May 25, 2017 – The 18th Sangguniang Panglungsod, led by Vice Mayor Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles, congratulated, last May 23, Gensan’s very own and former City Assemblyman, Atty. Rogelio “Bic-bic” Garcia for his appointment as board director of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP).
During his privilege speech, city councilor Atty. Jose Edmar J. Yumang, who authored a resolution on the achievement, headed the recognition of Atty. Garcia by enumerating his “praise-worthy tract record” in public service, performed “with utmost competent dedication and generosity.”
Garcia is a former member of the Batasang Pambansa, a former deputy minister, an undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment, and a former board member of the Manila International Airport Authority. He is also the regional president of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) Socsksargen.
After been given the floor, the good attorney expressed his gratitude for the recognition.
He informed the body that he initially refused the appointment made by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte thrice before taking the job, but eventually accepted the task “because of our commitment to serve, under [President Duterte’s] leadership, that there must be changes in development in this country.”
“Our work is so huge a responsibility, fiduciary in nature, because we are the ones handling your money, on how to dispose of it depending on the allotment and of the application for loan purposes,” he said.
Garcia reported that the bank is now “gearing towards assisting…local government units or other institutes of the government or private entities [which are planning to] embark on development assistance projects.”
He also informed the Sanggunian that the Local Government of General Santos, headed by Mayor Ronnel Rivera, is planning to borrow money from the DBP for infrastructure development in the city, and that the bank is awaiting for Mayor Rivera’s proposal. “We are [also] awaiting all LGUs [for their proposals]...in order for DBP to help in whatever way and capacity.”
Atty. Garcia ended his speech by again thanking the body for the recognition. “It is again a part of my pride as well as a distinct honor that I be given this humble recognition,” he said.
- Hezekiah Kit Canlas