Celso asks confab delegates to spread good news about Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 14 May 2011 16:52

As top official of the city, Mayor Celso Lobregat Thursday night sought to correct misperceptions about Zamboanga being a dangerous and war-torn city, as he named the participants to the 7th Visayas-Mindanao Drugstore Business Conference as ambassadors of goodwill.

“When you will return to your places of origin, I appeal to you to please help us spread the good news about Zamboanga. Please be our ambassadors of goodwill,” Mayor Lobregat told the almost a thousand drugstore operators from Visayas and Mindanao during fellowship night at a local hotel.

Backed up by a power point presentation of the city’s history and diverse culture and competitive advantages, Mayor Lobregat said Zamboanguenos are proud of the rich and colorful history, the diverse cultural heritage and unique chabacano language and warm and friendly people.

“And we 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,” the chief executive said.

Most o f the participants are first timers in Zamboanga City and admitted to be initially hesitant in coming over due to negative perceptions.

“Zamboanga, as you can see, is very peaceful and vibrant, where people of different culture and religious beliefs live in harmonious coexistence.  My only request is for you to help correct such misperceptions by telling your families, your friends, your colleagues of how truly beautiful and peaceful Zamboanga City is,” he said.

Meanwhile, the chief executive thanked the DSAP for choosing Zamboanga as the venue for its business conference. “It is truly an honor and privilege for the city to host this annual event that brings together over a thousand drugstore owners, trade partners and stakeholders in the pharmaceutical and drug retail industry.”

He emphasized that drugstores are very important partners in the effort to build a healthy citizenry. “You give patients access to the medicines they need to cure them of their infliction or at least ease their pain.”

The mayor also told the DSAP members that health ranks among the top priorities of his administration with the vision “Nuestro deseo un ciudad sin enfermedad” (we desire a city that is free from diseases). He briefly cited the city’s continuous efforts to maximize and expand medical programs and health services.

The business conference’s venue is the Grand Astoria Hotel. — Sheila Covarrubias