Dalipe spells out plans for city’s inclusive dev’t

Strengthened security, robust economy, aggressive education and empowering the local tourism are among the priority programs that Mayor John Dalipe wants his administration to focus on in his bid to make Zamboanga City even more progressive, developed and greater than it was before his time.

In his speech at the inaugural session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Tuesday, Mayor Dalipe vowed that his new government will work closely with the men and women in uniform to sustain a peaceful city that is free from the threat posed by lawless elements.

“We need to be proactive in our approach and take advantage in keeping the city safe,” Dalipe said even as he assured the SP that his administration in collaboration with the police and military will intensify the safety and security measures to thwart any attacks on the city by lawless group.

Dalipe also declared that the city’s robust economy will continue to flourish “as we welcome more investors to come in and help bring Zamboanga City to a better pedestal.”

This, he said, is the time when the city is assured of more opportunities, more job and more progress will bring the city to its best performing capacity.

“We need to capacitate our business sector to us sustain economic growth,” Dalipe said, citing the need to find ways and means so that the Zamboangueños will no longer have to seek jobs in other places.

Under his administration, Dalipe told the legislative body headed by Vice Mayor Josephine “Pinpin” Pareja that “Zamboanga City will not back down as we bounce back to a stronger city that is resilient and progressive at all times.”

On education, Dalipe said his government will support and capacitate the teachers with more opportunities that will enable them to be at their best as the city transitions to the new normal brought about by Covid-19 pandemic.

“We have to ensure that we are able to assist them by providing them a platform where they can get to balance work and their well-being,” he said.

For the students, Dalipe said the city government will continue to assist them through scholarship programs, merit-based incentives, and partnership with the various learning institutions that will help them expand their knowledge.

Being a nurse by profession, Dalipe said will make sure thy equipped with healthcare providers, recognize the hard work that the frontliners are giving, especially that the city is still under the global pandemic.

According to Dalipe, the city will also keep its partnership with the hospitals in providing indigent families with access to healthcare assistance, and ensure that Zamboanga City is ready and capable of protecting its people should there be another health crisis during his incumbency.

Another equally important dynamo of the city’s growth is tourism, upon which Dalipe said he wants to create an impression that Zamboanga City is a location for recreation and vacation. “We will continue to empower local tourism by highlighting and nurturing the locals to have a sense of pride because truly we have world class beaches; our gastronomy is different and our culture holds history as we transcend in time. We will continue to implement responsible tourism as we welcome tourists in the city,” Dalipe further told legislature.-(Vic Larato)