Violy, Dats assure true representation in SP PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 April 2013 10:25

Two newcomers in the Team PNoy’s District 1 council slate have vowed true, meaningful and sensible representation of their individual sectors in the City Council should they be given the mandate come May 13, 2013.

Violeta “Violy” Alejandro representing the women and urban poor sectors and Datu Ahmad Narzad “Dats” Sampang representing the Muslim sector said they will be the voice and will work for the interest of the specific groups they represent.

Alejandro said she has lined up programs and projects to further promote the wellbeing of marginalized women and help further improve the plight of her fellow urban poor members.

She stressed that the City Government under Mayor Celso Lobregat’s leadership and the District 1 congressional office under Cong. Beng Climaco-Salazar have complemented each other’s programs for the benefit of the women and urban poor sectors during their terms in office. These include housing and resettlement programs, livelihood trainings, advocacies on cleanliness and gender and development (GAD) programs and trainings.

Alejandro, who is the president of the Urban Poor Federation in Zamboanga, vowed to support ongoing programs and undertake initiatives that will further promote the welfare the urban poor and help promote and protect women’s rights and ultimately help them contribute to development of the city in general.

Sampang, incumbent chairman of barangay Campo Islam is a testimony of Team PNoy’s thrust to promote Muslim-Christian relationship in Zamboanga being a city of diverse cultures and beliefs.

“Yo ta presenta mio servicio sincero, un candidado Muslim que simbolo del unidad y harmonia del Ciudad de Zamboanga”, Sampang declares in his campaign speeches, as he repeatedly swears to initiate measures that will help boost multi-ethnic relationship in the city if and when elected into office in May 13.

Sampang grabbed the headlines in 2008 when he sponsored the Liga ng mga Barangay resolution strongly opposing the inclusion of Zamboanga City in the then Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain dubbed as Bangsamoro Juridical Entity (MOA-AD-BJE) which was later declared as unconstitutional and not within the bounds of law by the Supreme Court.

Sampang’s move was considered a courageous act being a Muslim who stood up in the Liga ng mga Barangay association objecting the inclusion of the city in the agreement crafted by the then national government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).  The resolution formed part of the documents submitted by the City Government during arguments in the Supreme Court.

While the humble Campo Islam barangay chairman stressed that the local government has exerted efforts to improve Mulsim-Christian relations by implementing projects and programs in areas regardless of ethnicity or religious beliefs, such endeavours should be further pursued and enhanced in line with Team PNoy’s advocacy for unity and continuity.

Both Alejandro and Mampang are choices of Team PNoy mayoralty aspirant Beng Climaco, who expressed confidence that the two will be vital in the pursuit of her priorities on security, health and  education for all sectors in the city. — Rey Carbonel