|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.