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Salamat Jesse!

UPD constituents at a mass that preceded the tribute to
the late DILG Secretary Jesse Manalastas Robredo.

(August 22)—A tribute to the late Secretary of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Jesse Manalastas Robredo was held at the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) at 3 p.m. today.

Secretary Robredo was among the four people on board a Piper Seneca en route to Naga City from Cebu that went down the sea near Masbate province while trying to make an emergency landing. His body was recovered on Tuesday, August 21.

Over a hundred constituents of the NCPAG, comprised mostly of its faculty members, administrative staff and students, attended the tribute, which was preceded by a mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. Henry E. Ferreras of the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice.

NCPAG dean Dr. Edna Estifania Co said Robredo lived a full, exemplary public life unequalled by anyone and no one can fill his shoes.

Vice President for Public Affairs Dr. Prospero De Vera, on the other hand, said “it was very rare that a secretary of the DILG would really focus on local governments rather than interior.” He said it was also “a very good decision that he was chosen as the speaker in the last graduation ceremony of the NCPAG.”

Robredo is described by the DILG as a “multi-awarded local chief executive of Naga City,” under whose leadership “Naga has transformed into the premier city of the Bicol Region.”

NCPAG dean Dr. Edna Estifania Co and Vice President for Public Affairs Dr. Prospero De Vera

According to the DILG website, Robredo obtained a Masters in Public Administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He completed his Masters in Business Administration at UPD, “finishing at the top of his class as a university and college scholar.”

Robredo also received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Good Governance in June 2012.

Other personalities who paid tribute to Robredo were: Romy Carlos, Executive Director of the UP Alumni Association; Dr. Alex B. Brilliantes Jr. of NCPAG; and former NCPAG faculty members Dr. Proserpina Domingo Tapales and Prof. Leonor Magtolis Briones. --CAI