Celso leads Zambo folks in tribute for former dad PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 August 2011 15:44

The city government yesterday afternoon paid tribute to the late Ramon Escobar Saavedra, former City Councilor, for his noteworthy service and contributions to the city of Zamboanga and its people.

In his eulogy during necrological rites at Chapel M in La Merced Memorial Homes,
Mayor Celso Lobregat described the late Saavedra as meek yet intelligent; tough yet down-to-earth; a man of vision and character.
“I saw in him the sincerity and humility in public service even in his own private capacity,” the mayor said of the late Saavedra, with whom he said, engaged in many occasions particularly during activities or program related to agri-fishery.

Saavedra, who served as member of the City Council representing the agricultural sector from 1989 to 1992, died August 5 at the age of 75. He is survived by his wife, Lusminda Pacquingan, and children, Ramon Jr., Anthony Roderick (deceased), Maria Cristine, Anna Margaria, Valery, Philip and Maria Eloisa, who are now successful in their respective fields, in-laws, and grandchildren. He will be laid to rest on August 13, 2011 at at the Forest Lake Phase 2  after the 2 p.m. mass at the Tetuan Parish.

Lobregat said that Saavedra had distinguished himself as a sectoral councilor, having authored/co-authored 22 ordinances in three years from February 23, 1989 to March 18, 1992.

Foremost of Saavedra’s legislations that to this day bear impact on the lives of many Zamboangueños are the ordinances that created the technical-vocational schools in Ayala and Vitali; an ordinance naming the then Curuan Medicare Community Hospital to Cristino M. Paragas Memorial Community Hospital.

He also co-authored ordinances establishing national high schools in barangays Talisayan, Limpapa, Cabaluay and Arena Blanco; and ordinances creating barangays Tagasilay, Kasanyangan, Pasobolong, Victoria and Zambowood.

After his stint in the city council, he continued his public service in various capacities— consultant of the Guiwan Farmers Association; chairman of the Regional
Agriculture & Fishery Council and Provincial Agriculture & Fishery Council; president of the Zamboanga City Federation of Farmers Association, and several other organizations, to name a few.

In recognition of Saavedra’s untainted public service, Lobregat has issued Executive Order No. CL 416-2011, expressing the city’s condolence and deepest sympathy to the bereaved family, relatives and friends, as well as expressing the city’s profound gratitude for his exemplary public service to the city of Zamboanga.

He has also ordered all offices and agencies of government to have the national flag flown at half-mast on Saturday, August 13, 2011, marking the former dad’s interment.

The mayor during the necrological services presented to the bereaved family the executive order while Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde presented the Council resolution of condolence.

The Saavedra family, during the necrological services, was represented by the late councilor’s wife Luzminda, children Ramon Jr., Ma. Cristina, Anna Margarita, Ma. Eloisa and Valery, son in law Andrew, daughter-in law Lourdes, grandchildren Louie, Katrina, Vincenzo, Thonet Erica and Judd Peter and great grand daughter Zoe OIivia. — Vic Larato