Celso receives Silver Humanitarian Award PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 April 2016 13:41

Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon and Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang personally handed the Silver Humanitarian Award to Zamboanga City District 1 House Representative Celso Lobregat in awarding ceremonies held recently at the PRC Convention Center in Mandaluyong City and attended by more than 600 Board of Directors (BOD) from the 102 chapters and sub-chapters of the Philippine Red Cross in the entire country.

The Silver Humanitarian Award is the highest National Award given to a top local official of the Philippines who has done an exemplary voluntary public service to the Philippine Red Cross organization.

Chairman Gordon enumerated the numerous contributions of Lobregat in his stint as four-time governor of the Red Cross. He has served for more than 12 long years in his voluntary capacity in saving lives.

Gordon said he considers Lobregat as one of the pillars of Red Cross, considering that he has followed the footsteps of his mother the late Ma. Clara Lobregat who is a historic Golden Humanitarian Awardee.

Red Cross Secretary General Pang also commended Lobregat for his untiring support and physical presence in all the major endeavors of this non-profit organization, even to the extent of reaching out to personally lend a hand to those who are victims of natural calamities all over the country.

Since the time he was a mayor and until he became a congressman, his contributions are exemplary which led him to become the recipient of such awards in humanitarian service.

With Lobregat were two other Zamboangeños who also received an award from the Red Cross —  Director Rosalina Bulawin of Zamboanga City chapter and former PRC Administrator Vic “Catala” Liozo who received the Loyalty Award for serving 38 years in the organization.

The solon vowed to continue his public service in the Philippine Red Cross to be able to serve not only the Zamboangeños, but also the entire country in general being a non-profit organization.

“It’s heart-warming when you are recognized by an organization of which you lesser expect, by simply doing what you have to do without expecting something in return is very valiant,” Lobregat said. — Dexter Yap