Beng says Zambo City slowly, but surely recovers 2 years after siege PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 September 2015 14:02

by Vic Larato


Mayor Beng Climaco assured yesterday that Zamboanga City is slowly but surely rebuilding communities, much stronger and better than they were before the infamous siege two years ago.

This, as Climaco cited the many challenges the city has to go through in building a better Zamboanga in partnership with various United Nations organizations.

“Two years after the siege, we are slowly rebuilding Zamboanga City despite the challenges we encounter is building 6,000 housing units for the IDPs (internally displaced persons,” the mayor said after leading the “Special Day of Remembrance,” a tribute program marking the siege’s second anniversary yesterday on Simariki Island.

She said the tribute program on Simariki Island was an important symbolism of unity among Christians, Muslims and Lumad in the city.

“On this day,” the mayor said of Sept. 9, “we want to express our deepest gratitude to every one who has defended the city against the MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front),” the chief executive said as she thanked the UN agencies for continuously helping the city since the early days of the siege in September 2013 up to the present.

“We are forever grateful for the UN and we always thank God for saving us. Let us continue to pray for peace in the city,” Climaco further said.

Yesterday’s activity in remembrance of the siege two years after was dedicated to the fallen heroes and those who stood firm and fought hard in defense of the city and its people—united under one flag, one nation and one Zamboanga.

The tribute started with a mass at 7 a.m. at Christ the King Chapel at Martha Drive, Sta. Catalina, where a testimonial program followed at 8 a.m. There was also a mass blood donation.

At 8:30 a.m., Mayor Climaco led city officials and guests to the Coast Guard pier from where they boarded a boat to Sumariki Island, one of the important locations of the siege, for the tribute program that was more of prayers for peace: Salamat Duwaa, Interfaith Prayer Service, testimonials, etc.

At 4:30 p.m., she presided over the wreath-laying at the memorial marker of Fallen Heroes, Veterans Memorial Park, which was highlighted with the signing of Interfaith Council Resolution, declaring babies born on Sept. 9, 2013 as “Children of Hope.”

The photo gallery billed “Dos Años Despues” opened at the lobby of City Hall.— Vic Larato