Climaco espouses environmental protection on Rizal Day observance PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 June 2014 11:43

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday underscored the need for environmental protection and preservation as she called on all sectors to concentrate efforts in ensuring a clean and hazard-free environment.

Mayor Climaco said this, as she led different sectors in the observance of the 153rd birth anniversary of national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, with the theme “Rizalism: Conservation of Ecology and Natural Resources.”

“Let us do all efforts to protect the environment. Este tiempo amo para el limpiesa, ayuda kita ase un limpio Ciudad para por lo menos puede kita privini todo causa de enfermedad como el dengue, estangcada de agua,” the mayor told the huge crowd participating in the Rizal Day program at the Rizal park fronting City Hall Thursday morning.

Among the guests included Police Regional Director PCSupt. Edgar Basbas, Task Force Zamboanga Commander Col. Andrelino Colina, Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Councilors Rodolfo Bayot, Roel Natividad, Luis Biel III and Kim Elago, Order of the Knights of Rizal chairman Domingo Falcasantos, officials and members of the Philippine Veteran Association-Zamboanga chapter, different military and police units, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and numerous others.

In line with the Rizal day theme, Zamboanga City is also set to join the observance of Arbor Day on June 26, a nationwide tree planting activity.

“We appeal to all of you, anda siembra palo because by planting  trees like talisay will give a good future to our children. We should emulate the examples of Dr. Jose Rizal to protect the interest of the youth por medio de buen echos y buen obra,” said the mayor.

She added: “Only through planting trees will we be able to protect the environment, preserve the watershed and the City Government particularly the chief executive is firm in its stand not to allow Atro Mining do its mineral excavation in various areas particularly Vitali because it is near the watershed and this will give disastrous effects to the people and the environment.”

The Rizal Day program yesterday kicked off with the flag raising ceremony followed by the wreath laying rite led by Mayor Climaco.

The program was jointly organized by the City Government and the Order of the Knights of Rizal. — Sheila Covarrubias