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DILG Chief Jesse M. Robredo: Nominated for World Mayor 2010 Online Contest

Updated on March 13, 2011
Former Naga City Mayor JESSE M. ROBREDO, Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Government Service in 2000
Former Naga City Mayor JESSE M. ROBREDO, Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Government Service in 2000
The Naga City Downtown (Photo taken by Travel Man, 1995)
The Naga City Downtown (Photo taken by Travel Man, 1995)
The famed PEAFRANCIA FIESTA in September
The famed PEAFRANCIA FIESTA in September
Malabsay Falls at Isarog mountain, Carolina, Naga City
Malabsay Falls at Isarog mountain, Carolina, Naga City
Locator Map of NAGA CITY in the province of Camarines Sur
Locator Map of NAGA CITY in the province of Camarines Sur

Getting Up Close with Ex-Mayor Jesse M. Robredo

I came up close with then-Mayor Jesse M. Robredo, now DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government) Chief of the present Aquino administration of the Philippines in 1988 during our high school recognition rites. He gave a speech regarding what career should be taken in college. From then on, I followed the ups & downs of Robredo's leadership in Naga City since I started my radio career while pursuing my collegiate courses.

Being a cub reporter, my beat was not on politics but on police news or community news that interest the listeners. Regarding politics, it's up to my senior news reporter to do the interviews and news dispatch on it. But during phone patch interviews, the secretary of Mayor Robredo will gladly relay my request that our program anchor told me to do. I also acted as production assistant when I had vacant time after attending my school's subjects. It was hectic but I started recognizing prominent personalities in the local scene, like Robredo.

Robredo's worthwhile programs include:

  • commercial and residential zoning,
  • eradicating prostitution dens inside the university belt,
  • housing program for the urban poor,
  • establishing the city-owned hospital
  • combat traffic congestion in the city
  • development of local tourism industry
  • making Naga City, a first-class chartered city.

Aside from these, his administration became vigilant in combatting illegal activities on drugs and numbers game (jueteng) in the city. Since he acted as the local chief executive, he had all the decisions to approve or refuse illegal activities to thrive in the city. I witnessed how he opposed all those who want to do 'monkey businesses' during his administration.

In 1993, when the city, along with nearby towns was flooded due to the devastating typhoon with no electricity at all, Mayor Robredo spearheaded the rescue, clean-up drive and the relief operations. You can imagine the effects of the typhoon that left us adjusting for almost a month.

With the establishment of Metro Naga Development Council (MNDC), Mayor Robredo was able to share his ideals and plans not only in the city but also in towns that joined the council. With this move, more and more business estalishments are being built in the city for the last two decades.

Although, he belonged to the Filipino-Chinese community in the city, it didn't hamper his good performance amid the intrigues that were being mudslinged at him. Recognition from here and abroad decorated his home, if you'll have a chance to visit his residence here in the city.

His wife, Leni, a lawyer herself and a daughter of former city mayor is equally happy about his latest achievement, I'm sure.

We, Bicolanos here and the rest of the Filipinos around the world are slowly appreciating what he had done to the city. Being recognized around the world is the penultimate recognition one can give to the man who relentlessly promoted his advocacies against poverty, education and health.

Under his leadership, Naga City received awards for government transparency. The city has also been hailed as one of the best-managed cities in the country and even the greenest city (eco-tourism) in the Philippines.

He was credited for "dramatically improved stakeholdership and people participation in governance, in the process restoring Naga to its preeminent position as premier city of the Bicol Region. Today, Naga is considered a model local government in the country and a laboratory of local government innovation."

Mayor Robredo served the administrations of four presidents (starting from Cory Aquino, Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada and Gloria Arroyo). So, with this kind of political experiences, it is but fulfilling to be nominated as one of the 24 candidates vying for the title as the World Mayor 2010.

Since the selection started in 2003, three Filipino mayors were nominated. Among them were ex-Makati mayor Jejomar Binay, now our Vice President; Oscar Rodriguez of San Fernando, Pampanga and Marideth Fernando of Marikina, Manila.

