Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Mayor Marides Fernando Gets the Endorsements of Public Administration Practitioneers for World Mayor 2008

Although Mayor Marides Fernando is already in the 11 finalists of World Mayor 2008, the organizers will still have to consult international experts and specialists in the area of governance, public administration and local government. As the specialist of the International Movement of Development Managers (IMDM) in this field, I was encouraged to participate in this consultation process for the selection of the final winner of World Mayor 2008.

Below is the result of my analysis of the finalists:


I am the Vice Chairman of International Movement of Development Manager based at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), one of the leading institutions of higher learning in Asia and I am the specialist of the group in governance and local government. I am also a doctoral candidate of Doctor of Public Administration.

I read the profiles of the finalists and for me; they should be ranked as follows:

1st. Marides Fernando, Mayor of Marikina City, Philippines
2nd. Göran Johansson, Mayor of Gothenburg, Sweden
3rd. Phil Gordon, Mayor of Phoenix, USA
4th. Elmar Ledergerber, Mayor of Zurich, Switzerland
5th. Helen Zille, Mayor of Cape Town, South Africa
6th. Salvador Gandara, Mayor of Villa Nueva, Guatemala
7th. Mohammad Baqer Ghalibaf, Mayor of Tehran, Iran
8th. José Fogaça, Porto Alegre, Brazil
9th. Ulrich Maly, Mayor of Nürnberg, Germany
10th. Jaime Nebot, Mayor of Guayaquil, Ecuador
11th. Leopoldo Eduardo López, Mayor of Chacao, Venezuela

Thank you.

Prof. Sofronio Dulay
Vice – Chairman, International Movement of Development Manager
Director, AIM Alumni Association
4/F Lopez Hall, ACCM Bldg.,
Benavidez cor. Trasierra Streets,
Legaspi Village, Makati City
1223 Philippines

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Mayor Marides Fernando is now in the Top 11 Finalist of World Mayor 2008

The mayor of the Marikina City, Marides Carlos Fernando has been voted as one of 11 finalists in the 2008 World Mayor contest. Fernando stands amongst the world's eleven top mayors chosen through a total of 200,000 votes cast by citizens from all over the world between January and the end of June.

The Mayors of Cape Town in South Africa, Chacao in Venezuela, Gothenburg in Sweden, Guayaquil in Ecuador, Iranian capital of Tehran, Nurenberg in Germany, Phoenix in the US, Porto Alegre in Brazil, Villa Nueva in Guatemala and Zurich in Switzerland will compete with Marikina's Marides Fernando in this year's World Mayor contest.

While public voting is closed, the organizers of the World Mayor project will elect the mayor who has made significant contributions to the well-being of the community as the best mayor of the world in the year 2008.

The winner of the 2008 World Mayor Award and other results will be announced October 14.

Bayani Fernando for president of RP, will you vote him? How about Manny Villar, Noli de Castro, and Mar Roxas?

Yes, because I could see that he could be a good president.

1. He is the enforcer of public good. Poor Filipinos need side walks to walk on and play, Bayani recovered the sidewalks for them.

2. The poor needs a place to stay while in Manila..he built an affordable place for them in the Port Area.

3. The poor needs home..he confiscated lands from professional squatters and give them to real squatters..11,000 of them.

4. The poor needs job... he networked well with different companies both local and intertnational and provide one job per family (in Marikina while he was the Mayor).

5.. The poor wants to go abroad but they dont have money, he contacted Aram Agency and some other such kind of agencies which sent Pinoy abroad without placement fees.

6. Colenels and Generals are putting up colorum buses in EDSA, he apprehended them ..never fearing about his life for the good of the public.

7. Lawyers accupying public land near the river which blocked the bicycle lane for the working class and for the environment... he demolished the structures of the lawyers and challenged them to see him in court instead.

8. He has an abusive strategist who demolished squatters without provision for relocation..he fired his strategist.

9. His engineering staff discovered a big secret japanese WW ll - made manhole and nobody wants to go down and look at them..he went down and see, gave order later to fix them.

10. An obscure Catholic Church parishioner shyly approached him asking him to sing for a dinner fund raising... he went singing bringing in the three tenors and a band...the church raised so much money.

11. A campaigner approached him suggesting they operate a jueting..he almost boxed the guy out of his office.

12. He is the only son of a lawyer who became Mayor of Marikina. He has been well loved, well protected and well provided as a kid in the neighborhood, so he love the people in return and he has a complete trust on the people.

13. He is named Bayani...his sisters are named Mayumi, Ligaya, etc. He named his only child Tala.

14. He is an engineer, he built one of the tallest buildings in Ayala avenue but he likes to be remembered more as builders of characters.

15. His advocacy pictures showed him as a strict guy... but he is pro poor by heart..he said that the reason why he is fighting it out not to cry with the poor..because if he cried with them, "his tears will covered his eyes and when his eyes are blinded with tears, who will lead the way in bringing the poor out of poverty". Bayani is a Sacristan when he was a kid.

16. He looks very stern..but he can look right into your eyes and tell you in a folksy Marikina accent that all his life..."wala pa akong pinapatay na maski sino'...his politics is not politics of violence but politics of performance.

17. He has complete trust on the goodness of the Filipinos...when he ordered to free the sidewalks of encroachments from the poor and the rich violators, lots of politicians said that Bayani is not practicing politics of addition. Yes, but his political mathematics is "politics is subtraction and multiplication"..meaning few violators of the law will be against him for a while but the bigger number of general public..the poor and the rich alike who will benifit from his programs will like him..even those who were gainst him before.

18. He is a super rich businessman..yet, he is a folksy masa at heart with thick Marikina accent. He does not crave for the company of the socialites and his fellow rich.. he is more at ease with engineers and other hard working professionals and poor upcoming leaders.

19. Bayani Fernando is an enigma..a paradox...people are curious how he will clean the BIR, Customs, address the seccesionist movement, raise our GNP, per capita income, combat inflation and globalization....are you curious too?...well, he has a way of doing things....he will do it and he will do it well....BF Gets it Done. He is worth trying and you will never regret the way Marikenos and Metro Manilans are.

Wherever Metro Manila Goes, so Goes the nation..this is the political history of the Philippines.