Saturday, 26 February 2011 16:12
Twelve institutions and individuals who have attained exceptional achievements and victories in various fields of endeavours compose the list of this year’s Local Achiever Awards highlighting the Dia de Zamboanga celebration.
Mayor Celso Lobregat led city government officials last night in giving special recognition to the achievers in fitting rites held at the Garden Orchid Convention center.
The awardees, who were chosen by a screening committee, include Nestor Necessito, Leo RM Estrella and TV Patrol Chabacano (Mayor’s Award), Al Hassan Hassiman (Top Individual Taxpayer), ZC Mega Shop-O-Rama Inc. (Top Corporate Taxpayer), Prof. Norma Conti (Culture and Arts), Dr. Edwina Cabato (Public Service), City Treasurer Soledad Li (City Government Service) and Dr. Anton Mari H. Lim (Community Service).
Posthumous awards were given to Talisayan Teacher Lorna Pulalon who was slain October 22 by an ex-convict who went on a stabbing spree in her school exemplifying love and dedication to the teaching profession and PO1 Douglas K. Pineda who was killed while trying to respond to a holdup incident downtown last November.
Businessman Atty. Arsenio Gonzales was bestowed the Orgullo de Zamboanga Premiar, the highest award intended to people whose leadership and achievements are worth emulating and an inspiration to others.
Atty. Gonzales is recognized for his invaluable services and unparalleled contribution to the growth and development of the City of Zamboanga and the region. His apolitical involvement with government agencies and public offices has been instrumental to the realization of various accomplishments which include, among others, the enactment of the Traffic Code of Zamboanga and the Investment Incentive Code of 2004.His untiring devotion to public service is manifested by his inestimable participation, then and now, to various movements and organizations which have instituted positive changes in the society.
In his message, the mayor cited the awardees for their exceptional achievements and whose feats have made Zamboanga City truly proud of. “These are people who have made a strong and deep dedication to pursuing a particular goal. That dedication took a tremendous amount of effort.”
The Local Achievers’ Award is one of the pre-Dia de Zamboanga activities which culminate today with a grand parade and commemorative program to be keynoted by Navy Flag Officer-in-Command Rear Admiral Alexander Pama.
Members of the City Council and other officials joined the chief executive in presenting the awards to the local achievers. — Sheila Covarrubias