Mayor Climaco to City Council: Set aside politics, pass 2021 budget


Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco has urged the concerned members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) not to politicize the passage of the proposed P4.38-billion budget of the city for next year.

The local chief executive said Zamboangueños should not be deprived of the support from the city government.

“Let us not mix politics into the discussion of our budget because we are all accountable to the people we serve. Leave politics to the elections in 2022. We must not deprive the people, the senior citizens, the farmers, the fisherfolks, the sick, and the hungry the needed support from the local government,” she said.

“The longer the City Council will not act on it due to politicking by some quarters, the longer we delay our response on the 2021 budget, the greater the chances are that come next year, the fiscal management of the city in terms of the needed services and supplies, from the government down to the 98 barangays will be affected,” Climaco stressed.

She said further delay in the passage of the budget will have a chain reaction of effects.

Despite the marathon hearings conducted by the SP on the 2021 budget, the mayor said the Council is yet to approve the appropriations plan.