Beng pays tribute to Orendain PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 13:10

by Sheila covarrubias

Mayor Beng Climaco together with her entire executive department last July 2 paid tribute to former City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. demonstrating gratitude and appreciation for his “more than a decade of outstanding and dedicated service to the public.”

As City Mayor and as a Zamboangueño, Climaco said she is saddened that Orendain bids farewell to City Hall as an outstanding city administrator for more than 15 years.  Orendain’s services to the people of Zamboanga- serving 4 city mayors, beginning from the time of Mayor Caling Lobregat to her administration cannot even be least described as exemplary, according to Climaco.

In a letter she handed to Orendain during a testimonial luncheon last July 2, Mayor Climaco said the latter exhibited the epitome of a true and genuine public servant who sacrificed personal life in favour of public service and concern for others.

Last September 2005, the Civil Service Commission conferred on Orendain the prestigious Pag-asa Award, an honor award program recognizing government officials and employees who have displayed outstanding work performance.

Mayor Climaco likewise extolled Orendain for his commendable performance as ground commander during the siege specifically in managing and supervising the mobilization of government resources and coordination with concerned agencies. “I am genuinely grateful for your immense leadership during the dark days of the September 2013 Zamboanga siege. You stood as a solid rock in the times of turbulence and chaos, but at the same time displayed calmness in the days of volatility.”

She expressed delight in having worked with  Orendain not only in her  present administration but also when she was a young City Councilor, later as City Vice Mayor and eventually as Representative of the City’s first district.

“It is indeed with deep sadness that the circumstances demand that it is I, as the City Mayor, who has to accept your resignation as the City Administrator of Zamboanga. But I am sure that you shall always continue serving the people of Zamboanga. That has always been the Sir Jun that I know,” she declared.

The mayor said she will not bid Orendain goodbye “but rather we shall always work together, one way or another in ‘Building Back a Better Zamboanga.’

Mayor Climaco and the City Department heads feted Orendain to a luncheon tribute at a restaurant in Pasonanca July 2.

Meanwhile, the City Council on Tuesday, July 7, formally presented to Mr. Orendain a resolution commending and due recognition for his invaluable services and contributions rendered to the City Government as city administrator.

Unanimously approved by the members of the City Council, the resolution stressed that in the performance of his duties, Orendain “exhibited his exceptional prowess in putting the affairs of the city in order, a man who can stand pressures with stability and strength knowing fully well the complicated situation of the city’s urban core by restoring order and discipline in all public places in this city; by consistently and successfully enforcing the laws and ordinances fairly and justly; and has been instrumental in the recovery of financial losses of the three economic enterprises, now an income generating enterprises.

The August body likewise hailed the former city administrator for his prudent and well-calculated moves and actions as executive officer of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council from 1998-2013; his entrepreneurial leadership style in managing the public markets and other economic enterprises; his unsullied loyalty and dedication to public service   regardless of the leadership and his humility and kindness as a person.

Orendain resigned June 22 but served until June 30, the date of expiration of his appointment as City Administrator. — Sheila Covarrubias