Celso unveils Red Cross youth training center PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 November 2014 14:29

District 1 Representative and Red Cross Governor Celso Lobregat last Friday spearheaded the unveiling of the newly-renovated Red Cross Youth Training Center as he lauded the Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross for being a humanitarian organization living up to its motto “Always first, Always ready and Always there.”

Red Cross Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang together with Red Cross Zamboanga Board Chairman Dr. Milagros Fernandez and Chapter Administrator Dr. Vic Liozo and the Chapter Board of Directors assisted the congressman during the ceremonies in Pettit Barracks. Fr. Canti Munoz officiated the blessing rites.

Lobregat hailed Red Cross volunteers’ dedication and commitment through citing their efforts and contributions in responding to emergencies not only during the 2013 siege but in all forms of emergencies. “PRC was always the first, always ready and always there.”

Lobregat was first elected governor of the Red Cross in 2003, reelected in 2007, then in 2011. During his stint as City Mayor from 2004 until 2013, he increased the city government’s subsidy to the Red Cross Chapter.

He also made possible the reconstruction of the Red Cross Chapter office building, the Blood Center and the Youth Hostel.

During his speech, the District 1 Congressman also recalled that his late mother, former congresswoman and mayor Maria Clara Lobregat received her last award from the PRC barely a month before she passed away in January 2004.

The renovation of the Red Cross Youth Training Center paves the way for a more conducive and convenient learning center for the city’s youth and Red Cross volunteers.

The training center was first constructed 25 years ago through funds allocated by then COCOFED President Maria Clara Lobregat. Its renovation was undertaken by LL Construction at a cost of P5.4 million, P4.5 million of which was allocated by Cong. Lobregat when he was city mayor.

Also present in the ceremony were Councilor Myra Paz Abubakar, Engr. Cholie Roble and former City Councilor Rey Candido among others. — Melcah Yee