Gamboa spoke his heart
The late assemblyman Wilson Prio Gamboa Sr. was very active in burning issues of the day, his conversation enriched the company he kept and he was a man who remained true to his character, former Senator Francisco “Kit” Tatad said yesterday during a necrological mass at the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City.
Tatad said Gamboa’s favorable opinion was always sought while his disapproval was always feared because he spoke his heart and mind without ulterior motive.
Ambassador Abdul Alonto said Gamboa will be remembered by everyone whose lives he had touched.
Gamboa, whom he called his friend and kumpadre, was not only a patriot but a true Christian, a loving husband and doting father to his children and a distinctive friend, Alonto said.
Lawyer Rex Remitio recalled how Gamboa struggled against all odds to overcome economic difficulty to become a lawyer and accountant.
He said Gamboa served as councilor of Bacolod for two terms, was Undersecretary of National Defense, was appointed Sugar Regulatory Administrator and later governor of the Development Bank of the Philippines.
Rolando “Babes” Estrella, also a lawyer, said Gamboa gave his life to God, country and people.
He was the only opposition candidate who won a seat in Negros as assemblyman because of his unwavering principles and he was not beholden to any partisan group, he said. Gamboa was also appointed to important national positions like Secretary of Agrarian reform, he added.
A representative of lawyer Philip Lustre also spoke of Gamboa’s integrity.
Gamboa’s children said their father deserves to rest since he has been struggling all his life, from birth to his last breath. They also looked up to him as a very strong man although they are sad that they have lost a great man.
Also present were former Mayor Oscar Vedeflor and Mayor Evelio Leonardia.
Gamboa’s remains will be cremated today in the presence of his family.
Meanwhile, a resolution of sympathy and condolence to the family of Gamboa, who died on Oct. 13, 2011, was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod Thursday, authored by Councilor Catalino Alisbo.
Leonardia had earlier signed an Executive Order giving honor and recognition to Gamboa for his significant contribution to Bacolod City and directed the observation of a half-mast flag in mourning for his death.*CGS
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2 SU professors
Two professors and directors of Silliman University in Dumaguete City are presenting their researches in the “2nd International Conference on Multidisciplinary Research” being held yesterday and today with 163 researchers in the country and in Canada, Germany, Australia, and Indonesia.
Dr. Ely Alacala, acting director of Silliman University Angelo King Center for Research and Development and senior researcher of the SU Biology Museum presented two researches both conducted in Cauayan, Negros Occidental in 2002.
A research on the “Collaboration among an Academic Institution, Local Communities and Local Government Units in Protecting Wildlife and Forest Habitats in Southwestern Negros Island, the Philippines” emphasizes the role of academic institutions and the implication on eco-governance.
Alcala said this is a classical case of community-based resource management, using the community as the forefront for community-based management in biodiversity conservation.
He said they were able to capacitate the community to undertake conservation and monitoring of their wildlife resources and provided the community the impetus for conserving their resources.
Kamalandaan, a hinterland community of Cauayan adopted the research and passed a resolution protecting their natural resources. Later, the Sangguniang Bayan of Cauayan made a resolution to protect 6,000 hectares of the municipal watershed area, that is now called the “Southern Cauayan Municipal Forest and Watershed Reserve, Alcala said.
Another research Alacala conducted was the “Amphibians and Reptiles in Tropical Rain Forest Fragments on Negros Island, the Philippines.”
He said this study is the result of 50 years of research conducted in the 1940s and was correlated to the loss of forest and to the local extinction of some species.
Dr. Ferdinand Mangibin, chairperson of the SU Philosophy Department conducted a research on “Crisis in Leadership and Ethics: A Ricoeurean Approach to Authentic Responsibility and Accountability” in 2009.
Mangibin said he become interested in one of the French philosophers Paul Ricoeur, in his concept of responsibility.
Meanwhile, Dr. Orencio Lachica, assistant director of Silliman University-Angelo King Center for Research and Environmental Management received recognition for his continuous support in research program development.*LTG
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