Board member bids Capitol goodbye

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Outgoing 2nd District Board Member Fritzie David-Dizon bid farewell to her colleagues, constituents and employees of the Provincial Capitol Monday, in her last official privilege speech as provincial board member.

David-Dizon was pushed into the maelstrom of public office after the death of her mother, the late Board Member Edna David, two years ago. She recounted how the whole experience during a teary speech, thanking other government officials who have helped her along the way.

“As I step down from the Capitol on noon of June 30, I will bring with me the experiences and happy memories in the past two years. Despite the pressures and rigors of governance, I can still say that I have spent more than two years of memorable and enjoyable moments of my life. I have no regrets in my decision to accept my party nomination as my mother’s replacement,” David-Dizon said.

David-Dizon took the place of her mother, who died of lung cancer in November 2010. The elder Dizon lived an eventful life as a public servant for many years. She was board member from 1995 to 2004 and successfully made a comeback in 2007 and 2010, and served as acting governor in 1999. David had received awards for her programs in health, education, and poverty reduction.

However, unlike other people who are pushed into the maelstrom of public governance, David-Dizon did not opt for another term despite of the clamor from supporters, party mates and local government leaders like Governor Lilia Pineda.

“Few days from now, I will return to private life. To all those who I have disappointed from my decision not to run in the recent elections, I ask for your deeper understanding. After devoting more than two years of my life in public service, it is now time for me to return to the fold of my family and compensate for the quality time which I have deprived them,” David-Dizon said.

David-Dizon is among the five board members who will be leaving the Capitol this year. Among them are Board Members Monina Laus and Trina Dizon, who both lost in their re-election bids; Board members Teresito Lingad and Krizzanele Garbo.

David-Dizon said she is not closing her doors on public governance, adding that she might reconsider coming back into politics when her two children, who are currently in elementary and high school, are older.

She also thanked Pineda, whom she said, has become her mother since she entered politics. She also called on supporters to help the administration of Pineda and support the new provincial board as the new officials take their post on July 1.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on June 25, 2013.

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