I am on my sixth and final term as City Mayor of Naga, was President of the League of Cities of the Philippines, headed the Bicol Regional Development Council for two terms and has been Chairman of the Metro Naga Development Council during the last five terms I have been in office.
Aside from my work as City Mayor, I am involved with the Synergeia Foundation, the Galing Pook Foundation and the Ateneo De Manila School of Government in promoting better governance not only in local government units but also in other government institutions as well.
I have been an advocate of local autonomy and I deeply believe that our people can be better served if resources and authority are devolved to local government units. Of course, this should be hand in hand with exacting a system transparency and accountability on our local officials. While it may seem that the “islands of good governance” are few at the moment, they have demonstrated that the quality of service delivery is far more superior when it is handled by local authorities.