Hon. Gabriel H. Bordado, Jr.

Hon. Gabriel H. Bordado Jr.

Right at the start of his term as City Vice Mayor in 2004, Gabriel “Gabby” Bordado Jr. clearly articulated the path the Sangguniang Panlungsod would take in its bid to craft legislative measures directly addressing the concerns of the city while at the same time sustaining the time-honored principle of “shared responsibility” conceptualized by former City Mayor and now Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo.

“The Sangguniang Panlungsod will be proactive, its legislative agenda always in anticipation of the city’s ever changing needs and vast potentials for growth,” Vice Mayor Bordado, a former city information officer, acting city administrator and three-term city councilor, said.

As expected, the city councilors have been responding with characteristic zeal, deftly stretching, at times, the boundaries of legislative prerogatives. Such a set-up has proven to be a boon for the Nagueños inasmuch as the Sangguniang Panlungsod endeavours to go well beyond the confines of the session hall to serve its constituencies.

Vice Mayor Bordado himself (who, as councilor, authored legislative measures leading to the creation of such institutions as the Metro PESO, the Naga City Investment Board, the Integrated Livelihood Master Program, the Naga City Council for Culture and the Arts, and the Galing Pook award-winning Productivity Improvement Program) is in charge of the Libro Para sa Futuro/Sa Pagbasa an Pag-asa Program. It seeks to promote reading as a tool for self-improvement and to secure the very future of the city. He also manages Nutri-dunong, a supplementary feeding program for all public elementary school children.

The three-term city vice mayor studied at the University of the Philippines at Los Baños and Diliman, Asian Institute of Management, and the National University of Singapore (under the auspices of the World Bank and the Singapore government).

In his spare time, the vice mayor occasionally writes poetry, feature articles and book reviews. Almost half a dozen of his poems had been anthologized in two books issued by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. Four of his book reviews won in the essay writing contest sponsored by the Philippine Star. His feature articles had been published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Malaya, among other periodicals.

Vice Mayor Bordado is married to Professor Georgina Junsay Bordado, Dean of the College of Economics of the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (formerly CSSAC). They have three children: Marian Gabrielle, George Gabriel VII, and Elizabeth Ann.