CFA Remembers Jesse Robredo

Aug 23rd 2012

CFA pays tribute to Jesse Robredo, not for the first time, in its upcoming issue of Gospel Komiks Magazine (GKM). In the October-November 2012 issue, GKM carries the article “Jesse Robredo (1958-2012): A Good Man Gone Too Soon.” The article calls the late cabinet secretary “an honest-to-goodness public servant… a down-to-earth person and a man of good will… a leader by good example… a man of integrity and dedication…”

More than a year before his appointment as Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, in the very first issue of CFA’s newest magazine Gospel Now (June-July 2009 issue), we first featured former Naga mayor Jesse Robredo, describing him as “a model civil servant.” In the article aimed at high school students, Robredo encouraged the youth to have hope for the future: “It’s all about hope… A good leader could start a turnaround.”

The year 2009 also saw the release of CFA’s video documentary “Candles in the Dark,” which features models of servant-leadership such as Jesse Robredo, Grace Padaca and Heidi Mendoza. For that hour-long documentary, the CFA production team went to Naga to interview Robredo and some of the city council officials on the participatory style of governing introduced by Robredo, which was, at the same time, transparent, responsible and accountable. In that interview, Robredo championed people empowerment, which meant sharing governance with non-government organizations and ordinary citizens.

The tributes that have poured in for Jesse Robredo celebrate a life of integrity and conscientious service, and affirm the value of goodness and hope.

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