Alaminos City Mayor Hernani A. Braganza gave tribute yesterday to the present and former officials of the city, the barangay leaders, his LGU family and his citymates for their valuable contributions in sustaining the socio-economic development of the city.
Braganza who was the guest of honor and speaker during the celebration of the 9th Cityhood Anniversary held at the Don Leopoldo Sison Auditorium, said Alaminos City will never be what it is today if not for the collective vision and effort of all true-bloodied Alaminians who supported its realization of becoming the 4th city in Pangasinan.
The hardworking mayor earlier led the blessing of brand new heavy equipment acquired by the city government through a loan with the Land Bank of the Philippines.
This equipment which will be used for the city’s massive infrastructure development program include three (3) dump trucks(10-Wheeler), two (2) six-wheeler dump trucks, one (1) excavator, one (1) motor grader and one (1) pay loader.
He likewise awarded plaques of recognition to the outstanding city government employees in grateful appreciation of their exemplary performance and meritorious achievements as civil servants.
These year’s awardees were Engr. Roland Ranches and Engr. Roel Camba (CEO); Gladys Satuito and Leonard Alcedo (CPDC); Mercuria Carambas (CAO); Virginia Francisco and Edward Villaruz (CHO); Jessica Briboneria and Eunice Hiponia (OCA); Enriqueto Serna and Carlo Dela Cruz (CVO); Ramil Rapues and Eleanor Bruno (CIO); Artemio Rabanillo (LCR); Shirley Quimado (BPLO);Rowena Cabanilla and Virge Aquino (ACL), Imelda Racanday and Eduardo Quintos (TRO), and Thelma Bumagat and Rey Livara (TO).
Braganza commended the department heads, the section heads and all the employees of the city government for a job well done.
“You are one of the reasons why our city have grown tremendously and continue to soar high,” he added.
Alaminians should be very thankful today for so many reasons.
“Our country and the province was pummeled by powerful typhoons and we are quite fortunate that our city was not directly hit compared to other places wherein the storms left millions of pesos worth of damages to properties and worst, claimed lives,” he said.
“And that is why we must be very grateful to our good Lord,” he continued.
The hardworking mayor even cited the many benevolent entities that helped the city and its people get back on their feet when Alaminos was battered by typhoons for two consecutive years.
And for the successful celebration of the Gali’La Hundred Islands Festival 2010, he likewise thanked the sponsors and city’s guests.
He also thanked all the members of city fiesta working committee headed by city councilor Carolyn Dizon-Sison and his younger sister, out-going three-termer councilor Ma. Angela A. Braganza.
Braganza noted that the just concluded city fiesta, in honor of the city’s patron-St. Joseph The Carpenter, has been very peaceful.
“What made this year’s festivities more memorable is that Saint Joseph Cathedral Parish is celebrating its quadricentennial anniversary,” added the mayor even as he thanked Bishop Marlo Peralta for spearheading the celebration.
"(Since this is a day of thanksgiving), I would also like to thank my parents, who nurtured me to become a better person, and my wife and four kids."
Braganza also took the opportunity to thank his former boss and political allies.
“I have good mentors in the politics in the name of former mayors Jun Rivera and Eduardo Fontelera, they were the ones who guided me and helped me become what I am today as a leader.”
With a booming economy, Alaminos was reclassified from fourth to third class municipality in July 1991, the only one in the province and one of the five (5) municipalities in Region I.
Six years later, with continuous economic growth, Alaminos, was again reclassified into a first class municipality by virtue of Executive Order No. 294 and Finance Department Order No. 79-91 dated July 1991.
However, it was in 1994 when then Mayor Alipio Fe