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BARANGAY OFFICIALS, even those who are allies and supporters of defeated mayoralty bet Celso Lobregat, have praised Mayor Beng Climaco for the brand new Mitsubishi L200 vehicles they received recently.

Climaco turned over 38 vehicles to different barangays as part of her security and disaster preparedness program under the Barangay Emergency Network Group.

She said the vehicles will be exclusively used for official or governmental purpose such as but not limited to emergencies, government transactions, and public necessities and strictly for the barangay constituents, especially children and disabled persons, including indigenous peoples and the elderly.

“The City Government fully supports the needs of the barangays, particularly in providing transportation facilities, but the same should be solely used for its original purpose and that is government-use only and not for the personal use of barangay officials,” Climaco said.

Mitsubishi L200 vehicles worth over P45 million are turned over to different barangays by Mayor Beng Climaco. (Kathy Wee Sit)

She said barangay officials should undertake at its expense the vehicle’s succeeding registration with the Land Transportation Office and to ensure it is properly used and maintained. She said official or designated drivers of the vehicles should at all times follow traffic rules and regulations. “(The) Barangay government will also be responsible for the proper maintenance and repair and procurement of spare parts, as well as bear other expenses pertaining to the use of the vehicle,” Climaco said.

The latest recipients of the vehicles were Barangays Ayala, Baliwasan, Baluno, Cabatangan, Calarian, Camino Nuevo, Campo Islam, Canelar, Capisan, Cawit, Dulian-Upper Pasonanca, Labuan, La Paz, Limpapa, Malagutay, Maasin, Mariki, Pamucutan, Pasonanca, Patalon, Recodo, Rio Hondo, San Jose Cawa-cawa, San Jose Gusu, San Roque, Sinubong, Sinunuc, Sta. Barbara, Sta. Maria, Sto. Niño, Talisayan, Tulungatung, Tumaga, Zone 1, Zone II, Zone III, Zone IV and Vitali.

Climaco has distributed a total of 98 vehicles, including Mitsubishi L300, to all Zamboanga’s 98 barangays since 2017. Island-barangays will also be provided with additional motorized boats.

The L200 diesel-powered vehicles with FB body, worth over P45 million, are all Euro-4 compliant and equipped with blinkers, strobe light, siren and loud speaker. It also has spine board, first aid kit, and sticker markings, among others. They are all customized and properly insured.

Liga ng mga Barangay Vice President and Barangay Pasonanca chairman Efigenio Julian also thanked Climaco and the local government for the vehicles and assured that they will be properly use. He echoed Climaco’s call to use the vehicles for official and emergency purposes only and not for family or personal use.

Just last month, Climaco also handed over a dozen brand new Isuzu fire trucks to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to help its capability to response quickly to various emergencies and to effectively fight fire in Zamboanga.

Climaco’s fire truck donation was supported by members of the City Council and in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s modernization program for fire fighters. It is also Climaco’s vision to make Zamboanga City even more resilient and progressive.

She said the six-wheeler, diesel-engine fire trucks can each carry some 3,000 liters of water and are all Euro 4 compliant. Euro 4 is a globally accepted European emission standards for vehicles that require the use of fuel with significantly low sulfur and benzene contents which means cleaner emissions and less pollution in the environment.

Aside from the trucks, the local government also provides allowances, among others to the fire department as part of Climaco’s firm commitment to security.

BFP Regional Director Senior Superintendent Sydney Besana and Zamboanga District Fire Marshal Superintendent Jhufel Brananola expressed their gratitude to Climaco and members of the City Council for the new fire trucks. Branola said the new trucks will boost their fire fighting capabilities.

He said the trucks will be deployed to different fire stations in various barangays. For his part, Fire Director Leonard Banago praised Climaco for her support to the local BFP. Climaco vows to continue supporting the fire department. (Zamboanga Post)


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