CITING how he contributed landmark programs in terms of livelihood, education, health, peace and order social services for the poor people of Manila, former Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim was extolled by the City Council of Manila headed by Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna as its presiding officer via a resolution.
In the same resolution passed unanimously on August 10 and with President Pro-Tempore and Acting Presiding Officer Jong Isip presiding over the session, the city council also said it “joins the whole nation and his family in their moment of bereavement over the departure of a great man and esteemed public servant.”
The City Council of Manila also expressed its ‘profound sympathy and heartfelt condolences on the demise of former Manila Mayor Alfredo Siojo Lim, who served as mayor of Manila for four terms or 12 years.
“The demise of a great leader and a champion of the people’s fundamental rights is a great loss to the City of Manila and to the country,” the resolution added.
It also described Lim, who passed away on August 8 at the age of 90, as a true-blooded Manileño and distinguished public servant; local chief executive, law enforcer, educator, statesman, legislator, journalist, lawyer and patriot.
“Mayor Lim’s illustrious and colorful career in government spanned for almost seven decades in which most were spent serving the citizenry of Manila. Starting as a Patrolman of the Manila Police District in the 1950s and retiring as a Police General and Chief of the Western Police District in the late 1980s. During this time, General Fred Lim helped defend the government of then President Corazon C. Aquino from leftists elements by leading and retaking government installations from military rebels during one of the 1987 coup attempts,” the resolution said.
It added: “…in 1992, Alfredo S. Lim, was first elected as Mayor of Manila and then re-elected for a second term in 1995. During his first two terms in office, Mayor Lim worked on a strong law and order program which lessened crime in Manila earning him the nickname of “Dirty Harry” for his tough anti-crime policies against suspected and convicted drug pushers, drug runners, and the city’s red lights districts, among others. It was also during this time when he would establish two additional city-run public hospitals namely Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Hospital in District 1 and Ospital ng Tondo in District 2. Mayor Lim also founded the City College of Manila, presently The Unversidad de Manila, in 1995 to complement the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.”
In 2007, Alfredo S. Lim was elected again as Mayor of Manila then re-elected fourth term in 2010 with the battle-cry “Linisin Ikarangal ang Maynila” which he would adopt as his administration’s slogan. During these times, Mayor Lim would inaugurate two more city-run public hospitals namely the Jose Abad Santos Medical Center in District 3 in 2009 and the Sta. Ana Hospital in District 6 in 2010, which would mark the fruition of Lim’s vision ever since he became mayor in 1992 – of building one city hospital giving free medical services for the poor residents for each of Manila’s six districts,” the resolution added.
It also cited Lim as “a recipient of numerous awards, medals, citations and commendations both local and international in recognition of his outstanding achievement as a distinguished public servant for almost sixty years and spanning seven decades.”