Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. took pride of the awards received by the province under his stint.
Defensor delivered his speech during the opening program of the week-long celebration of “Semana sang Iloilo” to mark the establishment of the civil government of the province, at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol lobby on Monday, April 8.
“I can say without fear of serious contradiction that no governor has for the province of Iloilo received awards compared to what the administration of Arthur Defensor has received,” he said.
He took pride that Iloilo is the only province in the country that won the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) from the Department of the Interior and Local Governance (DILG) to earn the recognition for four consecutive years.
He also mentioned some of the awards given to the province which includes the Certificate of Highest Recognition by the United Nations Environment Program from the Institute of Governance and Sustainable Development for the Programs on Visayan Sea; Gawad Parangal Hall of Fame-Most Outstanding Governor in the Field of Social Services by DSWD association of Local Social Workers Development Officers in 2014, 2015, 2016; Apolinario Mabini Award by the Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled for the Provincial Government Programs on Social Services; Hall of Fame Award for Best Statistical Bulletin for the Provincial Population; and Hall of Fame Award-Best Public Employment Service Office National Award in 2016, 2017 and 2018, among others.
“All of these awards have not been bestowed to Governor Arthur Defensor only, all of these awards go to the officials and employees of the government of Iloilo,” he said.
Defensor said the awards lessen the emotional burden of provincial government employees when faced with challenges in fulfilling their duties.
He said there is danger that the employees will not receive their fourth tranche salary increase because of the non-approval of the province’s 2019 executive budget.
Despite these forthcoming adversities, Defensor urged employees to continue their sworn obligations “because you work not only for yourself, you do not only serve yourself and your family, you serve our people and you serve the Lord”.
“I shall always be proud of you and the moment together shall always be treasured in the deepest part of my heart,” he said.
He assured that even if his term ends as governor, he will continue to share to the employees and the Ilonggos “the hopes and dreams that we have tried to realize, that we have realized, and for those we still hope to come through.”
Defensor is currently serving his last term as governor that will end this June 2019.PNA