Visiting coop leaders find Zambo peaceful PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 February 2013 11:06

A number of cooperative development officers from the different provinces nationwide arrived in Zamboanga yesterday and found the city peaceful, contrary to what they used to hear on television newscasts or read in the dailies.

“Hindi magulo sa Zamboanga. In fact, it’s more fun to be in Zamboanga,” Cely Atienza, president of the National Cooperative Development Officers of the Philippines, declared when asked why they chose Zamboanga City to host the national cooperative development convention in October this year.

The cooperative development officers are here in Zamboanga form the 6th National Tripartite Conference in preparation for the national convention slated for Oct. 9-11, which will jibe with this year’s Zamboanga Hermosa Festival.

The group paid a courtesy call on Mayor Celso Lobregat in City Hall yesterday morning, during which the chief executive briefed the visitors on the tourism and economic potentials of Zamboanga, and some issues affecting the city’s image.

Atienza shared the mayor’s views that when something happens in Zamboanga City it is unfairly magnified that would scare people from mother parts of the country to come.

For her part, Lilia Ko, provincial cooperative development officer of Benguet, said before coming to Zamboanga she was a bit scared.

“I’ve been hearing and reading in newspapers na ang Zamboanga ay napaka-gulo. Pero nung dumating po ako, I have proven na hindi pala totoo,” Ko said. “Zamboanga City ay safe. Kung may mangyari na hindi maganda yun ay hindi kagustuhan,” she added.

Coordinating the tripartite conference was Councilor Myra Paz Valderrosa-Abubakar together with Councilor Percival Ramos. — Vic Larato