Celso unveils P6.9M Red Cross building PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 May 2012 16:00

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday afternoon led city government officials in unveiling and turning over to the local Red Cross Chapter, the P6.9 million PRC building and blood center, as he vowed to continue support and assistance to the premiere humanitarian organization.

Mayor Lobregat, who is a Red Cross Governor, said the project, funded by the city government, is intended to improve blood bank service and give the PRC Zamboanga workforce an environment conducive to their work.

Lobregat was ably assisted by Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and the members of the City Council during the ceremonial turnover of the structure to Red Cross officials headed by Administrator Vic Liozo Jr. and the chairperson of the Board of Directors Dr. Milagros Fernandez.

The project involved the rehabilitation of the old and dilapidated Red Cross building. The structure is now an imposing 2-storey edifice with a unique architectural design that complements the other structures in Pettit Barracks, which is named as a heritage zone.

Aside from the building, the City Government has also donated a P500T-generator set for the blood bank; donated an ambulance to the Red Cross and allocated P1.4 million for the training of 143 volunteers in the different barangays.

The city government likewise under the administration of Mayor Lobregat has continued the annual subsidy of P1.8 million which will be increased to P2.5 million in the 2013 budget, for the blood program and other Red Cross services.

As this developed, both Dr. Fernandez and Liozo expressed gratitude to the Lobregat administration for the unceasing assistance and support stressing that all these undertakings will be for the benefit of the residents of the city.

The inauguration and turn over ceremony was highlighted by the oath-taking of the newly-elected officers of the Red Cross Board of Directors. — Sheila Covarrubias