Jesse Robredo: accomplishments and biography of the late DILG Secretary

DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo

Jesse M. Robredo served as the Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III. He served from 2010 until his death on August 18, 2012.

His untimely demise has brought his life’s accomplishments to the limelight. The folks over at Team Jesse Robredo have come up with an infographic of his life and accomplishments.

Mini biography of Jesse Robrdeo

1958 Born on May 27, 1958 in Naga City, Jesse Manalasta Robredo was a second-generation Chinese Filipino and was the third of five children of Jose Chan Robrdo Sr. and Marcelina Manalasta.
1970 Studied high school at Ateneo de Naga then obtained undergraduate degrees in Industrial Management Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at the De La Salle University.
1980 Started working in the Physical Distribution Technical Services of San Miguel Corporation. He was later on assigned to logistics planning and concurrently functioned as staff assistant to the physical distribution director of Magnolia Ice Cream.
1985 Finished his Masters in Business Administration as a scholar at the University of the Philippines in Diliman and was named the Graduate School and Faculty Organization awardee for scholarly excellence.
1986 Returned to Naga City where he became Program Director of the Bicol River Basin Development Program, an agency tasked to undertake integrated area development planning in the tree provinces of the Bicol region.
1988 Elected mayor of Naga City at age 29, the youngest mayor in the country. During his term, Naga was transformed into a model for stakeholder partnership and people participation in governance.
1995 Elected President of the League of Cities of the Philippines, and also chairman of the Metro Naga Development Council, from 1992 to 1998. He was also elected Chairman of the Regional Development Council, the regional planning and coordinative body of Bicol’s six provinces and seven cities.
1999 While serving as Mayor of Naga city, earned his masteral degree in Public Administraiton at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was also at this time that Naga City was named one of the “Most Improved Cities in Asia” by Asiaweek Magazine.
2000 Won the 2000 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service (Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize) for his good governance programs. He has also received 13 other major awards, including the 1998 Konrad Adenauer Medal of Excellence as Most Outstanding City Mayor of the Philippines, Junior Chamber International (JCI) 1994 Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP) Honoree, Junior Chamber of the Philippines (JCI-Philippines) 1990 Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines (TOYM), and the first ever “Dangal ng Bayan” Award of the Civil Service Commission.
2010 Named Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) by President Benigno Aquino III. However, until his untimely death on August 18, 2012, Jesse has not been confirmed by the Commission on Appointments.

Accomplishments of Jesse Robredo

  • Full Disclosure Policy (FDP) requiring LGUs to disclose in public places 12 key financial documents that show how funds are spent.
    • 99% or 1,697 LGUs have complied with the policy as of June 2012
  • Seal of Good Housekeeping as reward to LGUs that observe honesty and excellence in local governance
    • P1.1 billion have been given to 856 LGUs that received the Seal as of June 2012
    • P8.6 billion funding for promoting the Seal amoung LGUs in ARMM
  • Seal of Disaster Preparedness– another incentive mechanism to help LGUs with disasters and calamities
    • 8,504 LGUs with functional disaster management councils while 1,539 have command centers and alarm systems
  • Streamlining of LGU’s Business Process Licensing Systemso businessmen could receive permits from LGUs in three days or less
    • 748 LGUs have already streamlined their BPLS within a two-year period as of June 2012
  • Local Governance Performance Management System,an assessment tool validated by third-party assessment on the LGU’s performance
    • 200% increase in the number of LGUs that allow civil society organizations, public organizations, the academe and religious groups to participate in local governance
    • 1,261 LGUs got high overall performance ratings in the LGPMS in 2011 – a steady increase from 913 in 2009 and 1,050 in 2010
  • Reforms in the Philippine National Police
    • 54%increase in the budget for PNP field units to 1,000 per capita from P650
    • 90% field deployment, raising police visibility and bringing down the crime rate

Jesse Robredo quotes

Lagi ko pong sinabi na itinaas na natin ang antas o sukat ng paglilingkod. Hindi na sapat na tayo ay matino lamang. Hindi rin sapat na tayo ay mahusay lamang. Hindi lahat ng matino ay mahusay, at lalo naming hindi lahat ng mahusay ay matino. Ang dapat ay matino at mahusay upang karapat dapat tayong pagkatiwalaan ng pera ng bayan.


Our political history has shown that we have put the burden of running this country to our “best” people for too long. And yet the gap between the rich and the poor has grown wider. For this country to succeed, we need to make heroes of the ordinary people. We need to make heroes of ourselves

-  Then Naga City Mayor Jesse Robrdeo at the Commencement Exercises of the Ateneo de Manila University, March 29, 2003