Lobregat takes oath for another congress term PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 June 2016 11:57

District 1 re-elected Congressman Celso L. Lobregat took his oath of office before City Prosecutor Ricardo G. Cabaron in a simple ceremony held at his Congressional Office along Nuñez St. last June 14.

Lobregat was overwhelmed and in humble way expressed gratitude to District 1 constituents as well as to the entire for their continued support, trust and confidence in him as a tried, tested and can be trusted official.

Completing his present term in the 16th Congress for three years, Lobregat has shown the people of Zamboanga the true and determined kind of public servant and representative the city must have in the national front, defending the constitution, upholding the best interest of Mindanao and Zamboanga City in particular.

Lobregat comes from an illustrious family of leaders from Mindanao. His grandfather Pablo Lorenzo, was once mayor of Zamboanga City and a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1934. In the Quirino administration, Don Pablo Lorenzo held several cabinet positions, which included Secretary of Education and Secretary of Public Works. During the Macapagal administration, he was the Chairman of the Development Bank of the Philippines.

Celso’s mother, Maria Clara Lobregat, was a Delegate to the 1971 Philippine Constitutional Convention and was a three-term Congresswoman of Zamboanga City, starting 1987. She was elected City Mayor in 1998 and re-elected in 2001.

Celso finished his grade school and high school at De La Salle University, Manila. Thereafter, he enrolled at the Ateneo de Manila University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with honors. He took up his post graduate studies at the Asian Institute of Management graduating in 1972 with a Masters in Business Management.

Before entering public service, agriculture and business had been Celso’s field of concentration and expertise. He worked for the Elizalde group of companies for 11 years and held several key executive positions such as Marketing Manager for Elizalde International, and Managing Director and General Manager of Tanduay Distillery. It was during Celso’s watch that the firm exported its products for the first time to the US market and won several medals and awards in various international competitions of wines and spirits.

In 1998, he ran for Congress under the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino representing the Lone District of Zamboanga City and won with her mother as Mayor.

In terms of projects, Congressman Lobregat’s performance has been marked with a sterling record, unprecedented and unequalled in the history of Zamboanga City. During his first term 1998 - 2001, national projects worth over P2.2 billion were initiated and/or implemented.

Cong. Lobregat has always been a defender of the City’s interest in the ARMM, Cabatangan and plebiscite issues, starting from his active participation in the No SPCPD Campaign in 1996 up to the present issue on the Bangsamoro Basic Law where he defended the interest of the city till the very end.

Celso, a fearless fighter of good government. Even before he joined the government via his election in 1998, he had been a strong advocate of good government and accountability in public office. His belief was founded on the Constitutional tenet that Public Office is a Public Trust.

He was elected mayor for three terms, replacing his mother Maria Clara Lobregat FROM June 30,2004 till June 30,2013. He was elected again for Congressman of District I and served his incumbent term from June 30,2013 till June 30,2016. – Dexter Yap