Lobregat cites Tzu Chi for humanitarian missions PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 January 2012 17:14

On behalf of the thousands of Zamboangueño beneficiaries, Mayor Celso Lobregat thanked the Tzu Chi Foundation for its continued and ever-expanding humanitarian assistance during the Year-End Blessing program, Saturday night at a local hotel.

Lobregat, who was also invited to deliver his Chinese New year message, took the time to express his gratitude to the foundation whose major effort is to provide basic assistance to the less privileged.

The Mayor also encouraged all the volunteers to practice the 5Cs as he paraphrased the video message of the foundation’s leader Master Cheng Yen. The 5Cs stands for conscience, commitment, consistency, competence and courage.

The activity also highlighted the 2011 accomplishment reports of the above group which include their humanitarian services rendered during calamities.
Tzu Chi Foundation is also one of the prime groups that reached out to the Layag-Layag community which eventually led to the donation of the “Bagong Pag-asa” boats which became the major transport of students to their school at Talon-Talon Elementary School. Prior to the donation, the students used to swim before reaching the school.

The same foundation also responded to the needs of the victims of typhoon Sendong. A truckload of relief goods, clothing and bedding were transported to the most damaged areas in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.

Among other things, according to Dr. Anton Mari Lim, local coordinator of Tzu Chi Zamboanga, the event also served as a thanksgiving night since it is conducted before the Chinese New Year today. He said that this year’ s new year celebration is significant and historic since it is the first time that the date was declared as a non-working holiday nationwide. — Richard Aliangan