Lobregat thanks local contractors for helping ZC’s progress, dev’t PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 December 2010 11:38

Mayor Celso Lobregat thanked Wednesday the Los Contratistas de la Ciudad de Zamboanga for helping in the progress and development of Zamboanga City by getting involved in community-related issues and activities.
“Give back to the community in whatever means you can. You have shown this last year when you actively participated in the very laudable 10Rs Project. Thanks to you and every one who helped, the project was a huge success. It demonstrates that when we work together, there is very little that we cannot do,” Lobregat stressed during the 10th induction of officers and new members and Christmas Party of the local contractors’ group.
As the occasion’s theme suggested, Lobregat said integrity means choosing the right thing regardless of its consequences. “It means have the courage to say no, to stand up for what is right, to do what is right and to face the truth,” he said with emphasis on the event’s theme “Integridad… El Llave de Progreso para Adelanta el Zamboanga.”
“I am pleased with the choice of your theme as it indicates not only your desire for progress, for the city to continue moving and maintain its lead of the pack. Bust most importantly, it shows that with the contratistas’ general success this year, you still strive for integrity in what you do.
He quoted American author John D. MacDonald who has said that “Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn’t blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won’t cheat, then you know he never will.”
“Every job, every transaction,” according to the mayor, “reflects on the company, so it is very important that you uphold your company’s image.  “Clients want to do business with a company they can trust, one that will not cheat them in any way.  Even when no one is watching, all of us must strive to do the right thing at all times,” he added.
He said the local contractors themselves can attest to the fact that the city government under his administration has heavily invested in infrastructure projects, most of which had been undertaken by the different construction companies.
The chief executive also informed contractors that on the same day (Wednesday afternoon) the City Council has approved the ordinance, increasing the city’s real property tax.
He said that 50% of every peso in real property tax automatically goes to the city’s Special Education Fund, which in turn will be used to finance the massive school building projects, pay the salaries and wages of the Local School Board teachers and many other needs of the education sector. “This is so because the education sector is the biggest beneficiary of the real property tax.”
Present during the event were Councilors Myra Paz Valderrosa-Abubakar, Rudy Lim and Percival Ramos together with all the officers and members of the Los Contratistas de la Ciudad de Zamboanga headed by its president Engr. Edmond Dimaano. -- Vic Larato