Beng’s 4 requests to Duterte PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 May 2016 13:29

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

 

If given the chance to have an audience with President in-waiting Rodrigo Duterte, Mayor Beng Climaco will put forward four requests which she believes will fuel Zamboanga City’s vision to build back better.

Foremost, Mayor Climaco said she will appeal to the new administration the exclusion of Zamboanga City in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law that seeks to create the Bangsamoro territory. Second, the city’s standing request to acquire the Cabatangan property; third the return of the regional center to Zamboanga City and fourth, the request to prioritize the construction of a new international airport in barangay Mercedes based on the Planned Cities Extension project.

The re-elected Climaco said she would seek Duterte’s intervention on these four crucial issues saying these are very vital and will help propel the city to progress and development in line with the aim to build back a better Zamboanga after the 2013 siege.

“The people of Zamboanga have spoken and their overwhelming choice is Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and as chief executive of the city, I would like to say congratulations to Mayor Duterte and we pray for his success,” Climaco said in an interview recently.

She believes that the presumptive president, given his background in local governance as mayor of Davao City for 21 years will be very effective in his stint as the country’s 16th president. “He has the pulse of a chief executive, he knows the problem on the ground and so he can effectively guide us and respond to our concerns.”

Mayor Climaco said will await for new policies and guidance as soon as the new administration assumes office noontime of June 30. One issue she is focusing on, she said is the peace process with former peace adviser Jesus Dureza poised to be the new chief of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP). “OPAPP has failed us in terms of the siege and so we await for policies on how LGUs must deal with MILF and MNLF as well as the utilization of budgets for personnel services, MOOE and infrastructure.”  — Sheila Covarrubias