Beng reports P2B infra projects in just 2 terms PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:26

House Deputy Speaker and District I Representative Beng Climaco-Salazar Monday outlined her accomplishments covering security, health and education sectors highlighted by the more than P2 billion worth of infrastructure projects implemented during her 6-year stint in Congress.

“Perform and Deliver! These two were the primary goals I had for the people of Zamboanga as Representative in Congress. In 2007 we began the work for the Baby District of Zamboanga. I asked myself what can I do for my district? How can I perform in Congress as a neophyte legislator? Studies, hardwork, consultation and prayer guided me to chart the roadmap for District I,” Climaco declared in her State of the District Report delivered before the City Council Monday.

The infrastructure and development projects in District I which cover over P2 billion, she said, have always been in consultation with the barangay officials and constituents.

For 2012 alone, regular infrastructure projects brought to the district amounted to more than P400 million. A total of P37 million from the Priority Development Assistance Fund had been allocated for each of the barangays and their identified projects.

The DPWH has also implemented P190million worth of bridges, P30million for flood control and sea wall projects and P140 million worth of various infrastructures including local projects with a total of P1.3 billion.

Under the Aquino presidency, Climaco said, the by-pass road project will definitely be implemented and from 2012-2013, the amount of P450 million has been allocated for District I alone in this flagship project that will lead to the opening of a 34 kilometer circumferential road from Patalon in the west and Culianan in the east coast.

Furthermore, she reported, for 2012-2013, some P45 million has been allocated by the Department of Agriculture and P25 million by the Department of Agrarian Reform for farm to market roads and P25 million from the Department of Transportation and Communications for the rehabilitation of roads leading to the port. Some P10 million is also allocated for projects under the National Irrigation Administration for various irrigation works under District 1.

In the aspect of security, Climaco bannered the implementation of the Barangay Emergency Network Group program which is a collaborative effort with the Task Force Zamboanga, National Telecommunications Commission, Office of the Civil Defense, Philippine National Police and the Red Cross.

The program covers lectures and trainings of barangays and the installation of a communication base that shall make communication more audible. State of the art digital radio units have been provided to the barangays for monitoring and reporting in coordination with the military and police.

Climaco has also made representations with the Defense officials regarding POL products as part of the support to the police and military.

The L-300 vehicles, which Climaco’s office has provided to each of the 37 barangays are also continually helping in responding to emergency cocnrns of the barangays.

In the aspect of health, Climaco has poured P10 million with a total of 7,583 beneficiaries for medical assistance at the Zamboanga City Medical Center for 2012. For 2013, P8 million has been allocated for the same program.

“From the time we started in 2007 up to today, our medical assistance in Zambonaga and Manila has increased from P1 million in 2007 and today we have already allocated P30 million of medical assistance with P20 million for cancer center and emergency ward upgrade in the Zamboanga City Medical Cetner for two terms only”, the lady solon reported.

Climaco also lobbied for the procurement of Cobalt 60, an equipment needed by cancer patients costing P16 million from the European Union Funds in the Department of Health.

For 2013, Climaco is facilitating the modernization of the ZCMC starting with health facilities enhancement program of P150 million for the new outpatient department building and administrative offices.

In terms of Philhealth, P9 million has been allocated with 5,000 beneficiaries who will enjoy the coverage until Dec. 2013. Since 2007, Climaco’s Philhealth program totals P17.5 million.

For the education sector, the District I congressional office has also realized the construction of various projects to include covered courts at the  WMSU, Talisayan and Pasonanca Elementary School.

“For 2013, expect a release of projects that would supplement the teaching of our students. As far as scholarship is concerned we put in P3 million in CHED for a total of 600 scholars. From my first term to the present we have expanded our scholarship to include private schools like the Ateneo and have graduated honor students and today professionals in the field of nursing, engineering and others”, she said.

Climaco’s office also partnered with DEPED on various other projects as well as with the TESDA for the delivery of skills training.

At least 658 students have graduated from TESDA school trainings and since 2008 until 2011, a total of P3.4 million has been allocated.

“In 2012, we began the community-based training in the different barangays in the city. This is to reach out to more groups and organizations that partnered with us in giving livelihood projects to empower their families”, she stressed.

P2 million were allocated in 2012 benefitting 6,603 trainees and for 2013, P1 million will be added to continue teaching voc-tech and skills courses.

Climaco likewise reported the filing of 42 house bills and resolutions. She also co-authored 203 house measures of national and local significance, most significant of which are the creation of additional branches of RTC in Zamboanga City, Revised AFO Modernization Program and Sin Tax law. 

Climaco authored the Magna Carta of Women. — Marvin Segura