Celso seeks budget officers’ help to promote Zambo City PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 11:49

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday urged the over 1,500 participants to the 15th Philippine League of Local Budget Officers national convention to explore Zamboanga City and discover its attractions and potentials, as warmly welcomed them during opening ceremonies with Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos as guest of honor.

At the same time, Mayor Lobregat named the local budget officers coming from various provinces, cities and municipalities in the country as Zamboanga’s ambassadors of goodwill and tourism.
“When you go back to your respective places, please help us spread the good news about Zamboanga. Zamboanga is peaceful, vibrant and beautiful”, the mayor said in his welcome message, made lively with a power point presentation on the city’s competitive advantages and the city’s rich and colorful history and culture.

He stressed that Zamboanguenos relish every opportunity to showcase Zamboanga to local and foreign visitors in the hope of correcting misperceptions about the city being a dangerous and war-torn city.  “We have become a victim of bad, negative and inaccurate publicities resulting from wrong dateline attributions.”

Of the over 1,500 participants to the 3-day PHILLBO convention, over half are first timers in Zamboanga. Most of them are impressed to see the growth and development in Zamboanga and its true peace and order situation.

The PHILLBO, headed by City Budget Officer Virginia Gara as president is the organization of local budget officers fromvarious provinces, cities and municipalities in the country. The convention is intended to discuss current issues related to fiscal management at the local government level.

The three-day event will have 3 national officials as guests, one of which was Usec. Relampagos who graced the opening ceremony. Today it will be the turn of Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) chairman Daniel Lacson Jr while tomorrow, April 14 it will be graced by Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.

Aside from the local budget officers, the event is also being attended by various LGU officials and Department of Budget and Management (DBM) regional directors and their assistants.

Aside from the PHILLBO national convention, Zamboanga City is currently hosting the 2011 PRISAA National Games which brings in to Zamboanga almost 5,000 athletes, coaches, chaperones, officials and guests. — Sheila Covarrubias