Jesse Robredo Foundation publishes booklet on best practices
“Matino at mahusay.”
These two words have been inexorably linked to the late Jesse Robredo since his untimely death in a plane crash more than two years ago. It is a succinct description of the kind of leadership that Robredo had preached and lived out. It is the legacy that the Jesse M. Robredo Foundation (JMRF) seeks to perpetuate among local government units all over the Philippines.
Last Wednesday, JMRF, together with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF), launched a booklet on the best practices of Robredo. Held at the historic Club Filipino in San Juan City, the event introduced the slim book detailing Robredo’s work while he was mayor of Naga City and in his two years as secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government.
“Matino at Mahusay: Best Practices of Jesse Robredo” summarizes the programs of the six-term former mayor of Naga City, including his methods and reasoning for implementing them.
Based on interviews of people who have worked with Robredo and witnessed his leadership style, the book provides information on the beginnings of Naga City and how Robredo introduced significant changes.
From motivating city hall employees to reinventing the local school board and introducing disaster risk and reduction strategies, the book provides a digestible source of information on how Robredo turned Naga City around from a third-class city to Bicol’s premier city.
With the publication of this book, JMRF and FNF hopes not only to document the work of Robredo in Naga and DILG, but also to spread these best practices to other local government units and help them to be effective, ethical, and empowering leaders to their own communities.
Present during the launch of the book were Jules Maaten, country director of FNF; JMRF board members Dr. Josephine Robredo-Bundoc, Vic Hao Chin, and Mark Yu; and JMRF Chairperson Leni Gerona-Robredo.
JMRF and FNF are giving away copies of the book to local officials and to school heads, with the aim of spreading these programs to other parts of the country as well as teaching them to future leaders.
As of now, limited copies are available but the foundation is expecting to publish more, including future updated editions with input from other sources who have similar stories to share about how Robredo led Naga.
The Jesse M. Robredo Foundation was established in 2013 with the aim of keeping Robredo’s legacy of good governance alive. Aside from a printed booklet, the foundation and FNF are also planning to release an e-book version for the younger, more tech-savvy audience.
Furthermore, plans to incorporate the lessons of the “matino at mahusay” style of leadership into school curricula is also being discussed.
Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo said she hopes that the book will inspire others to lead with competency and integrity, the way her husband did during his lifetime.
For those who may want to request a copy of the book, you can contact the Jesse Robredo Foundation at (02) 256-1446 or send an email to [email protected]
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