Celso pays tribute to late Dr. Silapan PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 July 2012 15:42

Mayor Celso Lobregat paid tribute to the late City Health Officer Dr. Rogelio Silapan, who died of lingering illness last week, during the necrological service yesterday afternoon at the lobby of City Hall.

Lobregat also extended the heartfelt sympathy of the city government and the constituents to the survivors of the late Dr. Silapan, especially to the wife Noemi and the children Rydney, Ranel, Marlou and Mylene and their loved ones.

“Please know that your grief is shared by countless others throughout the city who have one way or the other came to know Dr. Silapan who exemplified the virtues of humility, commitment and dedication to public service,” he told the family.

Citing Ken Murray’s Wall Street Journal article “Why Doctors Die Differently,” Lobregat said death walks in darkness and carries away young and old, rich and poor, good and wicked and regardless of one’s profession—engineer, teacher, lawyer or doctor.

“It’s not something that we like to talk about, but doctors die, too. What’s unusual about them is not how much treatment they get compared with most Americans, but how little. They know exactly what is going to happen, they know the choices, and they generally have access to any sort of medical care that they could want. But they tend to go serenely and gently,” the mayor said quoting the article.

“By our judgment,” the mayor continued, “doctors or physicians, with their extensive knowledge in medicine, are supposed to be mindful of their own well-being, cognizant of the effects of anything that is lacking or anything that is in excess.” “While they give instructions for strict compliance of their patients, some doctors take the opposite approach when treating their own health concerns. Some of them had not even had their blood pressure taken for months, had never had an electrocardiogram or ECG or had not undergone physical examination in years. Some of them have heart problems, some are overweight while others smoke too much.”

Dr. Rogelio Silapan passed away July 6 at the age of 74, due to lung cancer caused by smoking. Dr. Silapan was a general practitioner who rose to become the City Health Officer from July 1, 1988 to December 31, 2002. “All through his life, he took good care of his patients and showed compassion to sick people that he forgot and turned a blind eye to his own well-being.”

According to him, many of the present crop of City Government workers and officials may not be aware of the contributions of the late Dr. Silapan to the City but “if we look back in our history we will not fail to see that we have been blessed with God’s favor and will not fail to see the important role played by Dr. Silapan who spent a total of 35 years and 4 months of his life to the service of the Zamboangueño community.

Dr. Silapan started as a general practitioner right after passing his licensure examination in November 1963. In 1987, he pursued his Masteral Degree in
Public Administration from the University of the Philippines and obtained his title a year after.

In 1988, he was appointed City Health Officer by the late Mayor Vitaliano Agan. He served the City of Zamboanga with much dedication and service until his mandatory retirement on October 18, 2002. His efficient and effective leadership style at the City Health Office however impressed Ma’am Caling, who assumed as mayor in 1998. Ma’am Caling extended his services from October 19 to December 31, 2002 or a period of over two months, with the approval of then Civil Service Commissioner Karina David.

“Cuando ele vivo, nuay kita y yo personalmente tene tiempo para rindi gracias con Dr. Rogelio Silapan por su maga buen esfuerzo y contribucion na ciudad de Zamboanga. I can see his wife Noemi, the children Rydney, Ranel, Marlou and Mylene, other relatives and loved ones present this afternoon, and so I wish to convey my sincere gratitude to him through all of you. Como alcalde del Ciudad ta rindi yo mi gratitud y ta ofrece yo mio simpatia con ustedes.The entire officialdom of the city government of Zamboanga share in your loss and hour of bereavement,” the mayor said.

As a tribute to Dr. Silapan’s contributions to the city, the mayor has directed all offices and agencies of government in the city to hoist the Philippine flag at half mast yesterday, June 11, the day of interment.

After the necrological service, Dr. Silapan’s remains were burried at Forest Lake Memorial Gardens in Tumaga.  — Vic Larato