Celso names Geodetic engrs as ambassadors of goodwill PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 November 2011 17:23

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday named as ambassadors of goodwill, geodetic engineers from all over Mindanao who are convening in Zamboanga for their 28th Area Assembly as he urged them to help in promoting the good, the best, the positive and the beautiful about Zamboanga.

“I am very thankful for your decision to hold your convention in Zamboanga City for it provides us the opportunity to show you what Zamboanga truly is”, the mayor said in his keynote speech during the opening program of the Assembly of the Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines Inc.-Mindanao area Thursday.

He said “as fellow Mindanaoans we share in the predicament of having to contend with inaccurate media coverage and dateline attributions”, but stressed however that “Zamboanga will remain committed to its thrust to promote the city as a secure economic and tourist hub.”

As the chief executive of the local government of Zamboanga, Lobregat emphasized, it is his duty and obligation to bring about the good, the best, the positive and the beautiful about Zamboanga.

The mayor in his keynote message talked in length about the city’s land governance policies and efforts and also made a comprehensive presentation of Zamboanga’s competitiveness and potentials that awed and impressed the over 200 Assembly participants.

Themed “Promoting Public-Private Partnership for Effective Land Governance in Mindanao”, the 2-day assembly at the Astoria Plaza will discuss current issues, trends and best practices in the geodetic engineering profession.

“Without question, land is increasingly becoming an important governance issue especially in the light of many complex challenges like climate change, rising population, rapid urbanization, food security, and peace and order”, the mayor said as he cited the various efforts of his administration to ensure sound land governance which is fundamental in achieving sustainable development and poverty alleviation.

Mayor Lobregat affirmed that to ensure sound outcomes in land governance, both public and private individuals and institutions “must work together to ensure land use policies and such are implemented and rights are protected”.

Meanwhile, participants to the Assembly said they are eager and excited to explore the city’s potentials and have promised to help promote Zamboanga when they return to their places of origin.

They too agreed that negative perception about Zamboanga and Mindanao brought about by incorrect dateline attributions is the main reason why people from other areas are apprehensive in visiting the Mindanao area.

Spearheading the list of GEPI officials during the opening program were National president Godofredo Limbo Jr., and other board of governors, past presidents, Mindanao area officers headed by chairman Noel Ibanez, regional presidents and many others. — Sheila Covarrubias