Celso leads tribute to former City Secretary PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 May 2012 13:44

Mayor Celso Lobregat and Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde yesterday afternoon led city officials in paying tribute to the late Clementino Natividad, former City Secretary, who passed away Sunday, May 6 at the age of 95.

Lobregat presented to the late Natividad’s daughter, Sonia, Executive order 453-2012 expressing the city government’s gratitude and thanks for Natividad’s invaluable public service as well as conveying the city’s deepest sympathy and condolences for Natividad’s passing.

Iturralde together with Councilors Rudy Lim and Myra Paz Abubakar likewise presented City Council Resolution 413 expressing deep sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.

The tribute was done after a mass at the La Merced Chapel A where Natividad’s remains lie in state until today. It was attended by Natividad’s relatives and loved ones, city council members and officials and staff, department heads and other city employees. Interment is set today, May 12.

Natividad served as City Secretary from 1967 to 1975 during the term of Vice Mayor Vinnie Atilano. He devoted approximately 40 years of his life to the service of the Zamboangueno community.

Natividad started serving the public in 1936 as assistant to Red Cross dentist under the Division Superintendent of Schools and moved on to become attendant clerk and later clerk-messenger in the City Health Department. In January 1938, he underwent military training through the United States Army Forces-Far East (USAFFE). After his training in July that same year, Natividad returned to the city government service, this time as clerk at the Census Advisory Board under the Office of the Mayor; became assistant sanitary inspector at the City Health Department and later on moved to the Department of Justice as clerk. In December 1941 he was called to the active military service and inducted into the USAFFE, to help protect the country from aggression, a mandate he nobly fulfilled until March 1946.

After serving the military, he resumed his duties as clerk at the DOJ until he was promoted to deputy sheriff in 1954 and finally appointed during the term of Vice Mayor Vinnie Atilano in 1967 as City Secretary, a position he held until his retirement in 1975.

Lobregat’s executive order enjoins all offices and agencies of government in the city to hoist the Philippine flag at half mast today May 12, the day of Natividad’s interment. — Sheila Covarrubias