Let us not give up on the people of Zambo — Beng PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 March 2014 11:13

“Let us not give up on the people of Zamboanga. Together with you, let us know what you can contribute. It is okay for you to criticize, express dismay but what I really need is your suggestion, I also ask what you can contribute because the city government of Zamboanga is supporting the police and the military.”

Thus stressed Mayor Beng Climaco in the wake of the spate of incidents aggravated by the power and water shortage.

Mayor Climaco pointed out that the City Government is continuously supporting and assisting the police and military, in fact, for 2014 alone, the city’s peace and order program is P191.8 million, a big leap from the 2013 budget of P131.5 million.

“Let us not give up on the city of Zamboanga because the LGU is funding more than P191 million to assist the police and military but we also ask the people, as you give your criticisms please contribute what you can do,” she said.

She expressed gratitude to groups and individuals who are supporting the authorities in their peace-keeping efforts such as the Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce led by Eduardo Chua for the donation of flashlights and the management of the Phoenix Gas Station in Putik for the pledge to build the Police Action Center (PAC) in the barangay.

On Wednesday night (March 5), Mayor Climaco met with the business sector and some private groups to discuss security concerns affecting the city. Together with the mayor were City Police OIC Director Col. Angelito Casimiro, Task Force Zamboanga Chief Col. Andrelino Colina, City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr., representatives from the National Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies.

The business sector and private groups voiced out their concern vis-a-vis the rising criminality and the other issues affecting the city. On the other hand, the mayor presented the city’s plans and programs on public order and safety stressing that Security, Health and Education or the SHE program is her priority.

“When I got elected, I say that the number one problem of the city is security. I am banking my career and I am banking my reputation on this,” she said.

She continued:  “I cannot fail the people of Zamboanga right now, if we do, what will happen to us? For as long as there are children who want to have a better education, we will carry on and keep up the fight amidst all the criticisms—day in and day out, 24 hours a day. Though they all blame it on the mayor, I accept it because I am an elected official, what else can I do? But I will act on it, I tell you, I will act on it. Zamboanga City will not be left with a vacuum of leadership because I believe that I have been given the mandate”.

As this developed, Mayor Climaco has issued an urgent call for all barangays to activate the tanods or civilian volunteer organizations and strengthen security patrols in their areas citing that a reinforced barangay defense system is very crucial in the drive to counter lawlessness.”

The mayor is closely coordinating with police and military authorities and is closely monitoring progress of probe of incidents as well as the implementation of peace-keeping measures.

The chief executive likewise ordered for a fusion of different police and military units to address threats. She appealed anew to the public to verify reports and to inform authorities about the presence of suspicious persons and activities in their respective areas through PNP hotlines 166 or 117. — Sheila Covarrubias