SORSOGON CITY, 27May2013 (BicolToday.com) – The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) will issue special commemorative stamps to honor the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesus “Jesse” Robredo in time for his birthday on May 27 at Naga City.
The stamp launch will coincide a thanksgiving gathering to be hosted by Congresswoman-elect and wife of Secretary Jesse, Atty.Leni Robredo.
The commemorative stamp highlights Robredo’s signature photo, with a picture of the late President Manuel L. Quezon and the Quezon Service Cross, which was awarded to Secretary Jesse in recognition to his exemplary service to the nation.
The award is the highest recognition given by the state to any Filipino. Only the President of the Philippines can nominate individuals for the award, with the concurrence of Congress.
In 1988, Robredo was known as the youngest local chief executive in Philippine history when he was elected Mayor of Naga City at the age of 29. During his time as city mayor, Robredo was known to his law-adhering style of governance. He was able to get the people’s participation and stakeholdership in governance that made Naga City the premier city of the Bicol Region.
On July 9, 2010, he was appointed as Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) by President Benigno Aquino III after serving as Mayor of Naga City for 19 years.
He died on August 18, 2012 in a plane crash off Masbate coast after an official engagement in Cebu City. The whole nation mourned the sudden passing of this humble leader which was given a state funeral.
According to Postmaster General Josefina M. Dela Cruz, “the Jesse M. Robredo commemorative stamps is a fitting tribute to a humble leader, a dear friend and a great public servant whose life and legacy shall be a source of inspiration and pride by every common Filipino.” [BicolToday.com]