Celso names PFLCW delegates as Zambo’s ambassadors of goodwill PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 January 2012 14:19

Saying that Zamboanga is peaceful and vibrant, Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday named the more than 200 delegates of the 9th General Assembly of the Philippine Federation of Local Councils of Women (PFLCW) as the city’s ambassadors of goodwill.

“I am hopeful that you will bring back to your respective cities and provinces great memories of Zamboanga, and I wish that you will again include our city in your future travels and you will be our ambassadors of goodwill and tell the real story about the good, the best, the positive and the beautiful of Zamboanga,” Lobregat told the delegates of the three-day 9th General Assembly of PFLCW at the Grand Astoria Hotel.

Anchored on the theme, “LCW: Bridging Economic Gaps by Providing Tools for Self-Sufficiency,” the chief executive said the assembly provides the city the opportunity to showcase the achievements and plans of action of the Local Council of Women spearheaded by Dr. Mila Fernandez, Councilor Lilia Nuño, and Councilor Myra Paz Valderrosa-Abubakar along with other active and energetic women of Zamboanga.

He said the city always takes pride in its most anticipated and successful activities every year like the National Women’s Month celebration and the Pink October Walk where thousands of people, mostly women in their pink shirts, march on downtown streets to dramatize the campaign against breast cancer, and to raise funds for cancer victims.

“We also train our women for livelihood skills in coordination with TESDA. Maternal and Child care services have also been conducted, year-round sessions on community participation skills development, year-round advocacy sessions on anti-violence against women and children pursuant to RA 9262, year-round advocacy on the rights of women and children,” he said.

And the most celebrated feat in the cause to protect the women from abuses, the mayor said, is the city’s unrelenting campaign on Anti-Trafficking against Women and Children with the creation of the City Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Trafficking (CIACAT) pursuant to Executive Order No. CL-59-2005, which gave impetus to the campaign on Trafficking in Persons in Zamboanga.

“Arrests of suspected traffickers have been made, victims have been rescued and cases have been filed in court. Most of all, we have already secured six convictions, thanks to City Prosecutor Darlene Pajarito who also chairs the Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Trafficking or RIACAT,” Lobregat further told the delegates.

Lobregat in his message also informed the delegates about the competitive advantages of the city from its rich history to its robust economy, including Zamboanga’s branding of being “Asia’s Latin City.”

Among other speakers yesterday were former Senator Miguel Zubiri and Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. Teddy Casiño.

Leading the assembly were he Founding Chairperson of PFLCW, Myrna T. Yao, PFLCW National Preident Rosalind Wee and the 8th General Assembly Chairperson, Mayor Airene Libunao. Among those in attendance were municipal and city mayors from the different parts of the country, including Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn Uy. — Vic Larato