Celso cites PICE’s vital role in building a city PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 July 2012 14:26

Mayor Celso Lobregat Wednesday night underscored the very essential role of the Civil Engineering sector in the task of building a progressive and developed city as he thanked the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) for being the city’s partner in development.

“I take this as a golden opportunity to cite the very essential role that your organization plays in the task of building a progressive and developed region, city or municipality which is also the main goal of any local government unit”, the mayor said in his keynote speech during a fellowship Wednesday night with some 200 PICE members from all over Zamboanga Peninsula including some areas from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Civil engineering, he stressed, requires the passion for solving complex technical problems; civil engineers deal with scientific equations and are tasked to come up with creative structural designs. On the other hand, local government units are tasked to govern and to set out plans and programs, he said.
“In a concerted fashion, the civil engineers and the local government units should be one and united in the task of providing the best for the people and the city”, the mayor asserted. Due to the competence and creativity of the civil engineering sector, the local government, specifically in Zamboanga City is achieving its mission and vision.

Building schools, roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects results to the provision of basic needs to the constituents and ultimately making them productive citizens of the society.

Mayor Lobregat took the opportunity of giving the PICE members a glimpse of the City’s massive and sustained infrastructure program, which he said is a result of the effective partnership of the LGU and the civil engineering sector.

After laying the foundations of sound fiscal management during the first three years of his term, the mayor initiated the massive implementation of projects that have reached 2,045 worth over P3.3 billion undertaken in a 3-year period from 2009-2011 without having to borrow a single centavo from any financial institution.

The infrastructures cover the construction/repair of school buildings and other education-related projects, construction/rehabilitation of roads, flood control projects, bridges, barangay halls, health centers, hospitals, office buildings, fire and police stations, development of parks and gardens, water system, covered courts, pathway, site development and other structures and facilities that accelerate delivery of services.

The city government of Zamboanga or any local government unit for that matter depends on the expertise, competence and technical know-how of the PICE to fully realize all its plans and programs, Lobregat said.

He called on the civil engineers to continuously support the local government and to remain committed to their calling. “A local government unit cannot build a city or province alone but it requires the support and assistance of all sectors specifically the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers”.

The PICE members are currently attending the 5th Regional Technical Conference at the Marcian Garden Hotel, hosted by the PICE-Zamboanga Chapter under the leadership of Engr. Edmond Dimaano.

Also present during the fellowship night were former PICE-Zamboanga president Engr. Antonio Sta. Elena, DPWH officials and other guests. — Sheila Covarrubias