Jejomar Binay, Mayor of Makati City

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Jejomar C Binay
Mayor of Makati City (Philippines)

The finalists for the 2006 World Mayor Award were chosen on the number of votes received as well as on the persuasiveness and conviction of supporting statements. Below we publish an representative selection of comments received about the mayor.

Comment: Mayor Jejomar Binay is the best mayor Makati City ever had. One of his top priorities is education. What the national government cannot provide in education, Mayor Binay augments. Modern school buildings, free textbooks, workbooks, t-shirts, school materials and free lunch are all provided thus enjoying fully the benefits derived from local taxes paid. It comes back to the people of Makati through infrastructures, free health services, security/peace and order thus enjoying a good quality of life in the city. Long live Mayor Binay.

Comment: Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay is an epitome of a public servant whose leadership is anchored on the principle of "genuine service" for the people, for the community and for the nation. He stands for a brand of leadership that is pro-people, meaning that his heart is always of service to his fellowmen, especially in Makati City. Mayor Binay, undoubtedly, transformed Makati from an old and undeveloped locality into a higly-urbanized, economically stable, environmentally sound, and spiritually high place to live in.

For us, the youth of today, Mayor Binay is an inpiration and a good example of a leader who has unselfishly served the people of Makati. He is a leader who has a passion for the total development of the various sectors of society- the youth, the women, the elderly, the public sector, the private sector, the business community, etc. His commitment and dedication of service is paramount and unparallel. He is really an inspiration of today's younger generation, that amidst the bad reputation tagged against politicians and leaders in the Philippines, Mayor Binay is totally a different and beyond compare. That's why, I am proud and honored to give my only vote for Mayor Jojomar C. Binay of Makati City, Philippines for World Mayor 2006. I would be very glad if Mayor Binay is this year's World Mayor. Thank you.

Comment: Mayor Binay has made Makati City the e-capital of the Philippines. The educational sector has benefited much from his programs of excellence in education in terms of beautiful schoolbuildings and free school supplies, workbooks, computerization of schools and supplementary feeding program for the schoolchildren of Makati. His administration's social services program is also noteworthy. He is the best mayor Makati has ever had.

Comment: Hon. Jejomar C. Binay is a man with principle, with conviction, with determination and with much love and passion to improve the lives of his constituents, especially the underprivileged. He's one of the most awarded personalities in the whole country for being dynamic, intelligent and a brilliant leader in the world of politics. He's a man with a big heart, easy to work with.

Comment: There is one thing I like about Mayor Binay, He loves to serve people, and he is a really a public servant. You can see him around the city checking every corner of the streets while he is having exercise in the morning. It was a lovely experience to see him eating in the small food shop and join ordinary people. I Hhope he will continue more because we support his dreams for Makati City.

Comment: As a resident of Makati City since 1975 I can attest that Mayor Binay is the best City CEO any city can hope for. His electoral record confirms this and those who know him personally like myself confirms this. He is best for elderly, youth and environment. Mayor Binay has the capability to manage any city. Not just Makati. I cannot imagine any better mayor. Mayor Binay's concern for all sectors of society is unparallelled. His concerns for the citizens are visible in the schools and hospitals that he has built for the citizens of Makati City.

Comment: Makati City Mayor Jejomar C. Binay is a great leader and administrator. I am not a Makati resident but his name resounds to almost all parts of the Philippines. I have studied the City Government of Makati as a student of public administration. His achievements as Local Chief Executive is really commendable since his assumption in office in 1986. I have learned that he really made significant transformation in Makati. He ensured an effective, efficient and equitable delivery of social services like health and education for the people of Makati. His craft of leadership is incontestable ever since. He is also behind Makati's great and strong partnership with cities and municipalities in the Philippines and abroad through the sister cities project. Through this effort, Makati has established a close link and cooperation with other cities locally and internationally, has shared and imparted its experiences in urban development, and has helped other not-so-developed municipalities through various programs like a "donate a book" in the Philippines. Because of Mayor Jejomar C. Binay, Makati became an inspiration of other municipalities in the Philippines in their developmental programs and projects. In our province in Masbate, for instance, the name of Mayor Binay exemplifies a great leader and administrator whose dedication to uplift and improve the lives of his constituents is beyond questions.

