Celso sponsors house, lot for Kabang’s owner PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 14:20

Rudy Bunggal, the homeless owner of hero dog Kabang, will soon have his own house and lot at the City’s Tulungatung Resettlement site.

Thanks to Mayor Celso Lobregat, who volunteered to shoulder the payment of the property on condition that Bunggal takes very good care of Kabang, who, the mayor said, has brought pride not only to Zamboanga but to the country and especially to the dog owner.

“The house is non-transferrable and that Mang Rudy has to make sure that he takes very good care of Kabang”, the mayor stated.

Lobregat along with City Veterinarian Mario Ariola, Land Housing and Management Division Chief Rodrigo Pagotaisidro and Dr. Anton Lim, who originally took care of Kabang after the December 11 vehicular accident that ripped the dog’s face, brought Bunggal to the Tulungatung Resettlement site yesterday afternoon to show the available units and the surroundings.

Under the housing and resettlement program of the City, Bunggal, an informal settler at the Nuñez Extension, is qualified. And to avail of the program, a beneficiary has to pay a minimal monthly amortization of P400 a month for 25 years for the lot before the property’s title can be awarded to the said beneficiary. The houses built in the area are under the joint City-Gawad Kalinga projects and are sponsored by various agencies and organizations.

However in Bunggal’s case, Lobregat has offered to personally pay for the property as well as to shoulder the other necessary provisions such as the door, division and, comfort room septic tank among others to make the house habitable and pave the way for the immediate transfer of Bunggal and Kabang.

The mayor said Bungga’s house will be nearer to his soon to be job, which will be in the Dacon Company located in the neighboring barangay.

Bunggal was ecstatic and grateful to Lobregat for the grant and when asked how he felt for receiving such a blessing, he said the feeling is like winning in a lottery. “Nagustuhan ko ang lugar. Dako kaayo ang akong pasalamat kay Mayor kay gihatagan ko niya ug balay ug yata”.

As an informal settler in Nuñez extension, Bunggal stressed he can be evicted anytime. “Ug pahuwaan ko didto sa Nuñez wala na put ku ug balay”. He said he will transfer to the house soon together with Kabang. “Ako lang mag-isa pati si Kabang, ang asawa ko ayaw dito  kay malayo daw”.

For his part, Dr. Anton Lim thanked the mayor for sponsoring Bunggal’s house and lot. “It’s a very decent housing, we want that the neighbourhood is safe, with clean air pate el lugar hinde makamiedo kay perde el pero. We will just make provisions so that the area will be dog friendly and safe for Kabang”.

He said the house and lot is very apt for Bunggal compared to the present area where the latter stays. “We told him that whatever blessings he is getting right now, it is because of his dog, Kabang and so he should try to change his life for the better”.

Kabang, a shepherd mix (Aspin), is hailed a hero after saving two children from a potentially fatal accident in December 2011. Her heroic act ripped off her face posing medical complications if not treated. Her amazing story moved people from all over the globe that led to a fund-raising drive that shouldered her and Dr. Lim’s flight to and from Zamboanga to UC Davis Clinic in the US and vice versa and the subsequent surgery and treatment.

Kabang arrived from the States in Manila on Saturday and Zamboanga on Sunday through a hero’s welcome. A motorcade that included a side trip to City Hall, was held in her honor Monday morning.

Lobregat has named Kabang, as the city’s Ambassador of Dog will by way of a symbol of the city’s recognition and promotion of animal rights and welfare. — Sheila Covarrubias