Zamboanga Red Cross – more united to face new challenges PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 16:06

The 11th Chapter Assembly of the Zamboanga City Red Cross Chapter (ZCRC) was historical. With the theme “Red Cross 143: United, Strong, Everywhere for All Formidable Challenges,” it was held last March 21, 2014 at the Plaza of Grand Astoria Hotel.

The event assembly  for the first time conducted an automated election for the election of the new set of ZRCC Board of Directors (BOD). It was a first among all the Red Cross Chapters in our country – a historical feat that gave a faster and accurate counting of votes. Re-elected BOD were City Councilor Myra Abubakar, Estrella Tan Li, Eloisa Ruste, Dr. Anicia Alvarez, Pilar Castillo, Pat Lim, Evelyn Balbon, Engr. Luis Despalo, Vita Guingona, and Dr. Rose Diu. The new Board Members are City Councilor Percy Ramos, Mila Arieta of Zamboanga Today, Sitti Garcia, Roseller Rojas, and Marivic Coligado.

It was also highlighted with the presence of the Secretary General of the Philippine Red Cross Dr. Gwendolyn Pang. She is a charming and a dignified woman in person. She handed out certificates of recognitions to institutions and individuals that have been helping in all the efforts and activities of ZRCC. I am one of them (Thank You for the honor).

ZRCC is prepared all the time when unexpected calamities strike our city caused either by nature or man-made. To mention one, the man-made disaster 2013 Zamboanga siege; the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Zamboanga Red was lauded for its sacrifices and heroic endeavors throughout the long battle fight. Red Cross staff and volunteers placed their lives at risks.

PRC-Zamboanga is always there as one strong group when disasters like earthquake, flood, typhoon, fire, and even crimes happen in our city and around the region.

By Dante Corteza

We all have trouble. If we keep our eyes on God, He promises that all our problems work together for good. We can grow from our mistakes and we can comfort others from our experiences. This brings me to the verse that could probably be our all-time assurance verse. “If God be for us, who can be against us?”Romans 8:31 NIV