Schools to discuss Robredo's life and legacy on his funeral

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Monday, August 27, 2012


STUDENTS all over the country will have the time to learn and reflect on the life of the late Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo on Tuesday, the day he will be laid to rest in his home city of Naga.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro instructed all Department of Education (DepEd) regional directors to disseminate a module developed by DepEd-Bicol where Robredo served as Naga mayor for 19 years before he joined the Aquino administration in 2010.

Robredo's life and works will be discussed in subjects Araling Panlipunan and Values Education.

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In Araling Panlipunan, students will be oriented about Robredo's honest public service while the module on Values Education will highlight the late official's example as a responsible father and husband.

Robredo's efforts to make Naga as model of people participation in governance have not gone unnoticed. In 1999, the defunct Asiaweek Magazine named Naga as one of Asia's most improved cities. A year later, Robredo bagged the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service.

Robredo, an anti-corruption advocate, was also a recipient of the 1996 Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP) Award, the Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines (TOYM) and the 1998 Konrad Adenauer Medal of Excellence as Most Outstanding City Mayor of the Philippines.

"If our students recognize honest and dedicated public servants as the norm rather than the exception, this will help accelerate the process of social transformation, and then Secretary Jesse would not have died in vain," Luistro said.

Robredo died, along with two pilots, in a plane crash off Masbate on August 18. His aide Jun Abrasado survived the accident. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)

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