City gov’t honors FOZYL awardees PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 14:25

Saturday night paid tribute to Five Outstanding Zamboangueño Young Leaders in celebration of the “Dia de Senator Roseller T. Lim” pursuant to Ordinance 283 authored by the senator’s nephew, Councilor Rudy Lim.

The search for FOZYL is a joint undertaking of the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Zamboanga and the city government. This year’s awardees are Arnold Bucoy, James Bryan Ibrahim A. Ali, Jay S. Calumpon, Robert Basco and Grachelle Andrea Guevarra.

In his message during the awarding night, Mayor Celso Lobregat said the five distinguished Zamboangueños despite their young age have already achieved so much and displayed the qualities that made the late Senator Lim the great man he was.

“The five awardees we are feting tonight have remarkable score cards in terms of leadership, excellence and dedication to service to the community and the city. Undoubtedly, they are the modern day Roseller Lim,” Lobregat said.

He said bestowing the honor to the five outstanding youth leaders prove that the Zamboangueño youth are maturing with ideals, expectations, ambitions and talents that are unprecedented and can greatly contribute “to the fulfillment of our visions and help us bring about the good, the positive, the best and the beautiful of Zamboanga.”

He shared with the awardees and to all members of the youth sector present during the awarding rites his perspective about leadership “which may also be your guiding light as you face new kinds of social challenges in a more diverse and complex world.”

Lobregat said his brand of leadership is guided by 5Cs and  the first C is conscience, which form him is knowing what is good and evil, good and bad and right and wrong.

The other two Cs are commitment and consistency.  “To me, commitment is wanting to do the right thing, doing what is right not some of the time, but all the time.”

The next C is competence.  “It is not enough for us to know what is right, we must also know how to do it right. This means not only surrounding ourselves with competent people but learning new skills as well when necessary,” he explained.

The last C, according to the mayor, is courage. “It is nice to do things that are right and popular at the same time but there will come a time when as a leader you will have to choose between what is right and popular and you will have to muster enough courage sometimes to swim against the tide,” he said.

For the past seven years of Lobregat’s 9-year term, the city government has set activities in recognition of the contributions of Sen. Lim not only to Zamboanga City but to the entire country.

The 5 awardees were chosen from among 10 nominees that included Rolf Marcus Villano, Glen William Alcala, Jasmine Alexandra Mohammadsali, Mark Anthony Mejares, Jhurdan Fernando and Aldimin Kalli.

R.T. Lim’s daughter during the program also awarded plaques of appreciation to Icelle Borja Estrada, Councilor Rey Candido, former councilors Luis Climaco and Kim Elago and posthumous awards to former councilors Asbi Edding and Mila Velasquez.

Present during the formal event were Councilor Rudy Lim and other members of the Lim family—brother Roberto and Rosegildo, 530th Air Base Wing commander Brig. Gen. Nicanor Vivar, JCI president Rumel Mira and other officials and members, Division of City Schools OIC Supt. Pete Natividad, City Police OIC Director Col. Edwin de Ocampo, Atty. Arsenio Gonzales Jr. and numerous others. — Vic Larato