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UNICEF joins Filipinos in mourning the loss of DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo

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Secretary Robredo, in photo with UNICEF OIC Representative Abdul Alim, was one of the leading champions of children’s rights and a pioneer of child-friendly local governance in the Philippines.

UNICEF sends its condolences to the family, friends and supporters of the late Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo.  Secretary Robredo was one of the leading champions of children’s rights and a pioneer of child-friendly local governance in the Philippines. His hard work, humility and leadership drew inspiration and admiration from the whole UN family.

The UN children’s agency began working with Robredo in early 2000’s when he was Mayor of Naga City. He would tirelessly join UNICEF in its regional summits for children, inspiring fellow mayors and other local officials on how investing in children is investing in good governance.  Robredo’s work in child friendly local governance promoted the city’s status as a Hall of Famer in the Presidential Award for Child Friendly Municipalities and Cities.  As the DILG Secretary, he pushed for the strengthening of local school boards and local councils for children, and urged local governments to invest in children’s programs. He was also instrumental in shaping the 2012-2016 partnership agreement between UNICEF and the Government of the Philippines aiming to reach out to children most affected by disasters, conflict and urban challenges.

“I had the honor of working with Secretary Robredo over the last two years. I found him to be a person of high integrity, sincerity with a very high sense of purpose. He was extremely helpful on issues related to children in Philippines. He took personal interest in UNICEF’s work and will be missed as a great contributor to the cause of child rights in the Philippines. We join his family, his close associates and the city of Naga in paying our respects, our tribute to his lifelong services to this nation and send heartfelt condolence and prayers for his soul to rest in peace,” Abdul Alim, UNICEF OIC Representative said.

UNICEF sends its sympathies to the Secretary’s family, friends and supporters at this difficult time. 

 

 

 
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