THE Manila City Council (MCC) turned 122 years old on Monday.
On the said occasion, awards and recognition were given by MCC Presiding Officer Yul Servo-Nieto who concurrently serves as Vice Mayor, to former and current members of the MCC for their outstanding performance, dedication and colorful careers that sprung from their being former members of the MCC.
Leading the awardees was Manila City Administrator Bernardito “Bernie” Ang, who had served as Manila Third District Councilor for the longest period of time totaling seven terms or an equivalent of 25 years. He has also held the position of Secretary to the Vice Mayor before becoming Secretary to the Mayor during the administration of erstwhile Mayor Isko Moreno and is now the City Administrator under the rein of Mayor Honey Lacuna.
Ang is known for his many achievements among them, for having authored the Local Tax Code of Manila and principally authoring the city ordinance that created the then City College of Manila, now known as Universidad de Manila.
In his speech, Servo-Nieto thanked his mentors and made special mention of Ang, Lacuna, Moreno and former Vice Mayor Danilo Lacuna for helping him in his political career.
Former Vice Mayor Danilo Lacuna, father of Mayor Honey, received the “Dangal ng Konseho Award” in recognition of his decades of selfless service both as member and Presiding Officer of the MCC and for his “compassionate leadership that steered the city council to greater heights, producing measures that redounded to the benefit of a great number of Manileños and his exemplary performance worthy of emulation by future generation of public servants. His children, Councilors Dr. Lei Lacuna and Philip and zoning chief Dennis, received the award in behalf of their father.
The other awardees cited for their performance during the first year of the 12th City Council include the following: MCC Majority Floor Leader Atty. Ernesto “Jong” Isip, Jr. for having filed the most number of draft ordinances and draft resolutions as well as principally authoring the most number of resolutions and ordinances approved; Councilor Salvador Philip Lacuna for having principally authored the most number of ordinances approved; Councilor Irma Alfonso-Juson for having filed the most number of draft ordinances; Councilor Numero Lim, for having filed the most number of draft resolutions filed and resolutions approved and principally authoring the most number of ordinances; Councilor Pamela “Fa” Fugoso-Pascual for having principally authored the most number of ordinances approved and having the best record in attendance and Councilors Martin Isidro, Jr. and Nino dela Cruz, for best record in attendance.