Mayor Freddie Siao extended his heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated crew members of BRP General Mariano Alvarez (PS38) and BRP Nestor Acero (PG901). He specifically commended Commander Emmanuel A. Pantaleon and Commander Harvey R. Lustre, as well as the Zamboanga City Western Command of the Philippine Navy, for their unwavering support of the Diyandi Festival.

Mayor Siao expressed his encouragement at witnessing the Philippine military not only safeguarding the nation’s waters but also actively participating in the festivities that bring the community together. He emphasized the significance of such involvement in fostering unity.

Furthermore, the Mayor took a moment to express his appreciation for the Open Ship Tour, an initiative that allowed the public to interact with these naval assets and gain insights into the remarkable work carried out by the dedicated naval personnel. This unique opportunity, according to Mayor Siao, offered residents a chance to connect with their armed forces on a personal level.

Mayor Siao acknowledged that the presence and support of the Philippine Navy significantly enhanced the experience of this year’s festival, reinforcing the strong bond between the city and its armed forces. In closing, he extended his sincere thanks and expressed anticipation for future collaborations and partnerships, looking forward to further strengthening the ties between the city and its defenders.

Photo credits: Mayor Freddie Siao