Celso cites Zamboangueños’ support for Sendong victims PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 16:16

Mayor Celso Lobregat has highly praised the outpouring of sympathy and support of the Zamboangueño community for the victims of tropical storm “Sendong” in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan and other parts of the country.

Mayor Lobregat said he is overwhelmed by the Zamboangueños’ show of concern to the plight of the thousands of Sendong victims by donating relief goods and even cash barely a few hours after the call for assistance was aired.

Loads of clothing, canned goods, water, mattresses, blankets, slippers and other relief items were brought to the City Social Welfare and Development Office and other areas designated as collection points. All the items were consolidated at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University and were later brought to Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City through the campaign dubbed “Tabang Sendong” spearheaded by ADZU president Fr. Tony Moreno and Tzu Chi Zamboanga head Dr. Anton Lim in cooperation with other groups and agencies.

Cash assistance also poured in from various groups and individuals. The cash, turned over in the form of checks were delivered personally to Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City by a designated representative of Mayor Lobregat together with the city government’s assistance of P1 million to each of the local government unit concerned.

These groups that responded through cash donations included the Progressive Mason Club-Zamboanga chapter, Amity Club-Zamboanga Chapter, Zamboanga Chinese Friendship Association and Lin Tick Kiong Temple which contributed a total of P200, 000 (P100,00 each for CDO and Iligan); Zamboanga City GMA Fishing Corporation which contributed a total of P100,000 (P50,000 each for CDO and Iligan) and Benny Yu, who contributed a total of P100,000 (P50,000 each for CDO and Iligan).

“We thank all those who responded to our call for assistance to the victims of tropical storm Sendong”, the mayor said as he stressed that the Zamboangueños have always displayed unity and solidarity, strength and courage not only in times of adversities but in times of triumph.

The mayor likewise expressed appreciation to the ADZU and Tzu Chi Zamboanga and all other coordinating groups for spearheading ‘Tabang Sendong’ campaign as well as concerned individuals and other groups that initiated their own campaigns—all for the same purpose—to help the victims of tropical storm Sendong. — Sheila Covarrubias