US Ambassador visits Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 March 2017 14:08

by LIZA JOCSON

US Ambassador Sung Kim arrived in Zamboanga city and met with Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco at City Hall Thursday morning.

The meeting was held behind closed doors as police and military personnel patrolled the grounds inside and outside the premises of City Hall.

This is the first visit of Kim to Zamboanga after he was appointed in the year 2016.  It was also reportedly one of the first out of town trips of the US Ambassador.

During the meeting, Mayor Climaco asked the Ambassador to extend the US government’s assistance in realizing the PNP Maritime Command Headquarters, a facility being constructed in barangay Bolong.

The US government has vowed USD1-million in funding for the construction of the maritime facility.

The project however encountered a delay in the implementation due to documentary problems involving the private donor of the property and the Philippine National Police.

Climaco asked the Ambassador for an extension of the donation which is scheduled to expire within the year.

Meanwhile, the Ambassador also vowed continued support to the city for various projects implemented through the USAID.

Zamboanga city is one of the recipients under the Cities Development Initiative (CDI) of the US government.

Kim proceeded to the Western Mindanao Command after his brief visit to City Hall reportedly to meet with US troops.

Climaco declined to comment on the security aspect of the visit. (Liza Jocson)