Lobregat gets PAF Reservist of the Year award today PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 July 2012 13:45

Mayor Celso Lobregat will be feted today as the PAF Reservist of the Year in recognition of his continuous support and assistance to the Philippine Air Force through various projects.

The awarding ceremony will coincide with the celebration of the 65th founding anniversary of the Philippine Air Force (PAF)-6th Air Force Wing Reserve, at 8am today at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.

Mayor Lobregat, who has the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and is the Group Commander of the 61st Air Force Group Reserve based at Edwin Andrews Air Base, in this city, is the lone Reservist of the Year awardee in a search that was launched nationwide.

As a reservist, Mayor Lobregat has helped in the improvement of the 6th Air Force Wing Reserve as well as the 6th Air Reserve Center. He initiated various projects inside the Edwin Andrews Air Base (EAAB), the latest of which is the P1.4 million multi-purpose gazebo which serves as the venue for assemblies, gatherings and other activities of the members of the 6th Air Reserve Center. On the pipeline is the construction of comfort and shower rooms also for the 6th Air Reserve Center.

As of August 2011, projects implemented by the city government through the initiative of Mayor Lobregat have reached P7.6 million. The projects include road concreting and drainage systems  among others.

Last December 2011, Mayor Lobregat was also conferred the InStep Award for Professionalism also known as the Reserve Officer of the Year Award during the 32nd Founding Anniversary of the Air Force Reserve Command held at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga.

Former 6th Air Reserve Center Commanding Officer Col. Abner Maranon said Mayor Lobregat’s initiatives and projects impact the lives of the airmen, airwomen and reservists. “This shows that he is always there to serve in the Philippine Air Force though he is a very busy Mayor of the City”.

“This shows that LTC. Celso L. Lobregat PAFR, has a very professional character. Even though he is a mayor, he still gives his support and performs his duty as an officer of the reserve force”, Col. Maranon emphasized.

The PAF anniversary celebration, themed “PAF @ 65TH, Bagwis ng Kapayapaan, Tagapagtanggol ng Kalayaan” will be spearheaded by Philippine Air Force Commanding General LtGen. Lauro Catalino de la Cruz and other officials. — Sheila Covarrubias