Beng assures Zambo of LGU commitment to rehab efforts PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 October 2013 13:47

Mayor Beng Climaco assured the public that the local government is exerting every effort to bring Zamboanga City back to its feet after the 23-day armed conflict and, most recently, the heavy rains and flooding.

“Your local government under our leadership will continue to do everything possible to address your concerns. We remain committed to ensure the welfare of each and every resident of the City,” said Climaco.

“I am here to let you know that the city government is behind you during this calamity,” she added.

Aside from the rehabilitation efforts for the three-week armed conflict, Climaco stated that the local government is also dealing with the aftermath of the flooding which hit the City in the past few days. Relief operations are being conducted in cooperation with DSWD and barangay councils to reach the almost 20,000 people displaced by the widespread flooding.

Climaco assured that the public will be privy to every undertaking made by the City Government, promising transparency and accountability in all the rehabilitation endeavors.

“Our communications team has been put to task to ensure that this is complied with,” she said. Documents detailing the list of all monetary assistance received by the City Government have already been posted online.

Meanwhile, the Mayor revealed that the City Government Rehabilitation Team, in coordination with its national and international counterparts, is in the process of assessing and evaluating all available resources prior to finalization of the plans and program.

Initial rehabilitation efforts, however, were impeded due to the heavy rains which affected a number of barangays and aggravated the condition of evacuees in temporary shelters.

Relative to the recently filed cases against Nur Misuari and 60 other individuals for crimes of rebellion and violations against the International Humanitarian Law, a petition to transfer the MNLF forces detained at the City’s penal farm has been lodged with the appropriate authorities.

It also requested to move trials for the hearings outside Zamboanga City. — Jasmine Mohammadsali