Beng: 2019 election, a tough battle

Mayor Beng Climaco Sunday started a fresh mandate for her third term Sunday noon, June 30, with a commitment to do her best to help alleviate the plight of Zamboangueños amidst the rising challenges besetting the city.

However, Climaco in her valedictory speech after she was sworn to office Saturday night, admitted that the 2019 election was a tough battle and that there were times that she was gripped with fear of losing in the race.  With the grace of God, she surpassed the obstacles.

“Mahal tayo ng Diyos! Tiene gayod Dios! Despues del dificultad de campaña este suspiramiento de agradecimiento con Dios, La Virgen del Pilar y San Jose! The 2019 elections has been a tough battle.  I admit there were times that I was afraid,” the mayor said before some 1,000 people who witnessed the formal oath-taking rites held at the Multi-purpose covered court of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University- La Purisima campus.

She praised the Almighty for guiding and protecting her through the difficulties and offered her victory to the Omnipotent God. “Na abrazo de Dios y Nuestra Señora la Virgen del Pilar, taqui iyo na de ustedes presencia esta noche para dale alabanza y agradecimiento por este solamente victoria que acto de Dios quien verdadero salvador!.”

All the plans and programs she has set out to do in her third term, she said will be insurmountable if all city officials – elected or otherwise and all stakeholders will support and cooperate.

She committed to realize and bring order in traffic on streets, cleanliness and beautification, sufficient water and power supply,  increased health services for the sick and adequate lots for the urban poor.

“Na favor de Dios ay pwede kita realiza el orden na trafico, limpiesa na Ciudad, bastante electricidad y agua, comprada de lote para na urban poor, omento de servicio se salud para na enfermo”, the mayor said in her speech in chavacano.

She likewise committed to further intensify security measures to obtain peace and order as well as enhance education programs in line with her thrust on Security, Health and Education (SHE).

The third termer mayor also pledged to work hard to provide more livelihood trainings and make way for more job opportunities and investments as the city has diverse potentials and the business sector has trust and confidence on the local leadership.

She ended her message by thanking the members of her family and all those who supported her in her journey for re-election.

“Amor y servicio, y valiente defende a Ciudad de Zamboanga, ay continua iyo por este tercer termino. Con todo con ustedes que ya dale de ustedes rezos, suporta y voto, nuestro grande agradecimiento, ustedes ya queda intrumentos de Dios para continua ama y sirvi na Ciudad,” Climaco added.

On Saturday afternoon, July 29, Climaco led the oath-taking rites of newly-elected city officials who will serve a three-year term starting noon of June 30, 2019 to noon of June 30, 2022. The formal oath taking ceremony was held at the MPCC-ADZU in La Purisima and not at the City Hall grounds due to the inclement weather condition. (Sheila Covarrubias)