Beng looks forward to new ZC airport, more initiatives in 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 January 2012 13:25

House Deputy Speaker and District 1 Rep. Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco-Salazar in her State of the District Report during the maiden session of the City Council yesterday declared that 2012 is a promising year as she embarks on new initiatives for the 37 barangays under her district and Zamboanga City as a whole.

One of the new initiatives that she looks forward to realizing this year, she said, is the proposed new Zamboanga International Airport. “The Department of Transportation and Communication is presently working to package it for a prospective Public-Private Partnership Project which will eventually be bidded out to interested private investors,” Climaco said. “This amongst others shall be part of the work that needs to be done,” she added.

Climaco also vowed to implement in District I all other lined-up projects costing P600 million that will cover national and regular funding for infrastructure projects. “In two terms, we have completed and we are set to implement P1.4 billion in infrastructure projects alone. Este todo para con el vivientes del Distrito Uno y del ciudad de Zamboanga. Este el fruta del todo impuestos que ustedes ta paga,” she said.

“We began with baby steps in the first year of our report and we continue our toddler strides for more contributions to our compoblanos. Con todo con ustedes specialmente el SOLIDO 37 barangay que iyo ta sirvi con dedication junto con mi staff ta reza kame  que guia canamon el Dios para  el dedicacion y deseo servi con todo. Ustedes di amon numero uno prioridad na Distrito Uno,” the solon concluded in her 11-page district report.

Highlighting Climaco’s accomplishments in 2011 was her program acronymed SHE for Security, Health and Education on which delivering projects to her constituents and performing legislative work in congress were anchored.

“We began the year with our BC Caravan, which brought our team to all the 37 barangays in the district. This carried out the components of primarily consulting our barangay leaders on their own plans for the barangay, finding out what they need and how we can be of help to them,” she said, adding that a medical and dental team was also present to serve the health needs of the people, and cases of upper respiratory tract infection were prevalent among the adults and children.

Initial Security training was also undertaken for barangay officials and tanod in Baluno and Maasin.  “We are set to fully implement the outcome of our consultations this year to strengthen the communication system and security in the barangays to supplement our present mechanism that enables barangays to communicate with our Office 24/7, and allowing the 37 barangays to stay connected especially in times of emergency and disasters.”

For the health sector, Climaco said that in her my first term, funding was provided to upgrade the Emergency Ward at the Zamboanga City Medical Center.  This year, she added, the 2nd phase will be completed, which is a new two-storey wing that will provide better medical attention to patients during emergency situations in the hospital.

She also worked for the acquisition of a Cobalt 60 Radiation equipment amounting to P16 million which has been approved by the Department of Health even as she assured the inclusion of ZCMC in the DOH’s new initiative of Public-Private Partnership Program.

“The inclusion of the ZCMC in the Department’s PPP will pave the way for the upgrade of some facilities in the hospital.  Though these services will be offered at a cost, government will help subsidize indigent patients who need to avail of it,” she said, adding that she has successfully designated a milk bank by the UNICEF to help in the nutritional needs of new born babies and will serve as storage of milk from mothers. 

“This brings us closer to achieving two of the eight Millennium Development Goals of the UN in 2015, which is to reduce child mortality and to improve maternal health,” she said, and that Vanessa Tobin, Country Representative of UNICEF in the Philippines, has made sure that the city would benefit from it. “Out of the four cities, namely; Iloilo, Davao, Cebu and Zamboanga, which bidded for it, our city was granted this facility.”

Climaco likewise reported a breakthrough in her scholarship program in partnership with the Commission on Higher Education, benefitting a total of 435 district 1 scholars, 20 of them are in Ateneo de Zamboanga, and the rest in state universities and colleges in the city, excluding the 35 other scholars from funds of the National Commission on Indigenous People.

In addition, Climaco also continued her school and community-based vocational programs with TESDA, having awarded 422 grants to mothers and the youth under her district in partnership with the barangays and non-government organizations. — Marvin Segura