Mayor Climaco swears in Aranez-led ZCWD board PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 January 2015 17:11

The new board of directors of the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) led by Chairperson Engr. Efren Aranez were formally sworn into office Thursday, January 15. They will serve a term of two years, 2015-2017.

Jose Vicente “JV” Atilano, who was appointed to represent the civic clubs sector in the board effective January 1, 2015 sits as the board secretary. He is the newest member and will serve the board for six years.

Mayor Beng Climaco, who is the appointing authority based on an existing law, administered the oath of office of Engr. Aranez as board chair, Edwin Caliolio (education sector) as vice chairman, Atilano as secretary and Dr. Mila Fernandez (professional sector) as member. A representative from the women sector has yet to be filled up.

Aranez, a former mayor and vice mayor of the city, represents the financial institution sector. After his retirement from the public service, he remained active in numerous activities in view of his membership in various organizations that exist to serve the people. He stressed it is his desire to help the needy and the oppressed and as chairman of the board (of ZCWD) he vowed to work hard to improve the services of the water district and ultimately ensure a better life for people in the barangays.

Meanwhile, City Legal Officer Jesus Carbon declared that it is the prerogative of the mayor to appoint anyone provided he or she meets the qualifications in reference to some criticisms pertaining to Atilano’s appointment. He said the water firm submitted a substantial list of nominees, including Atilano, who was endorsed by the civic clubs as their representative.

Mayor Climaco, Carbon further revealed, made her decision after careful consideration of all candidates and eventually named Atilano as her pick.

He also corrected reports of a possible mother-son team up in the Board. “While it is true that Atilano’s mother, Nelida, was also a member of the Board as the representative of the women’s sector, she has since resigned her post long before the younger Atilano took his oath of office.”

Atilano has been actively serving the community through his civic clubs- the Rotary Club-ZC West and Kabalikat Civicom Association Inc. where he excels either as an officer or plain member. In 2005 to 2006 as Club Secretary, he was given a District award as Most Outstanding Club Secretary. As Club President in 2006 to 2007 he was given a District award as the Most Outstanding President. He as well, received many recognitions for his club that Rotary year, among which are: Most Outstanding Club, Most Outstanding Secretary, Highest Per Capita Contribution to the Rotary Foundation, Best Public Relation/Public Image Project, Highest Contribution to the Rotary Foundation, Best Community Service Project, Best Club Bulletin, Outstanding Avenue of International Service, Outstanding Avenue of Vocational Service, Most Outstanding Avenue of Community Service, Most Outstanding Avenue of Club Service, and two Rotary International Presidential Citation. The highest District position he held was Assistant Governor and was given a District award as Most Outstanding Assistant Governor for Rotary Year 2009-2010. He is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow.

Atilano is also a Lifetime Subscriber to the Philippine Rotary Magazine. He is recognized with 100% attendance since 2002.  Presently, he is the The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Annual Fund Giving Assistant Chair for Zones 10 & 11.  Dir. Atilano is also a member of the Zamboanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Incorporated since 2008, and has served as its Treasurer from period 2010 to 2013, and presently as Auditor. — Sheila Covarrubias with reports from Claudine Uniana