  accreditation as member of the Local Development Council and eventual participation in Buttom-up Budgeting (BuB) system.

Climaco likewise said the city government has an annual allocation of P100,000 for participation in local, regional and national RIC activities.

She further said the RIC members here have also become advocates of government’s health, food and nutrition programs through various activities and competitions from the barangays to the district, regional and national levels.

Early on, Climaco expressed her deepest appreciation to Cong. Lilia Nuño, being the national RIC president, for her efforts in making the convention possible and for choosing Zamboanga City as venue of such a national event.

She highly commended also the Rural Improvement Clubs all over the country for living up to the vision by which the RIC was established—uplifting the living standard of its members and making them effective and production partners of government in community development.

The RIC National Convention was keynoted by Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo.— Vic Larato