The Jesse M. Robredo Foundation (JMRF) is set to launch its lineup of activities for the commemoration of Sec. Jesse Robredo’s seventh death anniversary this coming August 18, 2019.
Jesse Robredo served as the mayor of Naga City for almost two decades before he was appointed as the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary during Former President Benigno Aquino III’s term. He was in his third year of service in the said office when he faced his untimely death in a plane crash, leaving a legacy of honest and selfless public service.
Vice President Leni Robredo, the late DILG secretary’s widow, will lead the media launch in her office at the Quezon City Reception House in New Manila on Thursday, August 8, 2019.
Kickstarting the lineup of activities is the launch of the second run of Be Like Jesse youth grant competition. In its launch in 2018, Be Like Jesse has granted partial funding for three youth projects in the Philippines. For this year, JMRF will be giving project grants to five youth-led projects before September ends.
As part of the third run of the Young Leaders for Good Governance Fellowship Program, the foundation will once again bring local officials to Naga City, the hometown of Sec. Jesse, for a site visit, on August 15 until August 17, 2019. Through this, the fellows will hear stories from the former Mayor’s colleagues and constituents about how he transformed Naga and learn how they can adopt these reforms in their respective LGUs.
Alongside this, the foundation will also bring back Araw ng Kabayanihan: Ang Kwento ni Jesse, a simultaneous nationwide reading of the comics, “Nay, Ano Ang Bayani” featuring the life of the late Sec. Jesse. Volunteers from various parts of the country will lead the storytelling activity on August 16, 2019 to children of ages 8 to 10 in their chosen schools or communities.
Also a highlight of this year’s Commemoration Month is the launch of Lakbay Pangarap, a donation drive led by the Foundation to bring 30 urban poor children to Kidzania for a day of play, while fueling their own personal dreams when they grow up. The field trip will be on August 20, 2019.
Through JMRF’s Project Buklat, the school library of Candon South Central School will be launched on August 30, 2019, the third library to be refurbished by the Foundation this year.
Gearing towards a new milestone, the Foundation is launching the Gawad Jesse M. Robredo Award, which seeks to perpetuate the life and leadership of the late secretary by recognizing mayors from various cities and municipalities across the country who embody his matino, mahusay, at may puso brand of leadership. Local officials who will be named recipients of the Gawad Jesse M. Robredo Award will be awarded in January 2020, receiving a trophy and a non-monetary grant from a partner organization to support a community development program in their respective local government units.
Through this award, the JMRF—in cooperation with Galing Pook Foundation, De La Salle University–Jesse M. Robredo Institute for Governance (DLSU-JRIG), and Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership—hopes to inspire other local leaders to become models of good governance by recognizing the leadership practices, values, and good governance programs of selected mayors.
With all these initiatives, the Jesse M. Robredo Foundation and its partners hope to relive the legacy of the late secretary and challenge today’s generation to champion good governance.