Celso challenges Sibugay Red Cross to be separate chapter PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 14:02

Philippine Red Cross Governor and Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday challenged the Sibugay Red Cross sub-chapter to be an independent and separate chapter or unit that is able to meet the needs and challenges of the future.

An attached unit of the Zamboanga del Sur Red Cross Chapter, the Sibugay Red Cross has persevered through disasters, health challenges and provided lifesaving blood and taught lifesaving skills to people in the area, according to Lobregat.

“However, as the days progress, the challenges and adversities become more daunting and more demanding. The weight of expectations is heavier calling for more efforts to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Red Cross governance for the benefit of the people in the area. This will mean facing the challenges with a sense of collective responsibility and with a sense of urgency”, the mayor said in his keynote message during the 2nd Biennial Assembly of the Sibugay Red Cross Sub-Chapter under administrator Hilario Miranda Jr., at the Sibugay Hotel in Ipil April 23. 

Necessary in attaining this status, the mayor said is the compliance of numerous requirements that include consistent and aggressive advocacy campaigns for blood donations through bloodletting and fund raising initiatives to support its ongoing and vital mission. Very imperative also is the collective responsibility and support of the stakeholders—the populace, the local government unit and all the sectors in the area so that your aspiration to be a self-sufficient, self-supporting chapter will be achieved”.

The mayor likewise thanked and extolled the Board of Directors, delegates and volunteers of Sibugay Province for their aggressive spirit of volunteerism in the service of humanity through the Red Cross movement.

Without the volunteers’ perseverance and compassionate spirit, Red Cross cannot carry out much less succeed in its mission, he stressed.

He hoped that the Sibugay Red Cross sub-chapter can realize its goal of being an independent and separate chapter from Zamboanga del Sur when it convenes again for its 3rd Biennial Assembly.

“I believe more can be achieved if the Sibugay Red Cross will be an independent and separate chapter or unit—a chapter with its own building and its own facilities and a chapter that the Philippine Red Cross can rely upon in the delivery of the many services it offers and a chapter that is able to meet the needs and challenges of the future,” the mayor said.

Mayor Lobregat also took the opportunity of thanking the Sibugay Red Cross board of directors, volunteers and other delegates for their support to him during the 29th Biennial National Convention where he was re-elected as member of the Board of Governors of the PRC for the third consecutive term.

Also present during the assembly were  Ipil Municipality Mayor Eldwin Alibutdan, Sibugay PRC Board of Directors chair Meliton Pihid, Zamboanga City Red Cross administrator Vic Liozo Jr. and representatives of Sibugay Governor Rommel Jalosjos and Sibugay 1st District Congressman Romeo Jalosjos and many others. — Sheila Covarrubias