Celso on SONA: There is hope for Zambo under P-Noy’s admin PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 15:33

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday minced no words in saying that there is hope for Zamboanga City under President Benigno Aquino III’s administration even as he expects to see more good projects done in the city within P-Noy’s term.

Lobregat issued the statement shortly before President Aquino delivered his State of the Nation Address (SONA) before the joint session of Congress yesterday afternoon that ushered his administration to its second year.

By saying there is hope; Lobregat was referring to the controversial transfer of regional offices from Zamboanga to Pagadian City, which can be traced back to the administration of his mother, the late President Cory Aquino.

“We are fortunate that within P-Noy’s first year in office, one thing that he has done for us was the issuance of moratorium on the regional transfer, which prevented the remaining regional offices from moving out,” the mayor said.

“With the moratorium,” he said, “Zamboanga City can now hope, because during the previous administration it was hopeless in the sense that at that point in time most of the regional offices had already transferred to Pagadian. It was some sort of a done deal. At least, during the first year of Pres. Aquino there is hope.”
Lobregat, however, declined to rate P-Noy’s first year in office, stressing that he, too, as local chief executive has gone through first, second and now on his third term and normally the first year in office is merely setting of the direction and establishing the foundation.

In the case of the present administration, which started barely a year ago, Lobregat said Pres. Aquino was operating on a budget that was prepared and approved by his predecessor, then Pres. Gloria Arroyo.

He believed that P-Noy’s first year in office was setting the foundation of his administration, truly reflective of his campaign commitment “Kung Walang Corrupt, Walang Mahirap.”

“I think it is the thrust of this government to fight corruption that is why you have now so many investigations and revelations against the past administration, which also strengthens the divide between the present and past administrations,” the mayor said.

Asked what else he would like to see done for Zamboanga, Lobregat was hopeful on the return of the regional center, construction of a bypass road from east to west coasts, initial activities on the airport transfer, widening of the Baliwasan Seaside road and continuing expansion of R.T. Lim Boulevard, among others. — Vic Larato