Climaco recognizes humanitarian partners PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 August 2015 13:17



Mayor Beng Climaco joined humanitarian organizations in celebrating humanity in action in observance of the World Humanitarian Day Wednesday, August 19.

In her message, Climaco underscored the vital role of humanitarian groups in spurring the ongoing rehabilitation of Zamboanga City forward and in preparing the local government to shoulder the responsibilities of early recovery.

“We are going to early recovery and the challenges grow bigger. Natuto kaming tumayo dahil inspired kami sa inyo…One of these days, aalis na ang UN group. We want to be ready to do our responsibilities to carry on. You have inspired us to go out of our comfort zones,” Climaco told members of the humanitarian teams during a simple program at Garden Orchid Hotel.

The program featured presentations and a photo exhibit of the rehabilitation and recovery efforts of the local government and the humanitarian groups in Zamboanga City. A tae-bo for humanity activity was earlier held in Paseo del Mar.

The chief executive said the work of the humanitarian organizations will always be remembered by Zamboangueños, especially the internally displaced persons (IDPs).

“Your inspiration will leave a lasting legacy to our children,” she said.

Climaco also took the time to honor the memory of humanitarian workers perished in the line of duty in different parts of the world.

“Together with our IDPs, we look to gratitude to all the humanitarian groups, personnel and volunteers who have helped us from the time of the Siege onwards. In sickness and in health, for a better Zamboanga we will be one,” Climaco declared.

She added the experience of Zamboanga City in the siege and the subsequent humanitarian crisis demonstrated strength in inclusive leadership and resiliency, something that United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi commented on during his visit and has asked to share in a meeting with other UN officials in Jordan.

World Humanitarian Day is a celebration dedicated to those who seek to promote human welfare heedless of the dangers posed to their lives as well as an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe.

It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq in 2003.

This year’s Humanitarian Day theme is Inspiring the World’s Humanity which is an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe and to call on all people to become active messengers of humanity. — Jasmine Mohammadsali