Comment: I vote for Mayor Binay because he is a man of principle. He stands for what he believes is right, especially for the people. He is a human rights advocate. He is willing to die for the country. He is not afraid to oppose even the president of the philippines as long as he believes that he is fighting for the truth and clean government.

Comment: I chose mayor Jejomar Binay because since the time I became a teacher here in Makati, I have seen the progress of the city. He was the one who started the non-tuition fees to all public schools. He also gave free school supplies including books, notebooks, paper, pencils, crayons and workbooks. in addition to this there was also the time wherein he gave free uniforms and shoes also. That shows how kind-hearted and generous our Mayor is. He had shown so much good things to us that no word can describe. In him, I see the kind of government official we desire to have.

Comment: Makati City would not have been as progressive as it is today had it not been for the leadership of Mayor Binay, who is very responsive to the needs and concerns of its residents and the business community. He's a man of vision and action. He knows what his residents need and knows also how to prioritize these needs. He fights for the rights of his constituents and always ready to defend these rights.
: Mayor Binay deserves credit for the transformation of our city from a slump municipality into a powerhouse city. He is capable to empower the people to do better, because he knows we can. He has never failed to be in the community's reach whenever possible. He is a people's champion for me. I really admired how he has managed to contribute a lot in our city's transformation, programs to free education and free health services at its highest quality. He is the icon for success and confidence. We believe that he is the person who has changed Makati.

Comment: I'm one of the thousands of very lucky students of Makati, For the many years he has served to our community, he has changed Makati from an ugly city to a very beautiful and progressive one. He prioritized mainly to the education of the Makati youth! In the Philippine,s Makati students are praised for the quality of education that we have been acquiring from elementary right up to college. He makes sure that everybody has a chance to study especially the poor by giving free school supplies and free education to the Makati Public Schools that he built. I've been a wide-eyed witness to Mayor Binay's priceless service. That's all.

Comment: As a public school teacher, I have witnessed the many privileges that the pupils have enjoyed all the years I have been teaching in Makati. Pupils receive free school supplies including workbooks and notebooks, free uniform with school bags. These materials have helped the parents of the underprivileged children to send them to school. I truly appreciate the effort because it has made teaching a lot easier.

Comment: Mayor Jejomar Binay is a brilliant mayor and a good leader as well. He has improved the quality of life of the poor people of Makati. He is one who cares for those who have little or nothing in life. I respectfully vote him the best leader, Mayor Jejomar Binay of Makati City,Philippines. Good luck Mayor Binay!

Comment: Mayor Jejomar Binay of Makati City, Philippines, is a classic example of a world class mayor. He passed and mandated many city ordinances that protects the welfare of his people, so peace and order reigns in this city. He spends the city's income in building infrastructures like schools, health centers, sports complexes, barangay halls, roads and bridges. He ensures that free education, books, and other school materials are allocated to elementary and secondary students. His sincerity to emancipate families from the bondage of poverty is evident in all his effort of extending aids/public service to them. He mingles with people from all walks of life and he listens to them, so finding appropriate solutions to their problems is acted at once.

Comment: I am 65 years old and have seen local government leaders come and go! Mayor Binay is not only been tireless but has always worked for the general good of his constituency although it may seem detrimental to the country at times.

Comment: This gutsy, innovative Mayor has contributed a lot to making Makati truly the premier city in the Philippines. His penchant for the poor of his beloved Makati has endeared him to them. His free medical services to legitimate Makati residents at the hospital built during his term is a showcase of service of a true public servant. Senior citizens of Makati are treated to free movies. Birthday celebrants, whether rich or poor receive Pesos 1000 every year; and so on. The latest addition to his many feats is the very recent modernization of the Makati police response system. The bottom line is taxes are being spent wisely for the benefit of all residents of Makati. I hope I too can be one of them, a resident!Comment: Mr. Jejomar Binay is the mayor with a HEART. He has genuine love and concern for his constituents. His projects and programs are geared towards the upliftment of education, health and livelihood of the people of Makati. The world class infrastructure of school buildings and government offices from the smallest schools and barangays to the prominent ones speak of Mayor Binay's global dream for the City of Makati. The ICT program of the city is materialized in the schools and in the community by offering free ICT classes in the Non formal education of the schools to the Basic Literacy training in the barangays. This paved the way to more globally competent Makati constituents particularly the out of school youths. Peace and order in the city is also commendable under his leadership. Beautification and environmental projects and programs in his administration answer the need for global greening and pollution free world for the people of Makati and other parts of the globe.

