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August 18 is Jesse Robredo day


By Armie B. Gunay

NAGA CITY — By virtue of Proclamation No. 37 by the President of the Philippines, August 18 has been declared a special non-working day throughout this city.

In commemoration of the death anniversary of Jesse M. Robredo, the proclamation was signed by authority of President by Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea last August 9, 2016.

Robredo served as the mayor of Naga City from 1988 to 1998 and from 2001 to 2010, with utmost dedication and exemplary performance, earning for him various awards, both national and international.

He was the first government official (mayor) to be awarded the prestigious Magsaysay Award for Government Service in 2000 The award is considered the equivalent Nobel Peace Prize in Asia.

Robredo was the Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) when he met his death in a plane crash off the coast of Masbate City on August 18, 2012.

Dubbed as a servant-leader, he is lovingly remembered by his fellow Naguenos as a local hero who had introduced innovative and responsive local governance that espouses honesty, transparency, accountability, people empowerment and active people participation.

He is survived by his widow, Leni Gerona-Robredo, the vice president of the Republic of the Philippines, and their three daughters.