City gov’t fetes 2016 local achievers PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 February 2016 11:51

The City Government Thursday night laid out a red carpet ceremony to fete 8 Zamboangueños and locally based companies or establishments that brought honor and prestige to Zamboanga City in celebration of the 79th Dia de la Ciudad de Zamboanga.

Dubbed as the “Local Achievers’ Awards”, the annual event was one of the pre-Dia de Zamnboanga activities which culminated Friday with a grand military parade and commemorative program.

Mayor Beng Climaco spearheaded the ceremony with Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and extolled the awardees for their exemplary contributions to Zamboanga.

Leading the list of Local Achievers this year is former City Police Director PSSupt. Angelito Casimiro who was bestowed the Achiever in Public Service and former Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Director Zenaida Arevalo who was conferred the Achiever Award on Community Service.

International weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz was honoured as the Achiever on Sports, Ben Ang (Hung He Ping) of the Happy Convenience Center garnered the Investment Promotions award while Eagle Scout Jericho Ortega was bestowed a special citation for exemplary achievement in the Scouting Movement. Hacienda Palmeras was conferred as the Tourism Oriented Establishment.

The Culture and the Arts Award was conferred to the internally-acclaimed Zamboanga Hermosa Chorale.

This year’s Top Local Corporate Taxpayer is the Coca-Cola Femsa Philippines while Al Hassan Hasiman was conferred the Top Individual Taxpayer.

February 26 marks the day when the first set of city officials led by appointed Mayor Nicasio Valderosa was installed into office 79 years ago following the signing of the Charter of the City of Zamboanga by then President Manuel L. Quezon on October 12, 1936.

The Commonwealth bill that eventually became an Act creating Zamboanga as Charter City was authored by Assemblyman Juan S. Alano. — Sheila Covarrubias