Lobregat leads tribute for Robredo at City Hall PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 14:28

Mayor Celso Lobregat led a simple yet memorable tribute for the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo at City Hall conference room yesterday morning in time for the latter’s state funeral in Naga City.

The tribute was held shortly before Lobregat turned over six vehicles to the local police, which Robredo would have attended if he were alive as he was a frequent visitor of the city every time the city government inaugurates a project or turns over a facility to the police.

In his message, Lobregat showed video clippings of Robredo’s messages when he came to the city on various occasions to grace the turnover of infrastructure projects in Culianan, turnover of 10 computers each to 5 high school and 5 elementary schools, and the turnover of 85 firearms and ammunitions to the Zamboanga City Police Office.

In one of his recent visits to Zamboanga City, the late Robredo was very much impressed by the design of new barangay halls. “I thought we will be turning over a municipal hall. Hindi pala. Barangay hall lang pala sa inyo,” Robredo had said.

“This facility shows how we take care of the young and the old. How we take care of them now is how they will take care of us in the future,” Robredo had said when he graced the inauguration of the senior citizen’s building and daycare center in Culianan.

On January 11, 2012, Robredo together with then PNP Chief Director General Bacalso came to Zamboanga to grace the turnover of 85 firearms to the ZCPO and this is what he had to say: “Let me express our gratitude to Mayor Lobregat and the Sangguniang Panlungsod for supporting the city police. Ang ating punong lungsod hindi lamang ang mga bagay na derektang responsibilidad na tinutulungan n’ya pati po ang ating ka-pulisan. Katuwang po natin si mayor sa pag bibigay ng kakayahan sa ating mga police.”

For his part, Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Napoleon Estilles described the late Robredo as the brave among cabinet members as he was the first and so far the only secretary to have ever set foot on Albarka, Basilan, where a number of government troopers were killed by rebels.

“He went to Albarka against the advice of the intelligence group,” Estilles said of Robredo.

For his part, DILG City Director Atty. Mohammad Taha Arakama recalled how the late secretary dealt with the DILG workers specifically at the local level. He stressed the late Robredo had instituted various reform programs that that promote transparency and good governance in LGUs all over the country.
Also present during the tribute were some councilors, city department heads led by City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr., other police officers and the business sector together with Dr. Milabel E. Ho, president of the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), and Dr. Milavel Nazario, president of the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST). — Vic Larato