Beng spearheads caravan in brgys PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 February 2011 14:16

House Deputy Speaker for Mindanao Rep. Beng Climaco recently kicked off her security, health and education (SHE) initiatives for 2011 with outreach missions or caravan in four  barangays.

San Jose Cawa-Cawa, Sto. Niño, Sta. Maria and Pasonanca were the initial barangays that benefited from the outreach package that included dental and medical mission, training on commercial cooking and consultation for projects held January 28-28.

Climaco of District I personally led in the caravan, which barangay folks find laudable and commendable. She consulted with barangay officials for projects they want to be implemented in their areas and for inclusion in the priority list this year.

The project is being undertaken in coordination with the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) which took charge of the training on commercial cooking for mothers and other interested folks; the barangay officials and nursing students from the Ateneo de Zamboanga, Western Mindanao State University and Pilar College.

For the two-day activity, over 400 families benefited from both the dental and medical mission and TESDA training.

Climaco said the caravan will run until March and will cover all the 37 barangays in District I.
“This forms part of our continuing security, health and education initiatives”, the congresswoman said. “We envision to continue to empower our partners in the barangays through our various programs”.

Climaco has vowed to intensify in 2011, programs on security, health and education which she started giving priority since her first term in Congress in 2007.

Dubbed as the “SHE” program—security, health and education are undertakings that respond to the priority needs of the community, which is why the need to give it more focus, she stressed.
In terms of security, Climaco’s program is to intensify emergency response through cell phone communications and L-300 vehicle mobilization.

In her first term, she distributed L-300 vans to all the 37 barangays in her district in line with her barangay emergency enhancement network group (B.E. E.N.G.) launched last year and intended to help address the security and disaster preparedness concerns at the barangay level.   Just last December, she also distributed a cell phone unit each to all the 37 barangays in District 1 to ensure communication accessibility.

In terms of health, Climaco hopes to strengthen the Phase II project of the emergency ward as well as pursue the construction of the cancer center at the Zamboanga City Medical Center. In her first term, she  allocated a sizeable amount of funds out of her priority development fund for the renovation of the ZCMC emergency ward and undertook other health programs such as the rehabilitation and upgrading of the Labuan hospital, continuous health insurance program and other assistance for indigent patients.

In terms of education, the lady solon seeks to strengthen and intensify scholarship programs for the 4-year degree and the vocational education. She also hopes to give more focus on community based training as well as help in early childhood education.

Climaco has committed to construct a multi-purpose covered court for the Western Mindanao State University to serve the elementary and collegiate levels.

She emphasized that her congressional office will do everything possible to supplement and augment the services provided by the local government unit under Mayor Celso Lobregat. — Rham Joseph Cabasag