Office of the Vice President
17 August 2017
The City of Naga is set to mark the fifth death anniversary of its long-time mayor, the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, with a series of activities, including a biking event that aims to promote the beliefs he had espoused as a public servant.
“Freedom Cycle,” which features a 24-kilometer route, is a project of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF), in its bid to promote the development of “smart cities,” as well as people empowerment.
Organized in partnership with the Office of the Vice President, the City Government of Naga, and the Kaya Natin Movement, the biking event will be held on August 19, Saturday, 5 a.m., starting at the Naga City Hall Grounds.
Vice President Leni Robredo will join this, along with at least 1,000 expected participants.
VP Leni noted that during her late husband’s years as mayor, he would go around the city in his bicycle, as part of his initiatives to engage citizens more in governance.
“Ito ay ginagawa to commemorate the death anniversary of Jesse, pero isinusulong pa din natin iyong mga paniniwalang pinaniwalaan niya noong siya ay nabubuhay pa. Kabahagi na nito iyong freedom,” the Vice President said in a press conference for the event on Thursday. “Kaya sponsor natin sa event na ito iyong FNF kasi ito din iyong advocacy ng FNF dito sa Pilipinas—na suportahan iyong lahat ng institusyon, suportahan lahat ng officials, saka mga ordinaryong Pilipino na nagsusulong ng parehong adbokasiya.”
Meanwhile, several activities will be held on August 18, Sec. Jesse’s fifth death anniversary, including a Mass at his final resting place in Eternal Gardens Naga, to be followed by the inauguration and blessing of the Jesse M. Robredo Museum.