During the project finale of the USAID’s Water Security for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability (Be Secure) in Manila recently, Mayor Beng Climaco has committed to undertake measures to conserve and secure safe water for all, as she thanked the US government for the continuous support and assistance.
“Miles de gracias Be Secure! Zamboanga City commits to conserve and secure safe water for all,” the mayor declared as she reflected on how the USAID through various projects specifically BeSecure supported and assisted the city since 2013. The projects have increased water security through preparation of vulnerability assessments climate change action plans, water demand management and emergency response plans.
While the siege in 2013 has brought insurmountable challenges, the entry of USAID projects have opened numerous opportunities that helped Zamboanga City build back better.
Meanwhile, the USAID BeSecure through Chief of Party Mona Grieser recognized Mayor Climaco’s partnership in initiatives on water security and climate resilience for the city.
Climaco, along with other partner local government units and agencies from all over the country, was presented with a plaque of recognition as an acknowledgment of her “commitment, cooperation and support to the betterment of the people of Zamboanga City through her work on water security and climate resiliency.”
The project finale, held at the Peninsula Manila on March 22, coincided with the celebration of World Water Day 2017 with US Ambassador Sung Kim as keynote speaker.
USAID Be Secure is ending in July 2017 after four years of successful implementation of projects in key cities under the Cities Development Initiatives (CDI). (Sheila Covarrubias)