Celso to Service Awardees: Carry on with your dedication to public service PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 11:23

Mayor Celso Lobregat has exalted the city government’s 331 Service Awardees and urged them to carry on with their dedication to serve the public even as he stressed that the local government is endowed with talented, efficient and caring workforce.

Speaking at the 3rd Service Awards rites in City Hall last December 30, Mayor Lobregat took pride in his administration’s efforts at recognizing the employees’ indispensable role in the achievement of an all-encompassing and service delivery-driven public service.

“Many times over I have cited the contributions of the city government workforce in the quest for efficient and prompt public service,” the chief executive said, stressing that with the support of the local government workforce, Zamboanga City has moved into a new era defined by strong fiscal management skills, competence and a glowing reputation recognized not only by local but national and international leaders and organizations as well.

Lobregat was referring to the numerous awards bestowed on the city, among which was the Most Outstanding Local Chief Executive award by the Association of Local Social Welfare and Development Officers of the Philippines,  Inc. for three consecutive years, that elevated him to the Hall of Fame. “This is a proof that the city government is promptly and efficiently implementing social service programs for its people.”

“Another proof of our groundbreaking accomplishments,” he further said, “was the conferment of the three special awards by the Asian Institute of Management (AIMS) Policy Center, GTZ and USAID in the 2009 Philippine Cities Competitiveness Ranking Project.”

These recognitions included the Best in Entrepreneurs’ Award for Most Honest and Transparency in its Dealings, Special Award for Best in Disaster Preparedness and Special Award for Best in Documentation.

In addition, Zamboanga City under the present administration was also cited for three consecutive years as the most supportive local government unit nationwide in the anti-drug program and the chief executive was also a Hall of Famer in the Sandugo Award for Local Government Executives in recognition of his continuous support and commitment to the National Voluntary Blood Services Program of the Philippine National Red Cross.

“Zamboanga City under our leadership also continues to be a teacher of good practices in the implementation of different programs on education, health, social welfare, public safety and even in crisis management,” Lobregat said.

According to him, however, all these achievements and accomplishments would not have been possible without the contributions of the city government workforce— “without you— service awardees…and all these efforts are being done not because of the awards but because of our commitment and dedication to public service.”

The Service Awards, now on its third year, is one of our administration’s endeavors to demonstrate continuous gratitude and appreciation to the most important resource in our organization. The awardees exemplify the ability, motivation and innovation of the local government workforce.

The awardees included 293 employees who have served the city government 25 years of continuous public service as of 2009 and 38 others completed 25 years of uninterrupted service as of 2010. -- Vic Larato