August 18 as Jesse Robredo Day

SPONSORSHIP SPEECH
Declaring August 18 as ‘Jesse Robredo Day’

Senator Pia S. Cayetano
Chairperson, Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture
June 4, 2014

Mr. President, esteemed colleagues,

I rise to sponsor Committee Report No. 49, which recognizes the dignified life and exceptional public service offered by the late Secretary of Interior and Local Government, the Hon. Jesse M. Robredo.

As mayor of Naga City and the youngest person in the Philippines to be elected city mayor, he revitalized Naga City from a once stagnant and dispirited provincial town to a first-class city.[10] Under his mayorship, Naga City was named one of the “Most Improved Cities in Asia” by Asiaweek Magazine.[11] He was a multi-awarded public servant, notably receiving the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service, among other major awards recognizing not only his work and leadership, but his character. Until his untimely death on August 18, 2012, Secretary Robredo exhibited strong political will, worked towards progress for his constituents, and exemplified effective, merit-based, and transparent public service.

Thus, Committee Report No.49 seeks to declare August 18 of every year as Jesse Robredo Day, to be celebrated in all elementary and secondary schools in the country. It serves to honor his legacy of good governance and leadership, and encourage students to do the same for the benefit of our nation.

I humbly ask my colleagues for support for the passage of this bill. Thank you.

[10] http://www.rmaf.org.ph/newrmaf/main/awardees/awardee/profile/176
[11] Ibid

Related links to Committee Report No.49

File photo of the late Mayor Jesse Robredo, then mayor of Naga City (2009)

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