The Tsinelas Leaders from De La Salle University and San Pablo Colleges----Conray Arnigo, Patricia Cortez, Madeline Si, Quennie Soriano and Clyde Jayvy Villanueva, along with four staff members from the Jesse M. Robredo Foundation (Ms. Regina Monsayac, Ms. Andrea Cruz, Mr. Taki Tateno and Mr. Amiel Lazo) took the initiative to bring a meaningful beacon of hope in the humble town of Kiangan, specifically for the elementary students of Duit Elementary School.
On the days that Secretary’s plane perished, we were feverishly beating the deadline to submit a grant proposal for a USAID competition on education governance. But it became a futile exercise because we were crying and praying, and crying and praying.’ And then, it dawned on us that we only had to write about his life and his work with children.
Five years after the country lost the revered public official, following an engine trouble that would cause the Piper Seneca he was in to crash off the shores of Masbate, killing the then DILG chief and the aircraft’s two pilots, Criselda Yabes, recreates those terrifying last hours from the recollections of those closest to him: his wife Leni, his children, and his aide-de-camp, Jun Abrazado, who survived the mishap.
ESSC was invited to participate in the Fellowship Night of the Jesse Robredo Foundation’s Young Leaders Governance Program on March 30. The Fellowship Night used a World Cafe approach which allowed the 38 young public leaders from Regions 1,2, 3, 4, 5 and CAR to interact with various partner organizations carrying programs on health, environment, food security, education, among others.
He is remembered as the young mayor who helped shaped Naga into the city that it is today, the first former local chief executive appointed to the powerful Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service in 2000, and a champion of good governance at the local level.