governance helped revive Naga, says Robredo
Jesse Robredo, recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2000
for government service, said participatory governance helped
in the rebuilding of Naga City in the past decade.
La Salle alumnus, he visited the campus last July 11 to deliver
a lecture that was part of the Diamond Jubilee University
Lecture Series sponsored by the Carmelites of St. Therese
in cooperation with the Colleges and Universities in Metro
Manila. Hosted by DLSU-Manila, the event was attended by guests
and student representatives from 13 participating schools.
a 1980 graduate with a double degree in Mechanical Engineering
and Industrial Management Engineering minor in ME, shared
his experiences and insights on public governance. He started
his career in government in 1986, when then President Corazon
Aquino asked him to serve his hometown in Naga City. He took
charge of the Bicol River Basin Development Program and then
became Naga City mayor at the age of 29.
Robredo emphasized the importance of confidence-building as
a key to generating the participation and initiative of the
people. He said that one of the keys to the success of his
city was the introduction of a merit-based system for hiring
and promotion at the Naga City Hall.
As he generated support from the people, he was able to institute
massive changes in the local public system. Robredo said the
city’s economy was also revitalized by going into partnership
with local businesses, aside from improving public service.