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PIA Press Release
Saturday, January 28, 2012

City Government hosts ‘vin d’honneur’

ANGELES CITY, Pampanga, January 28 (PIA) -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan recently hosted the city government’s version of vin d’honneur at the Old Pamintuan Mansion, this city.

Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting, members of the city council, department and program heads of the city government, businessmen from the Angeles City Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industries (AC-FilChi) and officers from the Angeles City Police Office (ACPO) were among the guests during the post new year reception.

Pamintuan offered a toast following his pronouncement that the year 2011 brought significant achievements for the city in terms of local governance and fiscal management.

He cited the awards the city received from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) – the Seal of Good Housekeeping and the city ranking 4th in the Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS).

“The awards bestowed to our city are a clear testament of the administration’s commitment to good governance, transparency and accountability,” Pamintuan said.

The mayor lauded the city council headed by Vice Mayor Vega-Cabigting for continuously working with him in the implementation of his programs and projects.

“The good working relationship of the executive and legislative branch of the city government proved that we can do more than what is expected from us,” Pamintuan explained.

In fact, he said the city council had marathon sessions before the end of 2011 just to review, pass and approve significant legislations which are vital for the city’s development.

At the same time, he commended other city officials and employees for working hard and doubling their efforts in their respective tasks and duties, thus closing 2011 with no deficit in the city coffers.

Pamintuan told the gathering that he shares the optimism of Angelenos in the coming year, citing more investments to pour in the city.

“This year, we can expect more businesses to open in our city as we anticipate the conversion of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA), as the country’s premier international gateway," he said.

"There will be challenges ahead but if we work together, we will overcome the challenges and fulfill the promise of the year ahead. We have much to look forward to," Pamintuan added.

Vin d'honneur literally translates from French to "Wine of honour" and is akin to a prolonged social celebration after an official ceremony.

It traditionally takes place at the end of inaugurations, speeches, and ceremonies that marks the social life of the French provinces.

In the Philippine context, vin d’honneur is the annual New Year’s Reception hosted by the President of the Philippines as head of state, and by tradition, after the President plays host to Philippine officialdom and the diplomatic corps, other departments in turn host their own New Years’ receptions for their own officials and staff. (WLB/AC-CIO)

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