City rehabs Red Cross Youth Hostel PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 December 2012 14:29

Displaying commitment to humanitarian services, the City Government through the initiative of Mayor Celso Lobregat, has earmarked P1.4 million for the repair and improvement of the Red Cross youth hostel in Pettit Barracks that serves the needs of Red Cross clients and travellers.

The rehabilitated and improved hostel was formally turned over December 17 by Lobregat together with Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and some members of the City Council to the Red Cross Zamboanga Chapter headed by board chairperson Dr. Mila Fernandez and Administrator Vic Liozo Jr.

The project is the second infrastructure facility turned over by the City Government to the Red Cross this year. Last May 25, Lobregat, a Red Cross governor, also spearheaded the turnover of the P6.7 million expanded and renovated blood bank.

“These are improvements that the City Government has done for the Red Cross. We are doing this for all the citizens of Zamboanga City as well as from the other provinces who come here for the services of the Red Cross”, Mayor Lobregat declared during the turnover ceremony Tuesday.

The Red Cross Youth Hostel was one of the first infrastructure projects of the late Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat with a cost of P8 million. It was inaugurated and turned over on February 5, 2000.

After 12 years, based on request of the Red Cross administrator Liozo, the City Government undertook the renovation of the hostel to make it more suitable to the needs of the Red Cross and the clients.

From the previous two rooms—one for females and the other for males, the hostel’s second floor now houses 6 rooms—3 for males and 3 for females that will a more decent and affordable accommodation for convention or assembly participants in the future.

Dr. Fernandez in her message during the turnover attested that “the magnanimity and generosity of the City Government to the Red Cross is really something to be proud of”.

“This is one City wherein the Local Government Unit works hand in hand with the private organization and it is only here where we can see how the City Government through the mayor and the City Councilors are helping make a dent in the growth and development of Zamboanga City”, Fernandez stated.

She urged Red Cross volunteers and staff to “always remember that good governance is the most important ingredient if you want to have a good leader. And so in the forthcoming elections, reflect upon the people who really help us, those who help others should be rewarded”.

As volunteers, Fernandez said, the board of directors of the Red Cross are very happy that there is a city government that is willing to help the Red Cross. “If it is not helping, we will be having a hard time, because there is a government that is willing to help, it makes our task easy”.

Also present during the blessing and turnover were Councilors Lilia Nuño, Myra Paz Abubakar, Rey Candido, Noning Biel, Nonong Guingona, VP Elago, Eddie Saavedra, Percival Ramos and Rogelio Valesco Jr. and guests FEBARKAZA president Art Onrubia, former CSWDO chief Francisco Barredo, Homeowners’ and People’s Organization president Violy Alejandro, young entrepreneur BG Guingona and Zone III chairman Tito Espiritusanto, other Red Cross board of directors and several others. — Sheila Covarrubias