By ATTY. RONALD L. PEREZ / IBP Release
BAGUIO CITY — While everybody was commemorating the 1990 killer earthquake some eleven years ago, and the City’s fast recovery to be a premiere City of the country, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), Baguio-Benguet Chapter welcomed: the new lawyers in the city, gave recognition to the Pillars of the Legal Profession, and inducted their new set of officers.The celebration was graced by IBP Northern Luzon Governor Atty. Dennis B. Habawel as guest of honor and speaker.
The IBP is the official organization of lawyers as sanctioned by the Supreme Court. Its mandate, pursuant to Section 2, Rule 139-A, of the Rules of Court, are: “to elevate the standards of the legal profession, improve the administration of justice, and enable the Bar to discharge its public responsibility more effectively.
The 2010 Bar yielded twenty (20) new lawyers into the local chapter. Most of them graduated from the law schools in the City, while some progressed from different colleges of law in neighboring provinces and in Metro Manila.
It is an annual tradition for the IBP local chapter to welcome its new members in a fitting but meaningful occasion. Judge Delilah G. Munoz of the Municipal Trial Court in Benguet conveyed words of wisdom to guide the new lawyers in their career.
New chapter officers were inducted into office by no less than Judge Mona Lisa Tiongson-Tabora of the Regional Trial Court of Baguio City. The officers for the term 2011-2013 are the following:
Atty. Franklin B. Calpito, President; Francisca M. Claver, Vice President; Jennifer N. Asuncion, Secretary; Cristeta B. Leung, Treasurer; Louella Xylee T. Apilado, P.R.O.; Isagani G. Calderon, Auditor; Members of the Board of Directors: Ronald L. Perez; Jefferson B. Cosalan; Jingboy M. Atonen; Omar R. Evangelista; George S. Fukai, III.
Past President Daniel D. Mangallay will automatically be an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors.
Some forty-two (42) senior members of the chapter were given due recognition on this occasion for being exemplary pillars of the legal profession. The select pioneer lawyers were awarded for their invaluable contributions in the promotion of the objectives of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and for living up to the standards of integrity and competence of the Legal Profession. Former City Prosecutor Alfredo R. Centeno gave the response in behalf of all the pillars. # nordis.net