Beng dares Zambo youth to be engaged citizens PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 13:52

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday challenged the youth and the young adults to be engaged citizens of Zamboanga City, stressing hers is a participatory administration.

“Do not just complain, help find solutions,” Climaco said during the Young People’s Convention yesterday at the Grand Astoria Hotel.

She also urged the youth representing the different public and private schools in the city to spread the word that Zamboanga is a unique city that has its own challenges.

“We need to expand. We need to empower and we need efficiency,” the lady chief executive said, stressing that when young people converge with one vision they become a dynamic and potential force for change.

Climaco said her administration will be pushing for e-governance, public safety, emergency response, people collaboration, interactive environment, proactive security, green technology, social programs and social media.

The whole day event was organized by the Human Development and Empowerment Services (HDES), UNICEF, Department of Health and the Sangguniang Kabataan Zamboanga City Federation in coordination with the city government and the National Youth Commission.

It focused on educating the youth about the many issues and concerns affecting their sector, particularly on teenage pregnancy, adolescence, children’s rights and about the dreaded human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

It was learned from HDES President Victor Liozo that of the more than 60 HIV victims in Zamboanga about 3 to 4 are college students. He did not elaborate. — Vic Larato