Zamboanga mayor declares priorities in SOCA

MAYOR Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar on Tuesday, January 14, rolled out in her State of the City Address (SOCA) what she described an even bigger budget of P4.266 billion, marking another history in the city government of Zamboanga,

“This time, we must think big and dream even bigger for Zamboanga,” Salazar declared even as she stressed that her administration remains faithful to its purpose of improving the well-being and social needs of her constituents.

She said a sizeable bulk of this year’s budget has allocated for the social services sector with its 43 percent fractional share.

“The overall standing of this sector in this year’s total allocation clearly manifests our unceasing efforts to promote Security, Health and Education above all else - these have always been the battle cry of this administration since day one,” Salazar said.

She said that also allocated was P100 million for the “Largo Vida” Program for senior citizens for their daily maintenance medicines, P26 million for their birthday cash incentives and P6 million for their free cinema.

This year, Salazar said that for the very first time, 500 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) will soon have their cash incentives from the city government by virtue of City Ordinance No. 505 with the approved amount of P1,000 each, amounting to a total of P5 million for them to enjoy yearly. (SunStar Zamboanga)


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