Youth, indigents benefit from Beng’s b-day fete PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 September 2012 14:28

Instead of throwing out a party for her birthday last Friday, September 7, House Deputy Speaker and District I Representative Beng Climaco spent her special day with a series of activities that involved young professionals, child inmates at the Reformatory Center and the indigents and barangay folks in Canelar.

The series of activities kicked off with a job fair that coincided with the TESDA Fiesta at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University campus where over a thousand young professionals and fresh college graduates trooped to avail of the 4,000 vacancies offered for local and international placements.

Some 32 recruitment agencies participated in the job fair that was sponsored by the lady solon in partnership with the Technical Educational and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) under the City Social Welfare and Development Office.

“We have to give them (the youth) something that is vibrant,” the congresswoman said stressing that the job fair seeks to give hope to the young professionals. “Necesita kita dale con el maga jovenes el oportunidad”.

From the job fair, Cong. Climaco proceeded to the City Reformatory Center for her annual outreach program where she distributed gifts and foodstuff to some 50 child inmates.

The outreach activity at the City Reformatory Center has become Climaco’s tradition during her birthday that started even before she entered politics in 1998.

“This is in line with our advocacy on women empowerment and juvenile justice”, the congresswoman said after listening to the messages of the children in conflict with the law. “We do everything possible to share the little that we have to our less fortunate brethren”.

From the Reformatory Center, Climaco motored to barangay Canelar where she distributed health insurance cards in coordination with PHILHEALTH Insurance Corporation.

Almost a hundred people to include indigents and barangay folks received PHILHEALTH identification cards assuring them of health benefits during emergency situations affecting them and members of their families.

When asked what is her birthday wish, the lady solon quickly said: “My wish is to be able to have the capacity, the authority and the credibility to serve our people”.

She vowed anew to exert more efforts to be able to implement more projects and programs that will help alleviate the plight of the constituents of Zamboanga. — Marvin Segura