Beng stresses inclusive urban community for all PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 July 2016 11:59

By Marvin Segura

At the recently concluded 2016 International Conference on Urban Development: Accelerating Resilience and Inclusive Growth, organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Mayor Beng Climaco shared the Zamboanga City experience in promoting social inclusion in urban environments during the panel discussion held at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Pasay City.
“We are mainstreaming youth and people’s participation in government’s planning, budgeting and implementation of projects and programs. In the process, we ensure that the voice of the people of Zamboanga is included in the agenda of government,” Mayor Climaco added.
In the jam-packed venue, Climaco further shared about the creation of Zamboanga City Interfaith Council through the Sangguniang Panlungsod which strengthened the City Government’s commitment for mutual understanding amongst the diverse people of Zamboanga City. The city mayor has acknowledged the need to ensure that every citizen has a stake in government.
“Stakeholder empowerment is important and beneficial to us because we get more realistic and relevant results. Citizen participation does not end in discussion of issues alone but should extend in policy implementation even in community engagement. Every citizen has a role to play in the process of building communities and above all, strengthening families,” the lady executive further emphasized.
The world conference was the country’s biggest international conference on urban development geared towards addressing the urbanization challenges of emerging secondary cities. USAID through its Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project organized the conference in partnership with World Bank, UN-Habitat, the National Competitiveness Council and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
In 2014, Zamboanga City was selected by USAID as one of the recipients for the Cities Development Initiative (CDI) program that seeks to develop cities as engines of growth that is inclusive and environmentally sustainable and resilient. — Marvin segura