GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – Sarangani Gov. Miguel Rene Dominguez became the first recipient of the Jesse Robredo Leadership Award (JRLA) when he was honored by the Galing Pook Foundation Monday, March 18.
Named after the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, the award is given to incumbent local executives “who have shown effective, transparent, accountable, participatory, innovative and ethical leadership.”
Robredo died in a plane crash in August 2012.
Dominguez said he was honored by the award.
At 36, Dominguez is bowing out from politics after serving Sarangani as its youngest governor and for 3 consecutive terms. He will step down when his last term ends on June 30 this year.
Dominguez said he was inspired by Robredo, who he called as his mentor, and patterned his successful and multi-awarded Quest Program (Quality Education for Sarangani Today) after the late Cabinet Secretary’s similar educational program in Naga City.
Like Robredo, Dominguez was also product of the Ateneo educational system. Robredo also took a leave in politics after serving as mayor of Naga from 1988 to 1998. After 3 years, he again ran and won as mayor and served another three 3-year terms.
In 2010, Robredo was appointed Interior and Local Government Secretary by President Benigno Aquino III.
Dominguez finished his elementary and high school education at the Ateneo de Davao before attending and graduating with a degree in economics at the Boston College in Massachusetts, USA.
He was on his way to becoming a successful marketing man of their family-owned Alsons Aqua Products Inc, selling the world famous Sarangani Prime Bangus product, when he was thrust into politics, substituting for his father as candidate for governor of Sarangani in 2004.
Dominguez joined politics at a tender age of 27, becoming the youngest governor in Mindanao in 2004.
In recognizing Dominguez as the first JRLA winner, the Galing Pook Foundation said the governor “has clearly demonstrated how good governance should be practiced and pursued.”
Dominguez first ran against the graft and scandal-ridden administration of former Gov. Miguel Escobar.
He turned Sarangani, once one of the economic basket cases of Mindanao, into a “bastion of good governance” and improved the province’s ranking in educational achievement, the award said. From zero achievement in scoring 75 per cent or more in National Achievement Test (NAT) in 2007, Sarangani improved to 35 per cent in 2012. It is now ranked first in NAT passing in Region 12.
The province was also conferred the Seal of Good Housekeeping in recognition of its exemplary performance in governance, transparency and accountability.
Under his stewardship, Sarangani was also cited for excellence “in the areas of planning, budgeting, revenue mobilization, financial management and budget execution, procurement, and resource mobilization.” – Rappler.com
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