Celso to ARMM agar-agar farmers: Let us unite for peace in Mindanao PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 16:53

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday urged agar-agar farmers from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to unite and support the search for genuine and elusive peace in Mindanao and the country as a whole.

Speaking at the first ARMM Seaweed Congress at the Grand Astoria Hotel, Mayor Lobregat stressed that whatever happens in the ARMM creates a big impact to the rest of Mindanao and the country. “Your success is the success of Mindanao and the entire Philippines.”

He told the agar-agar farmers mostly from the different parts of the autonomous region that Zamboanga City is for peace in Mindanao, peace that is genuine and long lasting. “Let us unite to achieve the peace we all want.”

He said Zamboanga City was honored and privileged to host the very first ARMM Seaweed Congress, an event that brings together the region’s stakeholders in the seaweed industry to “promote the greater participation of the different stakeholders of the seaweed industry in the region as well as serve as venue for more investments, marketing and other business opportunities.”

The event was also a great opportunity for Zamboanga to show that Zamboanga City truly is— peaceful and vibrant. “As fellow Mindanaoans, I am sure you can understand our determination to correct people’s misperception of Zamboanga,” the mayor said, citing reports picturing Zamboanga as a conflict-stricken city is a misnomer emanating from incorrect dateline attribution. “As you can see, Zamboanga City is peaceful and moving forward. Our people have been living in peaceful harmony despite differences in religious beliefs.” — Vic Larato