In honor of the significant contributions of the agencies and institutions during the September 2013 war, the City Government of Zamboanga awarded several national and local government units, universities, military groups, business establishments and other organizations that helped alleviate the crisis that transpired last year. Among these awardees is the Western Mindanao State University for the significant initiatives its administration has undertaken during and after the war.
WMSU President Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho received the award from the City Mayor, Hon. Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar on Wednesday, February 26. Through Dr. Ho’s leadership, WMSU opened its doors to the victims of the war by opening a satellite emergency hospital at the Juanito Bruno Gymnasium to house the patients of the Zamboanga City Medical Center. The University has also partnered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the registration of the displaced families and in the preparation of food packs for the evacuees in different evacuation centers. These are among the many notable contributions of WMSU during the outbreak of the war.
The awarding was formally held in line with the celebration of the 77th Dia de Zamboanga—an annual celebration of the day when the first officials formally took office. The theme of this year’s festivity is “Build Back Better” –in line with the government’s move to rebuild Zamboanga City. Different schools, government sectors and military groups paraded from downtown Zamboanga to the grounds of Paseo del Mar to gather as one since the President of the Philippines has formally issued Proclamation 717 declaring February 26 as a special non-working holiday in the City. (AJ Dalugdug – PAO, WMSU)