Celso commits rehab of Red Cross youth hostel PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 May 2012 15:10

Mayor Celso Lobregat on Friday reaffirmed his commitment and support to the Red Cross vision and mission as he announced the city government’s plan to rehabilitate and improve the two-room youth Red Cross hostel facility in Pettit Barracks.

The announcement came, as the mayor turned over to the Red Cross Zamboanga chapter the P6.9 million Red Cross building and blood bank center which the city government funded and initiated.

He said some P1.4M has been allocated to expand the youth hostel so it can accommodate more clients and better serve the public.

In his message during the turnover ceremony, which was graced by Philippine Red Cross Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang, Lobregat underscored the vital role played by the Red Cross directors, officers, staff and volunteers in making the Red Cross a great humanitarian organization.

“Without the Red Cross officers, staff and volunteers, Red Cross will not be a great humanitarian organization”, the mayor, who is a Red Cross Governor, emphasized.

He said his commitment to public service and the Red Cross specifically is a continuation of the tradition stated by his grandfather Don Pablo Lorenzo and his mother the late Maria Clara Lobregat, former congresswoman and mayor who was bestowed the Gold Humanitarian Award—the highest PRC award for her exemplary achievements.

“When I assumed as mayor in 2004, one of the things I continued was the yearly assistance to the Red Cross which was P1.8 million and which will be increased to P2.5 million in 2013”, he said.

The Red Cross building, he recounted, was a project that took several years to materialize. “When we finally got the approval of the plans, we immediately started the work for this 708 square meter-building”.

He hoped that the building, which is an imposing 2-storey edifice with roof and with a unique architectural design, will be a benchmark and showcase to other Red Cross chapters in the country.

The mayor likewise stated that the Regional Blood Center proves that Zamboanga is indeed the regional center in the Zamboanga Peninsula despite the assertions of other local government units.

He stressed that the city government will continue to assist and support the Red Cross for as long as he is mayor.

Aside from sustaining the yearly subsidy to the Red Cross and the construction of the P6.9 million building, the city government also donated a P500T worth generator set for the blood bank; donated an ambulance to the Red Cross and allocated P1.4 million for the training of 143 volunteers among others.

The city also never fails in forging partnership with the Zamboanga Red Cross chapter in all community development activities foremost of which are the bloodletting and fund raising programs. — Sheila Covarrubias