By: Rex Bernardo, 2011 Young Global Leader Fellow
“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.” – Benjamin Disraeli
In the light of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo’s reform agenda that focused on service to the people, it is our turn to paid tribute to his legacy by protecting and demanding the good governance initiatives that he had started.
According to Chiyo Kanda, World Bank Philippines acting country director, she said Robredo “advocated not only straight and open governance but smart governance as well.”
This is the very reason why Robredo always fought for an engaged citizenry - because they would be the ones to sustain and demand for good governance. The real driving forces behind the reforms are the ordinary citizens who do not succumb to the status quo.
Transparency, accountability and good governance are the hallmarks of Jesse Robredo’s so-called “tsinelas leadership”.
Under the leadership of Robredo, Naga City achieved a remarkable record, being the “most awarded” local government unit in the country by Galing Pook, a non-government organization which recognizes the best practices in local governance. To date, Naga City has received a total of 14 Galing Pook awards.
On its website, Galing Pook distill 10 lessons and “guideposts” on the practice of good local governance as shown by the record of Robredo and Naga City. These are:
1. Improve productivity. Naga embarked on a program that aimed to bring out the full potential of various departments and offices of the entire city government. The program focused on four main thrusts of providing sufficient services; getting optimum outputs with minimum expenditure; producing quality results as desired and planned; and making services accessible and acceptable.
2. Computerize. The city created an...