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Mayor Climaco wants law to protect Zamboanga City’s watershed vs mining

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Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco has urged Congress to pass measures protecting watersheds in the city as she renewed her opposition in any form of mining in the place.

The local chief executive vowed that her administration would continue to develop and maintain the city’s approximately 19-hectare forest area at Climaco Freedom Park, Sitio Abong-Abong, Upper Pasonanca and the 150-hectare mangrove forest in barangays Talon-Talon and Mampang in support to the National Greening Program (NGP).

“We will plant 100,000 trees before I end my final term as mayor of the city. While I am the mayor, we will remain firm in our stand against mining in the city as we urge our Congressional Representatives to pass measures protecting all of our watersheds and their buffer zones,” she said in he recent State of the City Address.

She cited some accomplishments of her administration in protecting the environment, making Zambonga City a recipient of the “Green Thumb Award” by the Manila Times through its Philippines Top Model Cities.

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