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Monday, February 02, 2009

Total Ban on Firecrackers Draws Recognition from Rotary Clubs

Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. received a certificate of recognition from the Rotary Club Cluster 4C during the Flag Raising Ceremony of government employees last February 2, 2009 at Rizal Triangle Multi-Purpose Hall.

Presidents from the Rotary Clubs of Olongapo, Olongapo Centennial, Downtown Olongapo, Subic and Subic Bay, which are all under Cluster 4C, presented the recognition to the city mayor for a pollution-free Christmas celebration in Olongapo.

The Rotarians were led by Tony Bautista, Assistant Governor of Rotary Club of District 3790.

Rotary Club of Subic Bay President Orly Duque explained the rationale behind the recognition given to Gordon. He said that “we decided to honor the Mayor because during the last Christmas season, we enjoyed a different and unique celebration. Nakahinga kami nang maluwag.”

The certificate states that the Rotary Club Cluster 4C recognizes Mayor Gordon “for his exemplary and strong leadership, bright vision, brilliant and governance of the city and effective implementation of the total ban on fireworks that gave the populace a peaceful, safe, pollution- free environment during the 2008 Christmas season.”

“Hindi ko alam na ako pala ang bibigyan ng award dito,” Gordon remarked. “And it is mainly because of the success of the Firecracker Ban,” he added.

Mayor Gordon thanked the Rotary Club Presidents and then proposed a meeting with other civic organizations to seek their support in the implementation of the total firecracker ban all year round.

“Let us continue cleaning up our rivers, seas, land and air,” Mayor Gordon said in closing.

The success of the campaign for the Total Ban on Firecrakers in Olongapo City, Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. earned recognition from the Rotary Club Cluster 4C led by Tony Bautista, Assistant Governor of Rotary Club of District 3790.

PAO/ chay

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