HUNDREDS OF POOR families continue to benefit from the “Dia de Alcalde” love caravan – an outreach program in Zamboanga City – as part of the support of the local government to the indigent members of the society.
Just recently, the caravan dubbed as “Servicio de Govierno mas serca na barangay,” again brought humanitarian and various government services to residents of Barangay Zambowood.
The Dia del Alcalde continues to bring government services closer to barangay folks in line with Mayor Beng Climaco administration’s thrust on Security, Health and Education. The beneficiaries of the caravan are provided with free medicines and health and dental services, among others. It is supported and participated by private groups and the military’s Task Force Zamboanga.
Aside from regular Dia de Alcalde caravan, Climaco also has medical assistance and incentive programs for the elderly population here dubbed as “Largo Vida” which literally means “Long Life.”
Largo Vida has been a part of Climaco’s benevolent programs dedicated to the welfare or well-being of senior citizens. It is being implemented by the City Health Office, City Social Welfare and Development Office and Office of the City Mayor.
And aside from Largo Vida program, Climaco also provides cash incentives to senior citizens celebrating their birthday as provided in a local ordinance.
Considered also as the first of its kind in the history of Zamboanga, the distribution of the cash gifts covers all the 98 barangays here. Under the ordinance, the birthday cash incentives will be given to all senior citizens: P500 for ages 60 to 69; P700 for ages 70 to 79; P800 for ages 80 to 90; P1,500 for ages 91 to 94 and P2,000 for ages 95 to 99.
It is only during Climaco’s administration that senior citizens are receiving the much needed attention and care through various local government humanitarian and pro-poor programs with the support of the members of the City Council. (Zamboanga Post)
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