Beng leads 77th Charter activities PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 February 2014 14:06

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday led Zamboangueños in the celebration of the 77th Charter Anniversary dubbed “Dia de Zamboanga” with the theme “Build Back Better” demonstrating strength and determination amidst the trials.

Climaco walked hand in hand (kapitbisig) with the members of the City Council, as she led the grand civic military parade that started at Ledesma Street towards Paseo del Mar where a commemorative program with  Spanish Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Ignacio Perez Cambra as guest of honor, was held.

Multi-sectoral groups reaching thousands participated in the parade despite the scorching heat and other challenges. The parade lasted for over an hour.

The program was highlighted by the awarding of plaques of appreciation to individuals and agencies-government, non-government and civil sector organizations which supported and assisted the city during the siege and even in the ongoing recovery and rehabilitation stages.

Climaco expressed appreciation to all those who helped in the protection and defense of Zamboanga City during the conflict last September and for staying united in the conviction of one flag, one nation and one City of Zamboanga. “Por el dedicao esfuerzo y servicio ya extende con el pueblo soberano para el proteccion y defensa del Ciudad de Zamboanga durante el conflicto del Septiembre 2013 y por estar unido na conviccion de Un Bandera, Un Nacion y Un Ciudad de Zamboanga.”

“Con agradecimiento, el Gobierno Local de Zamboanga tambien ta reconoce el asistencia ya rindi para na alivio, recuperacion y rehabilitacion del Ciudad despues el Crisis,” she said.

The mayor was joined by Congresspersons Celso Lobregat and Lilia Nuño, Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and members of the City Council during the program.

In the morning, the activities reeled off with the inauguration of the Zamboanga Cinematheque, a project of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) at the Legionaire Road in Zone IV and the opening of the 2nd Zamboanga International Film Festival also at the cinemathueque.

An open air peace concert capped the Dia de Zamboanga celebration yesterday.

The Dia de Zamboanga marks the day when the first set of Zamboangueño officials were finally entrusted to look after the city and attend to its affairs 77 years ago yesterday.  It took four months since the formal signing of the cityhood before locals were allowed to govern the city.

Commonwealth Act 139 otherwise known as the Charter of the City of Zamboanga was approved on October 12, 1936 by President Manuel L. Quezon. The celebration of Dia de Zamboanga every February 26 is based on resolution 669 approved on Oct. 15, 1986 declaring February 26, 1987 as the 50th Anniversary of the formal inauguration of Zamboanga as chartered city and proclaiming February 26th every year as Dia de la Ciudad de Zamboanga. It marks the day when the first appointed officials of the City led by then Mayor Nicasio Valderroza were sworn into office. — Sheila Covarrubias