THE HAGUE–Thirty-three persons in the Dutch Caribbean received a Royal Decoration on the occasion of the King’s birthday: 18 in Curaçao, five in Aruba, four in Bonaire, four in St. Maarten and two in St. Eustatius.
In St. Maarten, E.L. Brissett and paediatrician Pieter Offringa received a Royal Decoration in the Knight in the Order of Oranje-Nassau. Decorated as Members in the Order of Oranje-Nassau were Mrs. Shelly Alphonso and Mrs. V.M. Benjamin-Oliver.
Sint Eustatius & Saba
In St. Eustatius, Mrs. O.A. Berkel-Morris and C.E.G. van Putten received a Royal Decoration in the Order of Oranje-Nassau. No one was decorated in Saba.
In Bonaire, Ubaldo Anthony and Alipio Goeloe were decorated Knight in the Order of Oranje-Nassau, while Tecla Piar-Martilio and Josefina Sillié-Coffi became a Member in the Order of Oranje-Nassau.
In Curaçao, four persons were decorated as Knight in the Order of Oranje-Nassau: A.W. Owers (promoted), C.B.G. van Aanholt, composer J.G. Colina and R.D.B. Nandwani. Members in the Order of Oranje-Nassau became F.M. Hanze, R.C. Hato, Mrs. Y.A. Isidora-Gumbs, Mrs. M.M. Jansen-Liberia, Mrs. E.E. Leonard-Bryan, T.A. Martina, D.E. Mourillon, Mrs. R.I.C. Samson, former dive school operator Eric Wederfoort, R.F.M. Wijngaarde, A.J. de Wit and Mrs. K. van Zwieten.
In Aruba, five persons were decorated as Member in the Order of Oranje-Nassau: F.N. Dijkhoff, D.G. Figaroa, Mrs. M.A. Maduro-Tromp, J.P. Ras and N.F. Sprok.
Thirteen persons, all in the Netherlands, received a decoration in the Order of the Dutch Lion, ten men and three women. Most decorations, 2,739, were in the Order of Oranje-Nassau. The bestowing of the decorations, also referred to as “Lintjesregen” in the Dutch language, is an annual occurrence.
More men than women received a Royal Decoration: 1,787 men (close to 65 per cent) versus 965 women (a little over 35 per cent). The Member in the order of Oranje-Nassau was the most bestowed Royal Decoration: 2,437 persons received this decoration (or 88.5 per cent), of which 1,549 were men and 888 women.
Most persons, 2,701 in total, were decorated for their volunteer work. Government received 3,165 proposals for a decoration this year of which 413 (or 13 per cent) were turned down following a negative advice.