JUNE 21, 2009

REF.: MAKATI ICRD, 8998938

The Province of Isabela has proclaimed Makati Mayor and United Opposition (UNO) President Jejomar C. Binay an “Outstanding Isabelino” during the recent celebration of the province’s 153rd Foundation Day.

Binay’s mother, Lourdes Cabauatan, was a native of Cabagan, Isabela.

Isabela Governor Grace Padaca led local officials and residents in recognizing Binay for his “exemplary and meritorious performance” as a public servant, champion of the causes of the poor, human rights advocate, nationalist, and leader.

The Award of Excellence, signed by Gov. Padaca, Rep. Edwin Uy and Vice Gov. Ramon Reyes, hailed Binay for succeeding despite his humble origins, thus “giving invaluable contribution to the upliftment of the image and honor of the Province of Isabela .”

For his part, Binay thanked Padaca and the provincial government for conferring on him the said distinction.

“I am very grateful and honored to be considered an outstanding son of Isabela.  I have never forgotten my roots, and this recognition has made me cherish even more my birthplace and province mates,” Binay said.

As Makati mayor, Binay has gained national and international acclaim for his administration’s outstanding programs on public health, education, social services, and infrastructure and other public services.  Under his administration, Makati has become one of the nation’s richest localities, and its financial stability has facilitated the delivery of quality public services to residents and other stakeholders of the city.

Binay ranked fourth among the Top Ten Best World Mayors in 2006 – the only Filipino and Southeast Asian on the list – in an internet-based search conducted by City Mayors, a London-based organization of professionals.

The World Health Organization and the Department of Health (DOH) have also lauded Binay for Makati ’s success as the country’s pilot area for community-based breastfeeding. Recently, Binay became the first local chief executive to be recognized by DOH as the “Most Supportive Local Chief Executive” to its newborn screening advocacy.

Under the Binay administration, Makati has reaped a number of distinctions, the most recent of which was being named the country’s “ Most Child-Friendly City ” in the highly urbanized category.  Other awards include the Dubai International Award for Best Practices 2002 for its Yellow Card program and the Manuel L. Quezon DOTS Achiever’s Award for its successful Tuberculosis Control campaign.  Makati is also the country’s first local government unit to attain universal health insurance coverage for its constituents through the PhilHealth sa Masa program.

Binay was brought up by an uncle after being orphaned at an early age.  His father, Diego Binay of Bauan, Batangas, died shortly after his mother passed away.  He supported himself through

college and law school at the University of the Philippines , and passed the bar exams in 1968. As a human rights lawyer, he gave free legal assistance to poor clients and victims of human rights abuses during the Marcos regime.  He also taught law, political science and public administration at various colleges in Metro Manila.

Binay was appointed acting mayor of Makati by President Corazon Aquino in 1986, becoming the first local official to be appointed after the EDSA Revolution.  He was subsequently elected mayor for three consecutive terms until 1998.  He served as Chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority during the three-year break, and was re-elected as Makati mayor in the 2001, 2004, and 2007 elections.


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