City remembers end of 2013 siege PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 September 2015 11:53

by SheIla Covarrubias

The City Government has set a special flag raising ceremony today, Monday, September 28 in fitting commemoration of the second year since the end of the September 2013 siege.

The ceremony will be highlighted by the presentation of awards and citations received by the City Government in the aspects of governance, promotion of trade, tourism and investment potentials of the city in the international stage and sports that brought honor and fame not only to the city but to the entire country.

Zamboanga City for the third year is conferred the Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping (GFH) for 2014, a recognition initiated by the Department of Interior and Local Government for the city’s strict compliance to the Full Disclosure Policy of the Commission on Audit and conformity to accounting and auditing standards, rules and regulations. The award entitles the city government a P3 million subsidy from the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) which will be used for a specific module type of project.

The city’s delegation to the Asian Weightlifting Championship held in Phuket, Thailand last August reaped 5 gold medals and one silver medal. Hidilyn Diaz harvested 3 gold medals while Nestor Colonia got 2 gold medals and 1 silver medal. The Zamboanga delegation also landed second place in the Philippine National Games-Mindanao leg held also last month in Dao, Pagadian City with a total of 35 gold medals, 26 silver ad 22 bronze medals harvested.

And just recently, the Climaco-led Zamboanga City delegation to the 12th China-ASEAN Expo held in Nanning China from Sept. 18-21 reaped two awards- the best City of Charm and the best Trade Organizer besting other cities in China and ASEAN.

Another highlight will be the conferment of the PNP Medal or Medalya ng Kagalingan by Mayor Beng Climaco and Police Regional Director PCSupt. Miguel Antonio to 5 police personnel and 2 barangay officials of Tumitus for their efforts in the recovery of kidnap victim Isabel Muyargas and grandson Kyle early this month.

And today, Sept. 28 also marks the World Rabies Day and the City Rabies Control and Eradication Coordinating Council (ZCRCECC) will spearhead activities themed with the theme #End Rabies Together. The activities will include the unfurling of the World Rabies Day Tarpaulin and the hanging of the tarpaulin in City hall after the flag ceremony. The winners in the search for Most Pet Friendly barangays will also be recognized.

Today’s flag raising ceremony will be a celebration of victory and peace and seeks to remember the heroism and bravery of the soldiers and policemen who defended the city at the height of the 21-day standoff that started in September 9, 2013. — Sheila Covarrubias