Various groups seek Arañez’ re-appointment in ZCWD board PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 November 2012 14:24

Various groups comprising the business and financial institutions in Zamboanga have strongly endorsed the re-appointment of former Mayor Efren Aranez as member of the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) board representing their sector.

Aranez, a civil engineer by profession, was appointed to the board on February 6, 2009 to serve the unexpired term of business sector representative Vicente Jaldon, who passed away due to lingering illness.

Officials and members of the Zamboanga Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Inc., Los Contratistas de la Ciudad de Zamboanga, United Coconut Planters Bank and Zamboanga Real Estate Board, Inc. believe that Aranez, being a former city councilor, vice mayor and mayor and a civil engineer with 51 years experience can best
represent their group and serve not only at the ZCWD board but even the entire city of Zamboanga.

Aranez is the only civil engineer in the board and has tremendously contributed to the welfare of the ZCWD and the consumers, thus, deserve to continue serving the sector in the board, the groups declared.

Based on provisions of Presidential Decree 198, the appointing authority for the ZCWD which is the City Mayor is expected to appoint the business/ financial institutions representative on or before December 15. The appointment term is for 6 years.

Aranez first joined the government service in the City Engineer’s Office in 1971 as civil engineering aide II, rose from the ranks and got optional retirement as Assistant City Engineer in 1981. From then he served in other agencies and organizations in various capacities that included as small and medium scale industry coordinator for Zamboanga at the Ministry of Trade and Industry from May 1974 to October 31, 1981; as deputy area manager at the Ministry of Human Settlements from Nov. 1, 1981 to August 31, 1985 and later as acting area manager in the same agency from Sept. 1, 1985 to May 31, 1987.

In 1988, he was elected city councilor, a position he served with dedication and commitment until June 30, 1992 that led to his re-election which he served with the same zeal and fervour from July 1992 to March 20, 1995. Due to his’remarkable accomplishments, he was elected vice mayor in 1995 and served until 1998. On April 1 to June 30,1996 he was acting mayor of the city.

Aranez assumed as city mayor by succession from March 23 to June 30, 1998. He was appointed by Mayor Celso Lobregat as director of the ZCWD board on February 6, 2009, a position which he serves with ingenuity, compassion and integrity until the present.

Aranez was conferred the Outstanding Alumnus of Class 1955 in recognition of his achievements in the field of Public service by the ZCHS on August 28, 1979; conferred i   the Outstanding Service Award of Zamboanga City Rotary Club (East) in 1980; most outstanding commission chairman of the Zamboanga Jaycees in 1970 and his Jaycee Chapter awarded the Most Outstanding Jaycee chapter in 1969. He was also recognized for his voluntary services rendered in support of the humanitarian work of the RedCross; generous support, solicitious concern and commitment to the program of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and numerous others.

Aside from his mandated responsibilities, Aranez is also pre-occupied with his socio-civic duties as president of the Foundation for the Development of Children Inc. (from 1986 to present); director for life of the Philippine Red Cross-Zamboanga chapter (from 1979) and as member of the Zamboanga Realtor’s Board (from 1998), National Association of Mapua Alumni-Zamboanga Chapter Association of Government Engineers of the Philippines, Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) and Hamilton Jaycees, Canada.

Aranez also served as president of United Way-Zamboanga Chapter from 1986 to 1996; president of Zamboanga Jaycees from 1972 to 1973; president of the Zamboanga City Employees Cooperative and Credit Union, Inc. from 1980-1981; president of the Zamboanga City Lawn Tennis Association in 1985; vice president of the Auxilllary to the Philippines Medical Association (APMA)-Zamboanga chapter from 1985 to 1986; faithful navigator of the Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree, Nuestra Senora Virgen del Pilar Assembly from 1992 to 1993; director of the Southern Philippines Regional ExecutiveAssociation for Development (SPREAD) from 1985 to 1986 and vice president of Los Caballeros de Zamboanga, Inc. from 1984 to 1986. — Dolly Galvan