So what can I say, CONGRATULATIONS, Mayor!!!

Ex-Mayor now DILG Chief Jesse M. Robredo on Good Governance c/o disguizedcyclone

Naga City, the Heart of Bicol in the eyes of Mayor Jesse Robredo

 Once you visit our region, you can easily locate Naga City, with all the big billboards welcoming you in the so-called the "Queen City of the South" due to its tourist attractions, ranging from the natural beauty spots and to the old Hispanic churches and schools that honed talents and skills of well-known Bicolanos, like Ex-Mayor, now DILG Chief Jesse M. Robredo.

Robredo's performance since 1988, when President Corazon Aquino was still coping for a good governance, he took the initial steps in transforming the once gloomy future, anomaly-infested city government into an award-winning example of good governance.

Mayor Robredo was the only city head I knew, then, that can walk, jog or run along the streets of the city without bodyguards. The visibility of the mayor greeting ordinary people at the city's thoroughfares made him an inspiration that local officials are reachable by ordinary people.

When he was re-elected, he was elected unoppose or let me say he won by default. He even brought to every barangay his advocacies by holding special session with barangay officials.

Kaantabay sa Kauswagan (Partners in Development) is successful in bringing to the urban poor the services that a  government should deliver. With his encouragement, the Naga City Council enacted an Empowerment Ordinance that organized the People's Council that saw  the participation of people's organization and NGOs (non-government organizations) in many deliberations during the city officials' weekly regular session.

By enlisting the support and active assistance of Naga's NGOs and citizens, he improved public services dramatically. He established day-care centers in each of Naga's twenty-seven districts and added five new high schools. He built a public hospital for low-income citizens. He set up a dependable twenty-four-hour emergency service. He constructed a network of farm-to-market roads and provided clean and reliable water systems in Naga's rural communities. He launched programs for youth, farmers, laborers, women, the elderly, and the handicapped -- drawing thousands into civic action in the process. No civic deed was too small, he told the people, including the simple act of reporting a broken street lamp. He sometimes swept the streets himself.

 

Fast Facts on Jesse M. Robredo

Secretary of the Interior and Local Government (Incumbent)

Assumed office
July 9, 2010

President:  Benigno Aquino III

Preceded by Benigno Aquino III (as DILG Chief during Pres. Gloria Arroyo's term)

 Mayor of Naga City (In office 1988–2010)

 Born: May 27, 1958 (1958-05-27) (age 52)
Naga City, Bicol

Nationality: Filipino

Political party: Liberal Party (Philippines)

Spouse(s) Maria Leonor Gerona

Alma mater:

1. De La Salle University

2. John F. Kennedy School of Government

3. University of the Philippines

Religion:  Roman Catholic

Proud Ako (Naga City Theme Song) c/o artotoy

Naga City Garbage Collection IEC Campaign c/o twins412

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    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @mindy: You're so right about that. His detractors will just have to bite their tails because his status is ahead of them.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Thanks, sailor. Let's all support him. Sec. Jess is battling the rants of other Bicolano legislators because of what happened last August 23rd. Tha fault was with the President because the undersecretary (Rico Puno) was given more authority to handle the police proceedings. When in fact, the DILG Sec. Robredo can also handle such crisis.

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      mindy 

      8 years ago

      he's the topnotcher & oustanding mayor among others

    • thesailor profile image

      thesailor 

      8 years ago from Seven Seas

      Wow! Congratulations,DILG Chief Jesse Robredo!!! Now, it's your turn to shine. I know the politics in the Bicol Region, especially in Naga City. Many stones of intrigues were hurled to you. But look at you now; after serving four presidents of the Philippines, they're looking up to you now as a role model in good governance.

      Your detractors, where are they now?

      Thank you very much for this hub, Travel Man. I'm sure all Filipinos living in and out of the country will extend a helping hand by voting for him on the World Mayor 2010 Online Contest.

      Filipino hubbers and supporters (friendly hubbers), start doing the right thing now!!!

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