News update: Robredo is new DILG chief

Posted on July 9, 2010


By Thea Alberto, Yahoo! Southeast Asia

President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has appointed former Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo to head the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Robredo, the only Filipino Mayor to have been conferred with the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service, has been chosen to head the valuable post, said Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa.

Robredo was first elected as Naga City Mayor in 1988, making him the youngest Philippine city mayor at age 29. Under his term, Naga was identified as one of the “Most Improved Cities in Asia” by Asiaweek Magazine in 1999.

Earlier this week, Aquino said he wants his DILG Secretary to have “synchronicity” with his vision, must have expertise in the local government and must have working knowledge with the Philippine National Police.

The DILG Secretary post had earlier been requested by Vice President Jejomar Binay.

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