Baguio, home of civic workers

BAGUIO CITY — The addition of four more outstanding citizens of Baguio is proof that the city is not only rich in natural beauty but also endowed with persons who have the spirit to serve others, Mayor Benjamin Magalong said on Monday.
“We have a lot of things to do for our beloved Baguio and I am glad that there is sufficient supply of volunteers, of persons who are willing to give their time, talent and energy for the city’s sake,” Magalong said, in a speech delivered by city administrator Bonifacio dela Peña during the exclusive testimonial dinner event for the 2019 outstanding citizens of Baguio.
This year’s Outstanding Citizens are Baguio Water District (BWD) general manager Salvador Royeca for professional service; environmental advocate and civic worker Alberto Guinguino for community service; skills trainer, author and mental health advocate Raquel Fausto Versoza for community service and; Dr. Ma. Socorro Florendo Sarfati, a multi-awarded medical practitioner who introduced many innovations in her field, who was awarded for professional service.
“The spirit of volunteerism has surged at this time, showing the ways of good responsible citizenship, truly caring for our beloved city to inspire and affect great model. Let us further persevere the culture of caring and volunteerism, of passion to help our city of Baguio,” Magalong said.
The city government annually recognizes people who have made an exemplary contribution to the city.
The awarding is one of the highlights of the annual charter day anniversary program every September 1.
Dr. Elma Donaal, president of the Society of Outstanding Citizens of Baguio (SOCOB), said their organization’s primary task is to search for people who have given invaluable contributions to the city.
The group is composed of former outstanding citizens of Baguio awardees, she added.
“The recognition is a power to be strong and face the challenges which poses a big responsibility, a challenge to continue the vision that our beautiful city is gearing forward,” she said in an interview.
“The outstanding citizen award of the city government is a privilege which we are all honored to have been accorded,” she added.
Donaal urged the awardees to continue to share their time and talent for the betterment of the society.
“May the award be an experience that will continue to humble us all and allow us to better see the people around us, see their needs and see what else can be done to extend not just a hand but an arm for the other,” she said. **Pamela Mariz Geminiano/ PNA

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