Zambo turns 79 as Charter City PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 February 2016 13:28

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

 

Seventy-nine years ago today, the first set of appointed officials were installed into office four months after the Charter of Zamboanga was approved by President Manuel L. Quezon on October 12, 1936.

The City Government has lined up various activities to fittingly celebrate the occasion as a show of gratitude to the contributions of all Zamboanguenos who made Zamboanga what it is today.

The main event will be the grand civic military parade that will start at 3pm at Ledesma Street fronting the City Fire Department to the Paseo del Mar where the commemorative program with former Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas as guest of honor and speaker, will take place.

On the eve of the Dia de Zamboanga celebration, Mayor Beng Climaco led city government officials in honouring Zamboanguenos who gave exemplary contributions to the city. Dubbed as Local Achievers 2016, the honorees included Coca-cola Femsa Phillipines Inc.– Top Corporate Taxpayer; Al Hassan Hasiman – Top Local Corporate Taxpayer; Hidilyn Diaz- Sports; PSSupt. Angelito Casimiro- Public Service; Zenaida Arevalo- Community Service; Ben Ang (Hung He Ping) Investment Promotion; Eagle Scout Jericho Ortega – Special Citation for Exemplary Achievement in the Scouting Movement and Zamboanga Hermosa Chorale – Culture and the Arts.

Police and military authorities have put in place a comprehensive security plan to ensure the orderly and peaceful celebration of the Dia de Zamboanga. The plan is highlighted on the executive order issued by the mayor mandating a temporary traffic rerouting scheme and the temporary transfer of PUJ terminals in the city for the duration of the activities from 2pm to 6pm today, Feb. 26. The order includes the prohibition on the wearing of bullcaps and the carrying of backpacks inside the Paseo del Mar during the said period.

Today is a declared special non-working holiday in Zamboanga by virtue of Proclamation 1212. — Sheila Covarrubias