Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto revealed the public service that he admired the most in a post two years ago.
On a tweet, Sotto wrote a post dedicated to the late Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jessie Robredo.
According to Sotto, he was amazed by Robredo’s style of governance and shared that the transparency ordinance he filed in Pasig City was inspired by the late Interior Secretary.
However, the Mayor said that he never met Robredo personally, but he learned many things by watching videos and reading things about him.
“I never had the chance to meet Jesse Robredo, but I’m so thankful for his life and all that I’ve learned from his wisdom & leadership, even if only indirectly through mutual friends, reading, and videos,” Sotto said.
“The Transparency Ordinance I filed in Pasig is, in part, inspired by Jesse Robredo,” he added.
The Transparency Ordinance I filed in Pasig is, in part, inspired by Jesse Robredo.
— Vico Sotto (@VicoSotto) August 18, 2018
He even called Naga City, the bailiwick of the Robredo’s as the ‘hotbed of citizen empowerment and participation in government’ contrary to what President Rodrigo Duterte described.
We talked to many groups (from urban poor to market vendors). What's amazing is that ALL of them said that the government doesn't simply tell them how things will be done; they give input & usually arrive at a consensus. From top to bottom, everyone is a stakeholder!#NagaCity
— Vico Sotto (@VicoSotto) August 24, 2018
Vice President Leni Robredo also gave advice to Vico when he was elected as the Mayor of Pasig City.
She also said that they’re willing to help the Pasig City Mayor if needed.
” ‘Yung pinaka-mensahe, maraming paghihirap ang pagdadaanan. Sana mag-stay lang ng course. Maraming temptations. Maraming shortcuts na dadaanan niya, pero sana ‘yung focus parating nandyan,” Robredo told Sotto.
“Andito lang naman kami. Hindi lang ako pero lalo na ‘yung mga katrabaho ng asawa ko. Nagvo-volunteer kami kung meron siyang kailangan na tulong from us para matuto sa lessons na pinagdaanan.” she added.