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Nearly a month after his death, accolades for the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo continued to pour, this time a Congressional Medal of Achievement from the House of Representatives.
Leni Robredo, the wife of the late Cabinet official, received the medal in simple rites as the session hall of the chamber on Wednesday.
Leni Robredo was accompanied by their youngest daughter, Jillian.
The posthumous conferment was covered by House Resolution 280 that honored Robredo for his life, work, and vision.
Robredo was recognized for his immeasurable contributions to promoting good governance and practicing the tenets of a real democratic and participatory government.
Robredo is regarded as a pillar of good governance, introducing
participatory democracy, enabling breakthrough improvements in local governance, according to the resolution authored by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Deputy Speaker Lorenzo Tañada III, Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II, Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, and Representatives Joseph Emilio Abaya (Cavite) and Henedina Abad (Batanes).
The resolution was adopted on August 28.
The secretary died on August 18 in a plane crash off the coast of Masbate City while on his way to his hometown in Naga City. He took off from Cebu City where he spoke in a convention onboard a Piper Seneca plane, which encountered engine trouble.
The nation mourned the death of the former mayor, who is regarded as a good and honest man.
In their resolution, the House leaders noted Robredo’s accomplishments, which included transforming Naga City from a third-class municipality into a progressive city in his 18 years as mayor. When President Benigno Aquino III assumed the presidency in 2010, he was appointed Interior and Local Government Secretary.
The resolution’s authors also said Robredo’s reforms, including the Full Disclosure Policy (FDP), have inspired not only government workers in the DILG but also other state agencies.
The FDP requires local government units to document and report how its funds are spent.
He personified rare qualities of integrity, ethical leadership, and transparency in government service worthy of the acclamation bestowed upon him by the Filipino people, the resolution said.