• Masbate boulevard named after Jesse

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    NAGA CITY: A boulevard in Masbate City would be named after the late Jesse Robredo, who was a former Naga City mayor and Interior and Local Government secretary.

    Jose Cokie Medina, chairman of the Masbate City Tourism Council, said the peace advocate will always be remembered in the province.

    As the people’s way of showing their undying love for Robredo, Medina said, a boulevard in Masbate City was named after him.

    Medina added that the boulevard is located near the site where his plane crashed three years ago.

    Robredo is a Ramon Mag-saysay awardee, which is regarded as Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize. He was recognized for his good governance reforms, transparency, humility, and simplicity.

    Before his work at the Department of Interior and Local Government, he served for many years overseeing Naga City’s development.

    He was the prime advocate of peace initiatives in the island province of Masbate, where he asked leaders from different political camps to unite and set aside political differences in an effort to push for development.

    When he joined President Aquino’s administration, Ro-bredo initiated the Salintubig project that aimed to provide potable water to waterless communities across the country.

    On that fateful day three years ago, Robredo was in Cebu to represent President Aquino in a national conference of civilian volunteers of the Philippine National Police. It was reported that he was hurrying home to attend an event of his youngest daughter Jilian.

    Robredo and his aide, Senior Insp. Don Abrasado, rode a twin-engine, four-seater Piper Seneca plane with pilot and plane-owner, Capt. Jessup Bahinting, and a Nepalese trainee, Kshitiz Chand.

    But the plane had engine trouble and nose-dived as it attempted an emergency landing at the Masbate Airport. Robredo, Bahinting and Chand died in the plane crash. Robredo’s aide, Abrasado, was the lone survivor.

    Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said Robredo put Naga City in the map not only of the Philippines but especially in Asia on account of his enlightened leadership and his expertise in management that engineered the growth of the city.

    “Secretary Robredo was a dedicated public servant and a champion of good governance whose track record in public service has been an inspiration to all those who believe in government as an instrument for positive change,” Salceda told The Manila Times.

    “Jesse Robredo was destined to die in Masbate. Why despite of so many places he passed by, he died here. God wants Jesse Robredo to die here to sow good governance where only few leaders follow the same (kind of) leadership,” said Judge Igmedio Emilio F. Campo-sano of Municipal Circuits Trial Court in Aroroy-Baleno.

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