QC donates P2M; Beng, SP thank Mayor Bautista PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:32

The local government of Quezon City, the country’s biggest highly urbanized city in terms of population, has donated P2-million to the city government of Zamboanga for the latter’s recovery and rehabilitation plan that will be anchored on the “Build Back Better” strategy.

This, after Zamboanga City suffered massive infrastructure destruction and continuing humanitarian crisis brought about by the 23-day fighting between government forces and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels last September.

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista himself flew in yesterday afternoon and personally handed over the P2-million check to Mayor Beng Climaco in the presence of Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and members of the City Council during its session yesterday afternoon.

In her message, Climaco expressed her profound thanks and gratitude to Mayor Bautista and all other individuals, organizations and local government units that came to help Zamboanga City in its rehabilitation efforts.

She said the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) has already been presented to various sectors and stakeholders in a series of consultations Friday with no less than Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson and the UP Planning and Development Research Foundation Inc. (UP PLANADES).

Barring hitches and minor changes, the plan will be ready for implementation by early next year after it will be presented to Pres. Aquino.

The City Council, meanwhile, had to suspend its house rules during its regular session yesterday afternoon to give way to Mayor Bautista’s handover of the P2M check.

The local legislators then jointly and severally sponsored a resolution expressing the august body’s appreciation and gratitude to Mayor Bautista and the Quezon City government as a whole for donating P2-million to the city.

Climaco also took Bautista to a tour of the ground zero in barangays Sta. Catalina, Sta. Barbara, Rio Hondo and Mariki where hundreds of homes had been razed by fire at the height of the September siege. — Vic Larato