Beng urges City Council support on exec agenda PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 11:55

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Mayor Beng Climaco on Tuesday outlined her executive agenda during the maiden session of the City Council stressing that its realization will make the City “reach its maximum growth potential and secure a brighter future for the next generations to come”.

“Zamboanga City needs to be in the radar of national and international community. The unity of the Sangguniang Panlungsod together with the Executive branch will pave the way to turn this into a reality as we also count on our two representatives to champion the cause of Zamboanga City in the halls of Congress,” Climaco, who served as a City  Councilor for two terms and as Vice Mayor for one term told new set of councilors for 2016-2019.

Her executive agenda, she aid continues to focus Security, Health and Education (SHE) with additional attention on water, economic, energy, environment and human security.

As she did in her first three years in office, Climaco said her administration will continue to support the security forces in pursuit of a safe and secure city and in support of  President Duterte’s thrust to stop illegal drugs, crime, kidnapping and other forms of lawlessness.

Priorities in security include reactivation of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council to help implement strategic policies on drug prevention and control, accelerate the drive against illegal drugs and promote participation of local institutions in the suppression of drug trafficking and abuse.

She emphasized that the PNP’s Oplan Tokhang Double Barrel will be supplemented by Oplan Cambio Vida, an initiative that seeks rehabilitation and transformation of drug users with key support from PDEA, PNP, LGU, other government agencies and professional practitioners down to the barangay level.

In addition to this, there will be a new Central Police Office building with a police force that is fully equipped with modernized patrol vehicles and visibility, transfer of the fire department with firefighters equipped with modern firefighting equipment and mobility support and transfer and construction of the City Reformatory Center to a safer and more secure area. Technical assistance suppot on the conduct of transport and traffic management systems will also be sought intended to identify transport terminal hubs, decongest the central business district through the opening of roads and widening of strategic roads.

The mayor called on the police force to be aggressive in maintaining peace and order by not giving lawless elements the chance to commit criminal activities in the city. “We will make sure that out police precincts from Labuan to Vitali are well equipped and be able to increase police visibility 24/7,” she declared saying that it will be further complemented with the establishment of the incident command system in all the 98 barangays where personnel are trained to do intelligence gathering, monitoring, and communication and can respond efficiently to emergencies and disasters.

In the aspect of health, the present administration will focus on activities related to the improvement of the City Leadership and Governance Program (CLGP) roadmap including the upgrading of major health centers to infirmary status in strategic areas like Ayala, Vitali and Sangali.

The city’s support to education, Climaco said, likewise remains a priority to ensure a better future for the young generation. Priority attention will be focused on education, culture and sports consistent with the K012 national program, as the DEPED takes the lead in the elementary and secondary education.

“Equipping our teachers through faculty development, provision of vocational-technical skills training and entrepreneurship by upgrading our voc-tech schools in the east and west in coordination with CHED through the district representatives are concerns that we will push through,” she added.

Meanwhile, to sustain livelihood and human wellbeing, the city will also push for capacity building of the residents to safeguard sustainable access to adequate quantities of acceptable quality water including protection of people against water-borne pollution and water-related disasters.

The city will also undertake policy advocacy and implementation support on climate change adaptation particularly on water resources management to mitigate risks on climate changes. Adoption of renewable energy will also be pursued through the use of solar powered systems in barangay halls, lampposts in strategic locations and use of LED lights for streetlights and the new construction of city buildings such as Central Police Office, the BOSS Center and the Investment Promotion Center will consider climate change resilient structure.

The mayor likewise cited her plans to ensure support to sustainable development inclusive of disaster risk reduction and climate change. The outcome of such interventions will result to cleaner and more livable city.

Flagship programs to realize urban development were also laid down by the mayor, adding that the city will need to prepare itself in terms of the costs of doing business and in forging greater public and private partnership without sacrificing anyone.

“All these plans and priorities are already laid down on the table. I urge you to support this Executive Agenda and let us help make the city reach its maximum growth potential and secure a brighter future for the next generations to come,” she added.

The maiden session was marked by messages not only from the mayor but the vice mayor, the two congressional representatives and the 16 members of the City Council as well. The event was attended by other city officials, national government agency heads as well as private sector representatives and police and military authorities. - Sheila Covarrubias