JCI Mindanao helps generate funds for Zambo City rehab PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 December 2013 10:58

A total of P600,000 was recently turned over to the City of Zamboanga by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) for Mindanao headed by its newly elected Area Vice President for 2014 Hegem C. Furigay. The financial assistance was received by Councilor Vincent Paul Elago, who represented Mayor Isabelle “Beng” Climaco Salazar at the Mindanao Civic Center in Tubod, Lanao del Norte last December 8, 2013.

In an interview, Gem Furigay pointed out that under his administration, he would encourage all JCI chapters in Mindanao to center their projects into helping rebuild Zamboanga City following the economic and psycho-social devastation caused by the recent war between the disgruntled group of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), Nur Misuari wing and the Philippine Armed Forces.

Furigay said that helping Zamboanga City became very sentimental to him because he was elected as JCI Area VP on September 8, 2013 and the war erupted just a day after his election. He was also once a JCI President for Lamitan City.

Furigay also explained that the fund-raising was made successful through the sincere help of Lanao del Norte Governor Khalid Dimaporo, who donated P500,000 from the provincial government and coursed directly to the City of Zamboanga. The P100,000 was donated by Mayor Benjie Baguio from the municipal government of Kapatagan. Witnessing the donation were JCI Philippines President Christine Ponce Garcia, JCI Central Mindanao Regional Vice President Pempee Fetalvero, Panguil JCI President Modie Buendia and other JCI officers of the entire Mindanao region.

Meanwhile, Councilor VP Elago expressed sincere gratitude the entire citizenry of Zamboanga City for the kind and benevolent help extended by the JCI, the provincial government of Lanao del Norte and the local government of Kapatagan Municipality and assured that the said assistance will truly help in the rehabilitation of the City of Zamboanga.

Finally, Furigay said he is now moving from one chapter to another in the entire Mindanao region and expressed optimism that JCI will continue to raise  funds to help not just the City of Zamboanga but all other calamity stricken areas in Mindanao.

“This is our commitment,” Furigay said.