Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Robredo: May 1958- August 2012
The passing of the DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo is a drama in itself that turned an entire nation into a mournful state. He is definitely a great loss not only to his family but to the whole country that badly needs a dedicated and trustworthy public servant as he was. 

The House Majority Leader Rep. Neptali Gonzales II said in a statement that the death of a brave, energetic and kind man in the person of Secretary Robredo is a great loss to the Aquino administration. He further  said that whoever will replace him will have a massive shoes to fill in. 

Massive  indeed! The late secretary began his political career  as mayor of Naga City at an early age of 29 and the rest they say is history. Here below are some of his remarkable achievements in the public service arena. 
  • 1992 - 1998 - He was elected Chairman of the Regional Development Council, the regional planning and coordinative body of Bicol's six provinces and seven cities. 
  • 1995 - He was elected President of the League of the Cities of the Philippines, the national association of city mayors.
  • 1999 - Asiaweek Magazine cited Naga City as one of the "Most Improved Cities in Asia", a proof that Robredo succeeded in transforming the city from being dull and lethargic.
  • He was awarded with the 2000 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service (known to be Asia's version of Nobel Prize) 
  • He was awarded with 1998 Konrad Adenauer Medal of Excellence as Most Outstanding City Mayor of the Philippines,
  • He was an awardee of Junior Chamber International (JCI) 1994 Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP) Honoree
  • He was a recipient of Junior Chamber of the Philippines (JCI-Philippines) 1990 The Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines (TOYM) 
  • He was recipient of the first ever " Dangal ng Bayan" Award of the Civil Service Commission  
  • March 2008 - Robredo was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Humanities dgree by the Far Eastern University in Manila. 
  • He was a trustee of Synergeia Foundation Inc., a coalition of individuals institutions and organizations that work together to improve the quality of basic education in the Philippines. 
  • Robredo, along with Isabela Governor Grace Padaca and Pmapanga Governor Ed Panlilio, launched Kaya Natin movement which is regarded as a national movement that seeks to bring genuine change and ethical leadership in the country. 
  • He was appointed Secretary of the DILG on July 2010.
This man may have passed away but his legacy will continue. For a time, grieve if we must but let us also not forget to celebrate the life he spent well here on earth with us. 

Rest in peace Secretary Jesse Robredo


  1. I only know Mr Robredo based on the the comments and news until one of my business associate shared with me how kind hearted he is. No wonder why many is saddened with this news... :D

  2. very informative here! thanks for sharing about him. i dont know him until now.

  3. Sir Secretary Jesse Robredo, may you Rest in Peace with our lord God. You will always be the remembered as the Bread and Butter of Good Governance...

  4. This man will surely be missed. He untimely death is just devastating.

  5. i was watching TFC TV patrol the other day and he was the headline news, i feel sad for what had happened to his life but we just got to accept it that he's dead. I heard that he insisted to fly though he was given warning because of the bad weather but still he persist to pursue his plans. he should've just listen this would probably won't happen.

  6. I can't get over his death. This is the first time I cried over a complete stranger and it's not because I'll miss him. I weep for our nation who lost a good government official. Truly rare!

  7. His death was untimely and it was a great loss to our country. This corrupt government needs more than one jesse robredo.

  8. wow, glad to know some facts about him....he's in good hands now.

  9. sounds like a wonderful guy, he will be missed

  10. I should open my tv and read more often about news around the world :)

  11. A man of character and integrity. May his soul rest in peace. Now, there's a pressure to whoever will replace him as DILG Sec.

  12. I think he is such a good man and everyone that knows him will surely miss him.

  13. A great loss for us Filipinos but I pray this will serve as an eye opener to all those in the leadership of our country... to serve the Philippines in honesty and integrity.

    I pray more leaders like him will be raised in the Philippines.

  14. Such a great loss. He may rest in peace!