May 29, 2017 – “It’s time to bid our farewell to one of the employees of the city government who has been with us for four decades.”
Vice Mayor Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles led the 18th Sangguniang Panlungsod of General Santos City last May 23 on giving tribute to Assistant Secretary to the Sanggunian, Ms. Virginia P. Dime, who officially retired from government service last May 25 after forty-three years.
During her privilege hour at the Sanggunian’s 40th regular session, the Vice Mayor expressed her utmost thanks to Ms. Dime, “who, after willingly and most competently and selflessly, rendered a sum of more than 40 years of honest career service for the people and this local government unit,” by recalling the timeline of Ms. Dime’s stint in the local government.
The Vice Mayor revered the career of Ms. Dime in the Sanggunian, “which in one way or another may have helped guide her throughout her career and at the same time may also be of help to guide the respective career paths of those young people out there who are now doing their best to make unsung contributions for our dear city whether in the field of public or civil service.”
Ms. Dime’s “colorful and meaningful” career in the legislative began in 1974, employed as a clerk under a casual status at the Old City Hall. She became a stenographer in 1978, and eventually promoted as stenographic reporter, assuming the responsibilities of a supervising administrative reporter and chief of the former Agenda and Briefing Division. 1981 on, she attained the positions of Minutes Officer, Assistant Board Secretary II, Board Secretary IV, and ultimately became the Assistant Secretary to the Sanggunian in 1991.
Ms. Dime, in return, expressed her gratitude to the Vice Mayor and the Sanggunian for the honor, calling the Sanggunian and the Local Government Unit of General Santos City her “home during the entire stint of my government career.”
The Assistant Secretary welcomed retirement as an “inevitable truth” and a “favorable circumstance” in government service; “not an end but a new beginning to face another chapter in my life,” she said.
She thanked God for “granting the desires of her heart” and enabling her and her husband to send their children to school, every member of the Sanggunian especially former mayor and now-city councilor Rosalita Nuñez for offering her the Assistant Secretary post in 1991, the staff of the Sanggunian, and her co-employees at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Secretariat headed by Atty. Rosendo Roque for accepting her “not only for my strengths, but also for my weaknesses.”
“I found my career satisfying and rewarding. And this chapter in my life gave me pure joy from start to finish,” Ms. Dime said.
- Hezekiah Kit Canlas