CESB official cites Zambo’s economic growth, leadership PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 November 2012 14:21

A Career Executive Board (CESB) official cannot help but be amazed at seeing Zamboanga grow into a vibrant city economically, citing much effort to bring about greater consciousness towards the heritage and the rich culture of the city.

“At the end of the day, to my mind, it also brings back to the question of able leadership. So, you are blessed to have good leaders and we are especially grateful to Mayor Celso Lobregat for his hospitality, able leadership and generous support to our activities,” said Maria Anthonette V. Allones, executive director of the Career Executive Service Board.

Allones was among the government executives and managers from the different parts of the country who flew in this week for the three-day 11th Annual Career Executive Service Board Conference with the theme “Going 4G: Good to Great, Green Governance.”

Referring to the conference participants, Allones said everybody was talking about their wonderful experience, the unique hospitality and the warm reception by the people of Zamboanga led by no less than Mayor Lobregat.

“We are very grateful and we all feel that are we are blessed that we are here at this time of the year. It is amazing to see how Zamboanga has grown into a vibrant city because my first time in Zamboanga was in the early ‘90s and I would travel here almost every year and so this is like a second home and I see it grow,” Allones said after taking her staff to a tour of the city’s nightlife Thursday.

They went to Paseo del Mar, dined in bare hands (mano-mano), watched the dancing fountain show and shopped souvenir items, especially the Zamboanga pearls with their unique yet creative designs, quality and cheaper.

“It is important to see that the city has grown economically,” the CESB official said, citing the shops that thrive at Paseo del Mar and adjacent Plaza del Pilar.

According to Allones, the best for CESB is yet to happen even as she looked forward to holding activities next year that will culminate into like a homecoming of all the career executives since the CESB was organized in 1972.

“We have exceeded our expectations. The conference through the REAWESMIN was well organized, very systematic, the people were so gracious and we scheduled the conference activities in a way that would allow people to go around the city,” she said.

She thanked Lobregat in a very especial way for staying on with them during their fellowship Thursday night where he sang and danced with the participants.

“At the end of the day that what makes public service truly meaningful and also exciting when we see our political leaders share our common aspirations to serve well, to serve joyfully and be able to nurture relationship with you,” Allones said of Lobregat. — Vic Larato