Beng banners plans for ZC’s metropolitan status PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 July 2016 14:04

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Mayor Beng Climaco last Tuesday heralded her plans in preparation for the city’s goal of a metropolitan status making Zamboanga an economic hub of Southwestern Mindanao in the next 10-15 years.

Speaking before the new members of the City Council, the mayor said in preparation for such urban development, the city will have to brace itself in terms of the costs of doing business and in forging greater public and private partnership without sacrificing anyone.

The adopted vision statement of the city states that Zamboanga will soon be a metropolitan area which will be an economic hub of southwestern Mindanao and it has also been recognized in the Mindanao Development Framework that the city will also be at the metropolitan status given the roles it plays in the next 10-15 years, according to the mayor.

The Climaco administration will pursue 7 flagship programs in line with the city’s vision. The cost of doing business will be streamlined with the City Government providing improvements in the business and construction permits and licensing processes, she said.

The mayor said stressed that her administration will provide support to the information, communication and technology roadmap of the city as an emerging next wave city for ICT-BPO (business process outsourcing) and along this line, the city government will strengthen its Geographic Information System (GIS) applications along land uses, real property tax assessment, planning and budget management with the information Support and Systems Plan as the basis of phase implementation.

Other plans include the improvement of real property tax assessment and collection system, completion of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, zoning and comprehensive development plan with further development of alternative growth centers in the eastern and western sections of the city as well as the development of the investment and tourism plans and promotional strategies.

The construction of a climate change resilient Business one Stop Shop (BOSS) center and the Investment Promotions Center is part of the plan.

The city government, Climaco said, will work for the transfer of the Zamboanga International Airport in barangay Mercedes with the creation of a multi-agency task force on the airport transfer to decongest the city central business district.

The mayor’s 5-page speech delivered during the Council’s maiden session Tuesday morning summarized her executive agenda for 2017-2019 as firmed during a strategic planning workshop with city department heads recently. The executive agenda continues to focus on Security, health and education (SHE) with additional attention on water, economic, energy, environment and human security.

She urged the members of the City council to support the executive agenda and help pave the way to turn the plans into reality, as she also called on the two congressional representatives to champion the city’s cause in the halls of congress. — Sheila Covarrubias