Mayor Celso Lobregat made the most awaited announcement Monday night during the kick off program of the 2007 Pascua na Zamboanga festival at the Plaza Pershing attended by city government workers.
Mayor Lobregat said he has officially sought President Gloria Arroyo’s approval for the grant of additional P15, 000 cash gift for city employees this December. “We will just wait for the authority from Malacanang”.
For the past few years, Malacanang has granted the same authority to the city government on grounds that the local government has sufficient funds to pay for the same. The mayor said he expects the authority to be issued soon.
Meanwhile, Mayor Lobregat said 2007 is another milestone year for the city government as it celebrates the 100th anniversary of the construction of City Hall.
“We had the centennial celebration of the construction of City Hall (last November 27) but we also had the calamity brought about by the storm surge that hit the coastal and island barangays”, he said.
He called on local employees to continue serving the public with utmost dedication and sincerity, as the city government is also doing its share of providing its employees’ benefits and privileges.
The 2007 Pascua na Zamboanga kicked off with a parade of city government employees with participation from the drum and lyre corps from the Boalan Elementary School, Divisioria Elementary School, San Roque Elementary School, Sta. Maria Elementary School and Zamboanga West Central School.
The program was highlighted by the ceremonial switch on of the giant Christmas tree dubbed as “Christmas Tree of Life” at the Plaza Pershing and a chorale competition participated by the different city departments.
Adjudged as first prize winner with P5, 000 cash prize was the chorale group put up by the offices of the Human Resource, Accountant, Planning and Development, Engineer and Assessor or pink group; second prize winner with P3, 000 cash prize was the group put up by the offices of the mayor, treasurer, budget, administrator and legal or blue group while third prize winner with P2, 000 cash prize was the chorale group put up by the offices of the city health, social welfare, registrar and veterinarian.
Judges during the competition were Luigi Mas, an original member of the chabacano musical group Stages; Lucy Legaspi, a chorale trainer based in Manila and Norma Conti, chairman of the board. (City Hall PIO)