Celso thanks PAF for nat’l recognition PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 13:51

Mayor Celso Lobregat has expressed elation and gratitude to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) for the honor given him as the PAF Reservist of the Year in recognition of his contributions to the Air Force Reserve Command and the PAF in general.

Philippine Air Force Commanding General Lt. Gen. Lauro Catalino de la Cruz personally handed over the award to Mayor Lobregat during rites coinciding with the 65th Founding Anniversary celebration of the Philippine Air Force held at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City yesterday morning.

Mayor Lobregat, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, is the commander of the 61st Air Force Reserve Group. His contributions to the force came in the form of infrastructure projects, the latest of which is the P1.4 million multi-purpose gazebo intended for the 6th Air Force Reserve Center. On the pipeline are comfort and shower rooms also for the Reserve Forces based at the Edwin Andrews Air Base (EAAB) in Sta. Maria.

Other projects amounting to almost P8 million that include road concreting and drainage systems have been constructed and implemented inside the base and are now benefiting the airmen, airwomen and the reservists.

Lobregat vowed that the city government’s support and assistance to the Air Force and the Reservist Command will continue for the benefit of all Philippine Air Force members who are serving the city and the country with all gallantry and bravery.

He stressed that the projects implemented inside the EAAB prove that the city government under his leadership is not only concerned of all sectors regardless of the location or area.

Lobregat was the only awardee for the Reservist of the Year category in the entire country.

Last December 2011, 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.

The PAF anniversary celebration yesterday was themed “PAF @ 65TH, Bagwis ng Kapayapaan, Tagapagtanggol ng Kalayaan”. — Sheila Covarrubias