Celso launches ‘No Te Vayas de Zambo’ campaign PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2014 11:27

Faith, trust and hope are tenets that define the “No Te Vayas de Zamboanga” (Don’t leave Zamboanga) campaign that has come to light in the midst of diverse challenges besetting the city.

District 1 Representative Celso Lobregat, who set off the campaign, said Zamboanguenos should have trust and confidence in the potentials and capabilities of Zamboanga before invitations to invest and explore the city be extended to out of towners.

Lobregat launched the No Te Vayas de Zamboanga campaign over the weekend specifically during a meeting with the 37 barangay officials from District I and during the program commemorating Dia di Ma’am Caling that marked the late Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat’s 93rd birthday.

“If Ma’am Caling were alive today, what would she do in these uncertain times? I think she would issue a clarion call and there is an appropriate song for that clarion call—No Te Vayas de Zamboanga, in English, don’t leave Zamboanga,” he said describing his mother, the late Mayor “Ma’am Caling” Lobregat.

Following the armed conflict between government forces and MNLF rebels loyal to Nur Misuari last September,    Lobregat said there are loose talks that some Zambangueno families have fled Zamboanga, sold their properties and transferred investments elsewhere.

He pointed out that before the city can invite investors and tourists to the city, the residents themselves should not have a shadow of doubt on the city.

“Zamboanga is our home, Zamboaga is our city, if you do not love and care for our city, who else will? How can we ask people from outside to invest and come and visit us if we have that shadow of doubt?”, the District I solon asked.

The campaign is now stamped in tarpaulins that will drape the city’s landscape.

“This (campaign) will send the strong message to all and sundry that we have faith, trust and we have hope in our city. We will not allow people who want Zamboanguenos to abandon Zamboanga so they can take over, this is to show that we are here to stay”, Lobregat declared.

The solon also issued the same call during the signing of the P743 million deal for the construction of a water treatment plant between the Zamboanga Economic Zone and Freeport Authority and the Primewater Corporation of former Sen. Manny Villar last week. The same message was expounded during the welcome program for participants to the 10th National Convention of Diocesan Chancellors and Chanceries also last week. — Rey Carbonel