Comment: I believe that Mayor Binay continues to make education and health one of his main prioritie. He has advanced the educational level of learning in Makati City and continues to help those poor street children go to school. He is an excellent choice as he has transformed our city as an industrialized and child/poor-caring city. it is our utmost respect and honor to be one of his constituents in Makati City.

Comment: Mayor Binay transformed Makati into a globally competitive community. All programs are being implemented like health program. His programmes cater all rich and poor in the community in a highly technical hospital. the health program is much welcome by the poor who can't afford to buy medicine. Hospitals were built for the people. Schools in the different barangays were constructed. These schools were fully equip and students who can't afford or can afford to go to private schools prefer to go to these public schools which are well equipped and very conducive place to learning.

Comment: Mayor Jojo Binay played an important role in making Makati as the financial center of the Philippines. He has so many projects for his constituents. For young people, for out of school youth, children, women, senior citizens, disabled person. We have our own basketball court in every barangay in each district,we have 21 elementary schools, 9 secondary schools, a university, we have our own Makati Park,hospital, an olympic swimming pool, Makati coliseum, our own Makati housing tenement plus a beautiful city hall. Makati shall lead the Philippines into the 21st century.

Comment: Education is what Mayor Binay is known for here in Makati. He is responsible for more than 95% literacy rate here in Makati. Before he became mayor, there wasn't a public high school in sight. Now, its almost impossible to drive around Makati without seeing one. Comment: Mayor Binay has shown real public service through his dedication to and delivery of basic services. He stands for good governance based on equality and justice.

Comment: As the mayor of the financial capital of the Philippines, Mayor Binay does not only focus on the financial/economic aspect of the city but he gives his best efforts to make the city service oriented.

Comment: Mayor Binay's dedication to his work is really excellent. He has made so much changes in Makati, such as promoting cleanliness to the streets as well as in the whole of Makati and is encouraging people to plant trees. Not only environmental projects he focused into but also promoting changes into a persons life like eradicating drug addicts and pusher. Since this is the most common problem in our country. His devotion to these projects makes him an inspiration to Makati and to the whole Philippines.

Comment: Mayor Binay has been responsible for the transformation of Makati City into the business capital of the Philippines. He's a brilliant architect when it comes to planning and developing his city and providing services to his constituents.

Comment: For me Mayor Binay is the best mayor of the world because of his programs and projects concentrate on the welfare and protection of his constituents. When he was appointed as mayor after the EDSA revolution, the city was in debt of a huge amount to the point that he cannot support any projects. But through his help and strict governance he was able to regain the trust of his constituents and investors that resulted to the payment of all the city's debt and was able to save funds for the city. He's programs and projects focus in all sectors. In our country, he is the only mayor who can give students free supplies of educational materials,All senior citizens were able to go to mall with so much discounts and free services to enjor,even their birthdays were remember by the city government of makati. You will not believe but here in the Philippines only the makati senior citizens where able to receive pension and birthday cake annually which where deliver on foot of their home. All Makati Constituents were given Free hospitalization using their ospital ng makati and free medical check up through their Health centers. The Makati implement their law and ordinances very strict. To the point that i have to be very careful when I visited Makati which where now copied by neighboring cities and municipalities. So much benefits where given to the citizens of Makati that we wish will be implemented too in our cities. He is a well known personality in our country even the president of the Philippines cannot do anything in Makati (he is not in good terms with the president) because he is well loved and treasured by his constituents, because he was able to go down to the poor, eat with them in the street, console them during downtime when their kin passed away. He always visited his constituents -  every barangay, every street, every home. That is why nobody can beat Mayor Binay because of his warm heart especially with the poor. So may praises to tell. The bottom line is he is the best mayor for me.

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