Beng to brgy officials: ‘Help build back better Zambo’ PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 December 2013 14:26

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday sought the commitment of newly-elected barangay officials to the “build back better Zamboanga” efforts of the government, as she urged them to hold dearly the votes and mandate given them by their constituents.

“I invite you from today and henceforth, we will commit ourselves to help Zamboanga build back better,” Mayor Climaco said in her message to the 784 barangay chairmen and councilmen following the mass oath taking rites at the City Coliseum Saturday.

She stressed that the barangays, being in the frontline of services, should be the first responders to everything that happens in the level of the barangays. “I would like you to be the first responders in any eventuality in the barangay because with the crisis that had happened in the city, we always look up to the barangay officials as the ones who are always in the forefront”.

The mayor likewise called on the barangay officials to hold dearly the votes that the people have given them. “This is really a blessing from God and even if we go through a lot of trials and difficulties, let us hold dearly that this is the mandate of the people of the barangays and as your mayor I will do my best to help you succeed”.

The chief executive administered the  oath of the 98 barangay chairmen and 686 barangay councilmen who were elected into office during the November 25 special barangay elections in the city. Of the total 98 barangay chairmen, 46 are first term officials.

A highlight during the inauguration ceremony held at the City Coliseum yesterday morning was the presentation of certificates of recognition to 15 graduating barangay chairmen who served their villages for consecutive 3 terms or equivalent to 9 years.

Congresspersons Celso Lobregat and Lilia Nuño of Districts I and II respectively also congratulated the newly-elected barangay officials as they both urged them to work closely together for the betterment of the barangay sector.

Lobregat exhorted the officials to perform their duties and responsibilities well and to always adhere to the late Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat’s battle cry of staying united “man juntu-junto para el bien del Ciudad de Zamboanga”.

Nuño for her part expressed gratitude that the special barangay election in Zamboanga was very orderly and peaceful despite crisis that struck the city last September. She urged the barangay officials to prioritize on programs on environmental protection such as tree planting, cleanliness and agriculture programs.

The mass oath-taking also turned out to be an advance Christmas gathering for the barangay officials.

Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and members of the City Council including DILG-City officials led by Atty. Mohammad Taha Arakama also graced the occasion.

Iturralde in his opening message cited the crucial role of the barangay sector in local governance while Councilor Abdurahman Nuño, president of the Liga ng mga Barangay thanked the mayor for organizing the gathering of all barangay officials as they assume their posts effective 12:01 noontime yesterday, November 30. — Sheila Covarrubias