Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Former City Mayor, Honorable Geronimo B. Lipumano peacefully joined his Creator

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Former City Mayor, Honorable Geronimo B. Lipumano peacefully joined his Creator on August 22, 2004 at the age of 78
With an accomplished 12 – year stint as the Chief of the Olongapo City General Hospital, Dr. Lipumano conquered the political race of 1972 and took the mayoralty seat until 1980;

The man who was always “on call,” Mayor Lipumano took every opportunity for his services to be fully accessible to his constituents and provided free medical attention or consultation even surgery to countless indigent patients;

It was during his administration that the Olongapo City Framework Development Plan, a program portfolio approved by then Ministry of Human Settlements, was formulated, approved and implemented, which now serves as guide for the City’s strategic directions; The City also looks back on the benefits brought by the Manpower Development Center, the establishment of training centers under the City Development Assistance of then Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG), implemented during his term, where countless individuals acquired basic and advanced office and technological skills that significantly qualified them for job placements inside the Subic Naval Base and various businesses in the City;

As a sportsman himself, his ardent support to the sports program of the City during his term, made the City contingents garner numerous awards and medals in various sports competitions, for which Olongapo City is forever grateful;

His graceful political exit in 1980 paved way for a more challenging post at the Department of Health, where he received the baton as the next Assistant Regional Director for Region IV, where he again lent his expertise;

He reaped the fruits of his extensive training, whetted acumen and long service in the government, as he was eyed to be one of the Directors of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), a position he held from 1998 up to the present;

Even as a private individual, Dr. Lipumano never gave up his passion in serving and helping people. More so, he accorded them with due respect regardless of their status, educational background or political affiliation;

The former mayor fostered a 44-year robust married life with his wife, Dra. Luz Lipumano, and lovingly nourished his 6 children, who are now carving significant niches in the medical field, with guiding principles to live by;

The City Government and the people of Olongapo pay its last respect and highest honor to one of the key fabricators of our society, former City Mayor, Honorable Geronimo B. Lipumano and join the entire family in this moment of grief;

As a token of our sincerest condolences, the City hereby enjoined all government offices, including the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and public schools within the City to fly the Philippine Flag at half mast on August 26 and 27, 2004.

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