PCL officials vow to help promote Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 September 2012 14:18

They are not Zamboangueños but top officials of the Philippine Councilors League holding their 3rd National Assembly in Zamboanga City have vowed to be the city’s ambassadors of goodwill and help bring out the good, positive, best and beautiful of Zamboanga.

And unlike the doomsayers and skeptics, PCL officials said they believe in the capabilities and the important role of Zamboanga in the development of Mindanao which explains why they unanimously agreed to hold their 3rd National Quarter Assembly here.

PCL President Alma Moreno-Salic of Parañaque City, PCL National Chairman Allan Zulueta of Tagum City, PCL Secretary General Ramon Tabor of Cagayan de Oro City and PCL committee chairman Jesus Manuel “Bong” Suntay of Quezon City were one in saying that holding the event in Zamboanga is testament of their individual trust and confidence in Zamboanga as a safe, peaceful and bustling city.

Zulueta said some 1,000 PCL members from all over the country came to Zamboanga to attend the event despite the bad weather and negative perceptions. “We are here to help promote Zamboanga City, a very peace place in Mindanao”.

“We need to really open up Zamboanga to the different councillors so they will be able to learn some best practices in Zamboanga”, the Tagum City Councilor said stressing “as chairman of the PCL Board, I really requested that we give Zamboanga the chance to host [this event], after 22 years of existence of the PCL because will one way or the other prove really that Zamboanga City is a safe and beautiful place”.

He expressed admiration to the way Mayor Celso Lobregat, who hosted the welcome dinner Wednesday, presented the enormous projects and programs of the local government implemented without the help of any financial institutions, in his welcome message. “Nakikita po natin kung gaano kalakas ang liderato ni Mayor Lobregat and this is one reason that drove me to make Zamboanga as venue of this event”.

PCL President Moreno thanked Mayor Lobregat and the City Council of Zamboanga for the very warm welcome and very successful PCL national activity.
Specifically, she said she was touched by the mayor’s issuance of an executive order declaring the period Sept. 9-15 as PCL Week in Zamboanga, which she said is the first ever for a local government unit in areas where the PCL held its convention.

Executive Order CL 472-2012 enjoins the residents of Zamboanga to extend a warmest welcome to the PCL delegates as well as enjoins the business community to join the significant occasion by giving discounts and/or promotional materials to the delegates patronizing their establishments.

“Nagpagawa pa ng executive order si Mayor, first time na makatanggap kami nong ganon, thank you Mayor Lobregat”, Moreno said.

Moreno also expressed awe and delight in the many things that she was able to learn from Zamboanga, specifically in the city’s implementation of projects using only local funds.

“Napakabait po ng mga tao dito sa Zamboanga City at makikita po ng mga PCL members na hindi totoo yong sinasabi nilang magulo ang Zamboanga”, Moreno stressed.

PCL Sec. General Tabor said he will encourage his people to come and visit Zamboanga City, as he described it to be a peaceful, booming and progressive city.

“Ever since, I have been impressed with Zamboanga City under the leadership of Mayor Lobregat and that is why the PCL came here to prove to all and sundry that despite the negative publicities, we believe that it is safe in Zamboanga City”, Tabor said.

For his part, Quezon City Councilor Suntay described Zamboanga as a very nice place and said the PCL did not make a mistake in holding the event here. “Zamboanga City is a very nice city, yong beauty ng Zamboanga City hindi masyado naha-highlight, pag pinag-uusapan ang Zamboanga sa Luzon ang nasa isip magulo but that is farthest from the truth”.

He said it is but proper that the PCL hold more activities in Zamboanga adding that a positive aspect is not only about the oneness of the community with its natural setting but the numerous attractions and places available to visit.

Meanwhile, Mayor Lobregat expressed delight that the PCL officials have good impressions of Zamboanga and are themselves offering to be the city’s ambassadors of goodwill.

He lamented that despite the generally positive feedbacks received from the visitors, some sectors, particularly those he termed as “prophets of doom” choose to highlight the negative and the ugly.

“Let us talk about the good, the best, the positive and the beautiful about Zamboanga”, the mayor appealed anew. — Sheila Covarrubias