PAPI honors top solons, Lobregat as awardee PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 August 2015 12:41

by Jubels Santos

Zamboanga City District 1 Representative Celso L. Lobregat is one of the awardees for The Outstanding Congressmen/women of the Philippines (TOCP) Award of the Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PAPI) this year.

The recognition and honors conferment rites will be held during the culminating dinner program of the PAPI Midyear Convention at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Makati City on the evening of August 28, 2015.

According to PAPI President Luis T. Arriola, based on the TOCP Search criteria and the House of Representatives records made available, the TOCP Search Committee has chosen Lobregat among the many nominees. Eight will be accorded the highest honors.

The TOCP 2015 awardees include Representatives Gary Alejano (Magdalo Party-List), Amado Bagatsing (Manila, 5th District), Leopoldo Bataoil (Pangasinan, 2nd District), Neri Colmenares (Bayan Muna Party-List), Jonathan dela Cruz (Abakada Party-List), Luzviminda Ilagan (Gabriela Party-List), Celso Lobregat (Zamboanga City, 1st District) and Samuel Pagdilao (ACT-CIS Party-List).

Those who will receive Special Honors Citation include House Deputy Speaker Giorgidi Aggabao (Isabela, 4th District), Representative and Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (Pampanga, 2nd District), Representatives Gina De Venecia (Pangasinan, 4th District) and Emil Ong (Northern Samar, 2nd Disrtict)

The TOCP Search, Arriola explains, seeks “to publicly recognize and honor deserving members of the lower chamber of Congress who, as direct representatives of their constituents, have exemplarily discharged and performed their mandated duties, obligations and responsibilities in both quantitative and qualitative terms, and contributed significantly and meaningfully to the promotion of public welfare.”

Under the mechanics of the TOCP Search, nominees may be submitted by any individual, organization or institution. The nominees are screened by a TOCP Search panel based on a set of quantitative and qualitative criteria, official records and public and private demeanor of the nominees.

Lobregat was nominated by Mr. Marcelino Joaquin Ledesma Velasco, Epic Records, Sony Music Contract Artist and a Zamboanga City resident. Lobregat thanks PAPI for the recognition.

PAPI President Arriola said “they have decided to resume their annual TOCP Search after a brief respite, following the expose of major fund scams in government last year where some members of Congress were involved.”

COMELEC Chairman Andres Bautista is the Guest of Honor and Speaker for the occasion. — Jubels Santos