Of all the things that Jesse Robredo is known for, perhaps his greatest contribution to Philippine governance is people empowerment. In a democracy where the richest and most familiar wield the most power, Robredo stood out with his simplicity and sincerity and gave it all back to the people. He believed in empowering people to bring change where it is most needed.
With his death last August, more Filipinos became aware of the legacy
left behind by the late Secretary of Interior and Local Government. Now,
the Jesse M. Robredo Foundation, in cooperation with the Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance & Ethical Leadership and the Ateneo School of Government, hopes to spread the Robredo legacy to more young leaders in the country.
The first ever Jesse Robredo Youth Leaders Camp, with the theme "Empowering the Youth for Good Governance Toward Nation Building,"
aims to inculcate in the hearts and minds of young Filipino leaders the
leadership values and principles that Robredo had lived out. From
February 8 to 10, 2013 at Camp Explore in Antipolo City, the camp
aspires to inspire the youth and empower them to be agents for change in
good governance toward nation building.
We will be bringing together 50-60 sophomore and junior college student
leaders from different schools in Metro Manila. To talk about Robredo's
leadership style, we also expect to learn from his close friends and
colleagues, such as Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca, Interior and
Local Government Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II, Budget Secretary
Florencio "Butch" Abad, DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero,
Transparency and Accountability Network Executive Director Vincent
Lazatin, and Synergeia Foundation President and CEO Dr. Nene Guevara,
Details of the event as well as the nomination and application
procedures can be found in this blog. This will be updated as needed so
make sure you check in regularly!