CSC nominates Lamitan City in Seal of Excellence PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 13:02

Lamitan City, the fastest growing city in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has been nominated by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in the Seal of Excellence nationwide in terms of good governance, transparency and good housekeeping.

Lamitan will compete with Marikina City.

All records, documents and other important data relative to the event have already been gathered by the CSC and the result may come out anytime, according to Lamitan City Mayor Roderick “Oric” Furigay during his State of the City Report (SOCR) last Monday held at the Datu Dizal Cultural Center in Lamitan.

“We don’t expect to be awarded…,but by becoming a nominee alone is a great honor for Lamitan as an infant city. Marikina City is a perennial winner of this search. But we are so proud that among the newly created cities in the country, Lamitan was among those chosen by CSC. We should be proud of being Lamiteños,” Furigay stressed in the opening of his SOCR which was attended by thousands of Lamiteños including those in the government service, NGOs, the academe, the youth sector, PNP and the military.

Aside from waiting for the result of the said search, Furigay humbly announced that earlier, Lamitan City has been awarded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the same category and a P10 million worth of projects is coming for the infant city as its prize.

He said that DILG assistance is of big help in terms of improving the city in its infrastructure projects that the LGU has lined up for next year, the last-termer chief executive said as he happily announced that in  2012, Lamitan will already get its Internal Revenue Allotment share as a component city in the amount of P 312, 076,000.00.

Also in attendance during Furigay’s SOCR were Basilan Provincial Governor Jum Akbar and Vice Governor Al-rasheed Sakalahul.

A special thankhas been extended to the lady governor by the Lamitan city government for her support when the premier town in Basilan Province was reverted back to its municipality status.

Furigay said that hundreds of contractual employees were supposed to be laid off but Gov. Akbar came in to assist Lamitan by providing a program for the displaced government employees.

“Though we have political differences in the past, I’m happy that it was set aside for the welfare of our people,” Furigay said as he vowed to give his full support to the leadership of the lady governor.

It was the first time that Akbar attended the SOCR of Furigay. — Jimmy Villaflores