Lobregat issues EO expressing profound gratitude to Robredo PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 August 2012 14:07

Mayor Celso Lobregat has issued an executive order expressing the city government of Zamboanga’s profound gratitude, heartfelt thanks and recognition to the late Jesse M. Robredo for his invaluable public service as secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Executive Order No. CL 468-2012 dated August 21 also conveyed to Robredo’s family and friends the city deepest sympathy and condolences for his untimely passing, and the same time directing the flying of the Philippine Flag at half mast in the City of Zamboanga as a sign of mourning.

Lobregat was expected to leave for Manila to personally hand over the framed executive order to Robredo’s bereaved family during the memorial services at Malacanang today.

To recall, Sec. Robredo together with two pilots died in a plane crash Saturday afternoon in Masbate. His body was retrieved from the 180-meter deep sea two days after the tragic incident, while the bodies of the two pilots were retrieved one after another in the succeeding retrieval operations that lasted until Thursday.

In his executive order, Lobregat paid tribute to the late Sec. Robredo as an outstanding public servant and a loving family man, who joined his Creator in eternal rest at the age of 54, leaving behind his wife, Atty. Maria Leonor “Lenny” Gerona Robredo and three wonderful children: Jessica Marie, Janine Patricia and Jillian Therese.

The late Sec. Robredo was born on May 27, 1958 in Naga City, Camarines Sur, to spouses Jose Chan Robredo Sr. and Marcelina Manalastas.  He studied at Naga Parochial School, for his elementary education; at the Ateneo de Naga for his secondary education; obtained his undergraduate degrees in Industrial Management Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at the De La Salle University; his Masters in Business Administration at the University of the Philippines as a scholar and was named the Graduate School and Faculty Organization awardee for scholarly excellence.

He was also an Edward Mason Fellow and a graduate of Masters in Public Administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1999.  In 2008, he was conferred an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree, Honoris Causa, by the Far Eastern University (FEU).

Sec. Robredo, had served the Department of the Interior and Local Government in an acting capacity on July 9, 2010 until June 13, 2011, when His Excellency, President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III issued the former an “ad interim” appointment as the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

Robredo returned to his hometown in Naga City where he became the Program Director of the Bicol River Basin Development Program, an agency tasked to undertake integrated area development planning in the three provinces of the Bicol region; he began his political career in 1988 when he ran and won his mayoralty bid in Naga City; and at the age of 29, had the distinction of being the youngest Philippine City Mayor, and serving the City for an unprecedented six year terms as Local Chief Executive, converting Naga City from a tedious and sluggish city to being one of the “Most Improved Cities in Asia”, as cited by Asiaweek Magazine in 1999. From 1992 to 1998, the late Sec. Robredo was also elected Chairman of the Regional Development Council, the Regional Planning and Coordinative body of Bicol’s six provinces and seven cities.

In recognition for his outstanding accomplishments, the late Sec. Robredo, received 14 major individual awards, including the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service in 2000, the 1998 Konrad Adenauer Medal of Excellence as the Most Outstanding City Mayor of the Philippines, the 1996 Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP) Award, the Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines (TOYM) and the first ever “Dangal ng Bayan” award of the Civil Service Commission;

According to Lobregat, Sec. Robredo, was the prime mover of the DILG’s Seal of Good Housekeeping, a project which recognizes LGUs with good performance in internal housekeeping, specifically in the areas of local legislation, development planning, resource generation, resource allocation and utilization, customer service, and human resource management and    development, as well as, in valuing the fundamental of good governance as well as the co-founder of the “Kaya Natin Ito” Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership.

Lobregat further said that the City of Zamboanga, its officials and the Zamboangue?os were one of those affected by the heartbreaking news of his tragic death. 

“The Honorable Secretary was a good friend of the City – a friendship nurtured over the years as he and the present leadership both shared the passion for good governance and ethical leadership.  Sec. Robredo was a constant visitor to the City to attend to public engagements, tackle peace and security, or to grace the turn-over of City-initiated projects, and sometimes on a stop-over from trips to neighboring provinces.  He has been very good to the City and for the City because of his innate concern to bring government closer to the people of Zamboanga and Mindanao,” Lobregat said, stressing that Robredo’s legacy of transparency, good governance, honesty and integrity in public service shall forever remain enshrined in the annals of Philippine political history. —Vic Larato