Beng envisions Zambo to be disaster-ready city PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 11:01

Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar yesterday took pride in the recent approval of the Zamboanga City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan (ZCDRRMP) as her administration envisions Zamboanga to be a disaster-ready city that is able to effectively address natural calamities and man-made disasters and secure the lives of its people.

Speaking at the opening of the three-day Disaster Risk Reduction Management Summit for Local Chief Executives of Region 9 at Garden Orchid Hotel yesterday morning, Mayor Climaco said the city government under her leadership hopes to provide an agenda of constituency-responsive governance that can take action on the needs of the people particularly in the aspects of Security, Health and Education (SHE) as key performance areas.

“We need to recognize that human security and a safe environment are paramount and intertwined with basic human right, socio-economic growth and our yearning for peace and progress,” Climaco told the summit participants, mostly municipal mayors from the Zamboanga Peninsula.

According to her, adopting the ZCDRRMP is a preemptive and calibrated response to the challenges besetting the environment, the society and the people in the midst of climate change and human-induced calamities.

She said the ZCDRRMP provides a framework that is integral for policy direction and a strategic context for projects, programs and actions on social protection, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation to safeguard the people, especially the vulnerable sectors and communities across the city.

She further said the plan demands a shared vision and a collective sense of mission among responding agencies and other stakeholders to do risk assessments, facilitate contingency planning activities and consolidate concrete and tangible efforts on mitigation, prevention and preparedness, including response, relief and recovery services on disasters.

“We need to work together for a more sustained resilience and effective leadership in the disaster risk reduction management tailored-fit to the complexities and demands of incidences and ultimately save lives,” the city’s lady chief executive said. “Let us stay committed to securing a bright and safe future for our children.”

The three-day summit is organized by the Civil Defense Office headed by Regional Director Adriano Fuego. It aims to come up with an action plan that will guide local chief executives in effectively responding to disasters that may occur in their areas. — Vic Larato