Mariki, Rio Hondo folks grateful to Celso for P12 million projects PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 December 2011 16:52

Residents of barangays Mariki and Rio Hondo yesterday expressed appreciation to Mayor Celso Lobregat and the city government of Zamboanga, as they gratefully accepted over P12 million worth of projects intended to improve their lot and ultimately bring about development and progress in the said villages.

Speaking on behalf of her constituents during the turnover of a 6 classroom school building and a footbridge linking Rio Hondo to her barangay, Mariki chairperson Hadja Parma Hasim, said Mayor Lobregat is a true statesman, who fulfils his commitment to the people no matter what race, religion or culture the beneficiaries belong.

“Ito po ay pruweba na walang pinipilian si Mayor (Lobregat). Hindi po siya anti-Muslim gaya ng sinasabi ng iba dahil dito sa Mariki, maski Muslim ang mga nakatira dito ay maraming proyekto ang kanyang ipinagawa dito (This is proof that Mayor Lobregat is not anti-Muslim as what some people say. Mariki is a Muslim-dominated barangay but millions worth of projects have been implemented and are being implemented here)”, Hasim said.

She affirmed that the projects turned over—the P3.31 million building with 6 classrooms at the Mariki Elementary School including the construction/ rehabilitation/ improvement of the Rio Hondo-Mariki footbridge worth P4.94 million will truly redound to the benefit of the school children and the entire Mariki community.

Despite a Sunday, Mayor Lobregat together with Councilors Rudy Lim, Myra Paz Abubakar and Nonong Guingona yesterday morning motored to Mariki and Rio Hondo to turn over the projects and assure the people in the two coastal areas that the city government is concerned of their plight and is doing its best for their well-being.

Joining in the turn over ceremony held at the Mariki Elementary School open statge were OIC City Schools Supt. Pedro Natividad, District Supervisor Fely Ascabano, Mariki Elementary School Principal Ahmad Kadir, City Engineer Luis Despalo, City Hall Executive Assistant Amilpasa Bandaying, barangay chair Hasim and her kagawads and Barangay chairmen Rusdie Mukaram of Rio Hondo, Tomas Araneta of Zone I and Belman Malandi of  Sta. Catalina.

From Mariki, Lobregat and party proceeded to the adjacent Rio Hondo for the turnover of the P2.54 million barangay hall, P1.32 million Police compact and construction/ rehabilitation/ improvement of footbridge from Rio Hondo-Mariki worth P4.94 million.

City Police Director Sr. Supt. Edwin de Ocampo and Task Force Zamboanga Chief Col. Buenaventura Pascual joined in the unveiling ceremony, as they accepted the police action center which will jointly be manned by police and Task Force personnel.

Mukaram likewise praised Lobregat, the supportive City Council and the entire city government for looking after the welfare of the residents not only in the  mainland barangays but the coastal and island barangays as well.

He affirmed that the Lobregat administration is taking care of all its constituents—be they Muslims or Christians. “Ang mga proyektong iniimplement dito sa Rio Hondo ay sapat na katibayan na pantay-pantay tayong lahat sa paningin ni Mayor Lobregat at City Government of Zamboanga”.

Since 2007, Mariki has received various projects amounting to P12 million while Rio  Hondo is a recipient of P23.278 million total worth of  infrastructure projects. More projects are underway in the two barangays. — Sheila Covarrubias