ILOILO – Due to his exemplary achievements in public governance, Junior Chamber International (JCI) – Regatta named Governor Arthur D. Defensor Sr. as this year’s Pinoy Icon Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo Awardee for Government Service.
Pinoy Icon 2016 is a search for modern day heroes initiated by JCI-Regatta, an organization that aims to create positive change by creating outreach activities that enrich the pride and culture of Ilonggos.
Defensor is nominated by his chief of staff Atty. Suzette Mamon, a former mayor of Badiangan. “I know he will win because unlike others, Gov. Art’s political career is untarnished,” stressed Mamon in his interview with JCI-Regatta Pinoy Icon Program Director Jose Francisco V. Gerona.
Mamon added that Defensor is loved and adorned by many because of the countless development projects and policy reforms he institutionalized to help eradicate corruption and free Ilonggos from the shackles of poverty.
Defensor, who served for three consecutive terms as governor from 1992, made agriculture, reforestation and infrastructure development his priorities; ensuring that that Iloilo can be rice-sufficient and climate change-resilient.
He is among the key players in the realization of Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan by obtaining funding from Japan Bank for International Cooperation, the state-0f-the-art Rice Processing Center in Pototan from Korea International Cooperation Agency and the approval of Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Stage II in Calinog.
Defensor then served as congressman of the third district of Iloilo for three consecutive terms from 2001. He returned as governor of the province in 2010 and was subsequently re-elected in 2013 and 2016 elections.
JCI-Regatta will confer the award to Defensor in a ceremony to be held at 2:00 PM in the New Wing Activity Area of SM City Iloilo on June 12, 2016.
Pinoy Icon is conceptualized to give honor and credit to individuals whose works and contributions made lasting impact to the development of progressive Iloilo.
The search has 12 categories in tribute to known classical Filipino heroes — Dr. Jose Rizal (Medical Field), Apolinario Mabini (Education), Melchora Aquino (Civic Work), Teresa Magbanua (Women’s and Children’s Rights), Graciano Lopez Jaena (Media and Journalism), Juan Luna (Visual Arts), Francisco Baltazar (Literature), Julian Felipe (Music and Performing Arts), Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo (Government Service), Gen. Martin Delgado (Civil Defense), martyrs Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos and Jacinto Zamora (Religious Service) and Panday Pira (Technology and Inventions). (END)