Celso prefers Basilan Red Cross to be independent PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 August 2012 14:06

Mayor Celso Lobregat believes that more can be achieved if the Basilan Red Cross will be an independent and separate chapter or unit of the Philippine Red Cross Zamboanga City Chapter, saying that it has now become the living symbol of help and hope for the Basileños and for all humanity in times of calamity and disaster in partnership with other stakeholders in the province.

Speaking at the induction of the incoming officers of the Basilan Red Cross in Isabela City yesterday morning, Lobregat said time is ripe for Basilan Red Cross to be independent, a chapter with its own building, its own facilities and a chapter that the Philippine Red Cross can rely upon in the delivery of many services it offers, and a chapter that is able to meet the needs and challenges of the future.

However, he stressed that critical to attaining this independent status is the compliance with 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,” Lobregat, a governor of the Philippine Red Cross, told the Basilan Red Cross officers after inducting them to office.

Lobregat together with PRC Zamboanga City Chapter Administrator Vic Liozo took the first trip of a fast craft yesterday morning to Basilan to keynote the 6th Induction Ceremonies of the Basilan Red Cross at the Querexeta Formation Center in Isabela City.

Upon arrival in Isabela, Lobregat and Liozo proceeded to the Basilan Red Cross building where they found out that its blood refrigerator has long been out of order, prompting him (Lobregat) to immediately call PRC Chairman Dick Gordon, asking the latter for a replacement of the refrigerator, to the delight of the Basilan Red Cross volunteers.

Before proceeding to the Formation Center, Lobregat paid a courtesy call on Isabela City Mayor Cherry Akbar at her residence.

In his speech, Lobregat could not help but share his last moments with the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo in Manila last August 16, two days before the latter’s plane crashed in the sea off Masbate.

It was then when Lobregat together with other city officials handed over to Robredo the P10-million check, representing Zamboanga City’s assistance to the habagat victims in 19 municipalities in Luzon. A video footage of Robredo’s message, thanking Lobregat and the city government of Zamboanga for the assistance, was also shown during the induction rites.

Also gracing the occasion were Isabela City Mayor Cherry Akbar, Basilan Vice Governor Al-Rasheed Sakalahul, ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman’s eldest son Egr. Kifli Hataman Salliman and Nida Dans.

Inducted were the Board of Directors and Officers of the Basilan Red Cross, namely; Bernardita F. Hontucan, chairperson; Jessica E. Flores, vice chairperson; Jaime Juanito A. Rivera, secretary; Laura W. Alano, assistant secretary and treasurer; Moh. Noore H. Ladjagais, assistant treasurer; Rowell C. Acaylar and Hegem C. Furigay. — Vic Larato