For more effective governance: Beng urges citizen participation PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 May 2016 12:10

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

 

Mayor Beng Climaco expressed her desire for constituency-responsive governance as the City moves forward with its plans and goals to encourage growth and development in the City.

Speaking to the Ateneo de Zamboanga University community during its 2016 strategic planning conference Wednesday morning, May 11, Climaco emphasized her administration’s focus on engaging communities and residents in matters of governance.

“We want collective and collaborative processes, very important el citizen participation,” said Climaco.

Climaco said security, health, and education will remain her core priorities but this time, particular emphasis will be directed in labor and employment security for Zamboangueños.

Also to be tackled in Climaco’s second term as chief executive are new challenges on a more comprehensive and responsive social services, strengthening security capacities for peace and order, disaster preparedness and response, and inclusive and quality education.

The mayor also advocated for stakeholder empowerment in critiquing local government but insisted that criticisms, comments, and suggestions must be realistic, constructive, and in touch with the realities of life in Zamboanga City.

“What moves us is our tremendous love for Zamboanga City,” Climaco said. “Politically, we have to set aside our differences,” she added.

She also noted the critical contribution of the education sector in engaging the local government and empowering communities, and cited the need for critical collaboration between the two for better and transparent governance. — Jasmine Mohammadsali