City Hall holds 1st flag raising rites Since Zambo City crisis PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 14:02

For the first time in 42 days, City Government workers yesterday morning converged in front of City Hall for their Monday flag raising rites indicating normalcy in government operations and in general, the city of Zamboanga.

Mayor Beng Climaco together with City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. spearheaded the simple ceremony with the City Health Office under Dr. Rodel Agbulos as program sponsor.

The last time that City Hall held its flag raising ceremony was on September 2, a week prior to the Zamboanga crisis perpetrated by lawless elements affiliated with the Nur Misuari faction on September 9, the time when City Hall operations were suspended.

Work resumed in City Hall on September 30 but the flag, which has been hoisted since day 1 of the crisis, was lowered to half mast in honor of the fallen soldiers, policemen and civilians. Last October 7, the heavy rains also caused the suspension of work in City Hall and other government offices.

In her brief message, the mayor called on the employees to continue to have faith on Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar, as she attested miracles that happened in the city the past days.

“Last October 12 we woke up in the morning with heavy rains but before the 2:30 procession and all throughout the mass, the rain stopped, it was cloudy but there was no rain,” she divulged as she recounted miracles exhibited by the La Virgen del Pilar based on stories told to her by some of the hostages released at the height of the crisis in Zamboanga last month. “It was really the Lady of the Pillar that gave them the mantle of protection”.

“When they were in the hands of their captors, they said they saw signs of her presence”, she affirmed. “Let us continue to have faith in our blessed Mother, con el maga Muslims, si Sitti Mariam, let us believe that Zamboanga City is our, Zamboanga belongs to our children y juntu-junto kita ase lebanta con el Zamboanga”.

The mayor on the other hand, called on all city government officials and employees to join hands and help in the rebuilding of the city.

A special flag raising ceremony is set next week where the city will pay tribute to all those who have died in order to defend the city and its people from threats from lawless elements. — Sheila Covarrubias