In a strictly formal affair at the Bacolod Pavilion Hotel and Resort last March 27, 2009, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines conducted its awarding ceremony for its exceptional members and chapters, as part of its 12th National Convention of Lawyers.

The local SocGen Chapter copped two awards – Most Outstanding Chapter (2007-2008) and Most Outstanding Chapter President (Category B) given to Atty. Raul Josefino Miguel.

Best IBP Chapter President

Atty. Raul Josefino Miguel receiving his award as the Most Outstanding IBP Chapter President for 2008-2009

Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Puno personally handed out the awards to Atty. Miguel and his companions.

Upholding the rule of law, IBP’s continuing challenge,” is the IBP theme for 2009.

With these honors, the Sangguniang Panlungsod of General Santos City immediately passed Resolution No. 133 series of 2009, congratulating the IBP-SarGen.

“Such tribute truly gives honor, dignity and inspiration not only to the officials and members of IBP South Cotabato and General Santos City Chapter and the constituency of General Santos City, but to the rest of the country as well,” the resolution says.

“This Sanggunian firmly believes in the capacity of IBP South Cotabato and General Santos City Chapter as the rightful recipient of such award as much as it recognizes the organization’s importance as the defender of people’s right for justice and strong advocate of non-discriminatory legal service.”

The SP also passed a separate resolution congratulating Atty. Miguel for being awarded “Most Outstanding Chapter President” for 2007-2009.