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Sunday, 21 April 2013 14:24

Fuerza Zamboanga council aspirants Ed Mingala and Dr. Lito Depositario reiterated last Friday night before a big crowd in Lunzuran the need to improve the social services program of the city to help the poor.

Mingala, President of FELTRANZ, the association of public utility drivers and operators decried the meager funds of the city in helping out the needy in their most pressing needs such as medical and hospitalization assistance, livelihood and financial assistance for education.

Mingala said he represents a sector that needs periodic assistance from government as drivers of PUJs here in the city could barely meet daily needs for food and subsistence, emergencies for medicine purchases much less for hospitalization forcing many to turn to government for assistance.

Going for financial help from elected officials is a struggle as meager funds are allocated by the city government and more often than not runs out early, the FELTRANZ President said.

Depositario on the other hand is dismayed at many youngsters fail to stay in school and finish studies due to poverty and hardships at home.

The retired Ateneo Professor said, it is government’s responsibility that basic services be made available to the poor including education.

Depositario added livelihood programs to empower the poor to earn descent income for the household is not enough and this is where effort must be made to broaden the scope of the assistance program for poor and indigents.

The two Fuerza bets for councilor in the city’s 2nd district adhere to the plan by the group’s leadership of Mayoral bet Erbie A. Fabian , Vice Mayor candidate Atty. Luis Climaco and 2nd District congressional aspirant Councilor Lilia Macrohon Nuno of their collective plan to raise social services budgets for the city if and when FuerzaZamboanga bets make it on May 13.

The duo also thanked Brangay Lunzuran residents for the rousing reception they got in their house to house sorties earlier in the day and for the large crowd present during the evening’s rally.

“We take inspiration from you when we get this kind of reception in the places we go to, the duo said at the rally site,” said Depositario. — Fuerza Zamboanga Media Bureau