On regional transfer moratorium: Beng hopes for objective study Print
Thursday, 20 January 2011 14:30

House Deputy Speaker for Mindanao Beng Climaco-Salazar is hopeful that the ongoing study on the regional transfer will be objective so as to give the Aquino administration the appropriate data for a rightful decision on the issue.

Congresswoman Climaco of the city’s first district was referring to a study being conducted by the Presidential Management Staff, the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Department of Budget and Management pursuant to Memorandum Circular 11 dated Dec. 22, 2010 by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jt. on authority of President Aquino.
The memorandum directs the three agencies to submit a comprehensive report of their findings together with their recommendations to President Aquino within 30 working days after the issuance of the circular.

“I am for an objective study and I hope this administration will give chance for a very objective evaluation (of the issue) notwithstanding political interests,” Climaco said adding that the authorities should  look at the situation from the point of view and perspective of which is the best area to be the center of the offices and government service. 

The lady solon thanked the regional directors of the different agencies who responded to a call for dialogue in City Hall last week during which they discussed the provisions of Memorandum Circular 11 calling for the moratorium on the regional transfer and the directive for each agency to submit a position paper concerning the matter.

She urged the technical working group headed by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) to make the study more concrete and relevant to the present situation, particularly the economic aspects of the regional center in Pagadian City or Zamboanga City.

“Some regional directors have already submitted their reports,” Climaco said even as she urged them to be more responsive to the reality.

“Donde ba gayot sila quiere el regional center in Pagadian or Zamboanga?” she asked.
Mayor Celso Lobregat and Climaco conferred last Friday with the regional executive directors and discussed with them the issues and concerns pertaining to a memorandum circular directing a moratorium on the transfer of regional offices from Zamboanga to Pagadian, pending study and consultations.

The PMS in a letter to Mayor Lobregat dated January 4 (but received only January 13) has asked the city government to answer three questions with the end in view of helping the said agency in its study as mandated in Memorandum Circular 11.

The questions include one, where should the regional government center of Region IX be located? And two, what are your main considerations for choosing this location? Please elaborate on each (economic and social factors, accessibility, adequacy of facilities and quality of service). The city’s response to the questions is expected to be submitted to the PMS today, January 20, on or before 10 am.

Climaco thanked the regional directors for positively responding to the invitation to the meeting saying that it clarified numerous issues following the issuance of the moratorium and the conduct of the study.

She said the moratorium will ensure that the regional directors will have the opportunity to come up with a concrete justification as to why the regional center should be retained in Zamboanga vis a vis th e present situation.

Climaco and Lobregat have been working closely with regards to the move to retain the regional center in Zamboanga City. — Rham Joseph Cabasag