‘Regatta de Esperanza’ launched PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 11:11

The Department of Tourism-9 launched yesterday a project dubbed as “Regatta de Esperanza” at Paseo del Mar.

The project aims to create livelihood for indigenous people affected by the MNLF attack on Sept. 9 which caused a three-week crisis in Zamboanga City.

Most affected areas are Barangays Rio Hondo, Mariki, Sta. Barbara, Kasanyangan, Talon-Talon and Mampang.      The affected indigenous people, including Samal and Badjao, make their living from fishing and making vinta sails.

DOT-9 Director Mary June Bugante disclosed that the project’s specific objective is to harness tourism as a means of creating jobs for communities in order to provide income and opportunities to the affected people.

Samal and Badjao women who produced 50 colorful vinta sails and ishermen who own vintas participate  in the Regatta de Esperanza.

The project also aims  to promote peace and order and at the same time use the event as a beacon of hope in the road to recovery and in rebuilding the devastated areas of Zamboanga City.

The activity also intends to instill in the hearts of all Zamboangueños the account of how its people underwent the ordeal and won the battle. A turn of unwelcome events that will certainly contribute a signinficant chapter in the history of Zamboanga  Hermosa.

Leading the launching of the project were Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar and Director Bugante. Partner institutions are the Zamboanga City Polytechnic College, Dept. of Social Welfare and Development and the Zamboanga City Government. — Allen  Abastillas