Celso’s Independence Day message: ‘Freedom is a shared commitment’ PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 June 2011 16:58

Mayor Celso Lobregat has urged constituents to learn from the examples and draw inspiration from the sacrifices and struggles of yesterday heroes who fought against foreign oppressors stressing that the country specifically Zamboanga city nowadays faces new forms of battles.

“Centuries ago, our ancestors fought against foreign oppressors; today, we are fighting against some forces who wish to break up our city, our region and our country and we are fighting against poverty”, the mayor said amidst the drizzle during simple rites marking the 113th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence at Plaza Rizal Sunday which was also graced by Congresspersons Beng Climaco and Erbie Fabian and Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde. 

Over a century after the declaration of independence, Mayor Lobregat said the country continues to celebrate June 12 not only to recall the struggles of yesterday heroes but also to be remind each and every constituent that “freedom is a shared commitment and a common aspiration.”

As the country confronts issues on sovereignty and territorial integrity and poverty, each and every citizenry has the duty and responsibility to work actively and collectively with government to help retain sovereignty and to help fight against poverty.

Like the national government, the local government is stepping up efforts to help improve quality of life, he said. These efforts include the implementation of education programs, acceleration of social and health services and undertaking programs to promote public safety—all geared at giving a better future for the constituents.
“However, the fight against poverty is not one that the government can face or resolve alone. Every Filipino must answer the call to free themselves and the country from the grips of poverty. One cannot leave everything to the government; the fight should start within oneself”, the mayor stressed.

Despite the drizzle, thousands of officials and employees from national and local government agencies, military and police forces, war veterans and representatives from different sectors participated in the austere but meaningful observance of Independence Day. The program kicked off with the flag raising ceremony led by Mayor Lobregat, Cong. Fabian and Vice Mayor Iturralde and the Panunumpa sa Watawat led by Cong. Climaco.

The flag raising rite was followed by the wreath laying and a brief program. The release of balloons capped the activity.
The Zamboanga celebration of Independence Day yesterday was simultaneous with other parts of the country and was intended to instill love of country. — Sheila Covarrubias