Martin LAST RESPECTS–Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez, Senior Deputy Speaker Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales Jr. and Majority Leader Manuel Jose “Mannix” Dalipe offer prayers as they pay their last respects to former MMDA Chairman, Mayor and Representative of Marikina Bayani Fernando on Monday night at the Queen of Angels Chapel in Riverbanks Center, Marikina City. Photo by Ver Noveno

House extends profound condolences to family of BF

September 26, 2023 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 190 views

THE House of Representatives has adopted a resolution expressing its condolences to the family of the late former Marikina City mayor and congressman, Bayani “BF” F. Fernando.

House Resolution (HR) No. 1332, introduced by Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez, Deputy Speaker Aurelio “Dong” D. Gonzales Jr., Majority Leader Manuel Jose “Mannix” M. Dalipe, Minority Leader Marcelino C. Libanan, Senior Deputy Majority Leader Ferdinand Alexander A. Marcos, and Tingog Partylist Reps. Yedda Marie K. Romualdez and Jude A. Acidre, pays tribute to Fernando’s remarkable life and significant contributions.

Fernando’s illustrious career spanned various key roles, including serving as mayor of Marikina City for three consecutive terms from 1992 to 2001, president of the Metro Manila Mayor’s League in 2001, chairperson of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in 2002, secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways in 2003, a return to his previous post as MMDA chair from the later part of 2003 to 2009, and Representative of the First Legislative District of Marikina City during the 17th and 18th Congress from 2016 to 2022.

In the resolution, Fernando is hailed as “a true public servant” whose unwavering commitment to leadership and governance “serves as a prime example for all local public officials, as he never succumbed to popular influence when it came to enforcing the laws.”

The resolution also recognizes Fernando as a “staunch advocate of simple, effective, and science-based policies and the preservation of the rule of law, exemplifying a strong and commendable track record of reliable governance.”

HR 1332 was adopted in consolidation with HR Nos. 1327 and 1330. In line with his vision of responsive and effective governance, Fernando initiated programs that focused on sanitation and upholding the rule of law in the City of Marikina.

Under his leadership, Marikina swiftly transformed from a fourth-class municipality into a model city, renowned for its cleanliness, law-abiding residents, and pedestrian accessibility.

This remarkable progress earned Marikina the prestigious title of Best National Capital Region Local Government Unit in 1994 and the Most Outstanding City in the Philippines in 1997.

During his tenure as the head of the MMDA, Fernando exhibited unwavering political determination and applied scientific and practical solutions to address perennial issues in Metro Manila, including waste management, traffic congestion, and flooding.

While serving in the House of Representatives as Deputy Minority Leader in the 18th Congress, Fernando focused on policy advocacies to enhance transportation, the MMDA, and private infrastructure.

He introduced notable bills, including House Bill (HB) 0922, also known as the “Road Use Act of 2019”; HB 0923, the “Philippine Building Act of 2019”; and HB 2141, titled “An Act Enhancing the Effectiveness of the Metropolitan Manila Council in Formulating Policies, Rules, and Regulations, and in Enacting Ordinances for Metro Manila, Amending for the Purpose Republic Act (RA) 7924, entitled “An Act Creating the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Defining its Powers and Functions, Providing Funds Therefor and for Other Purposes.”

Fernando was also a co-author of several nationally significant laws, including RA 11534, known as the “Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act”; RA 11291, the “Magna Carta of the Poor”; RA 11229, the “Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act”; and RA 11215, the “National Integrated Cancer Control Act.”

In recognition of his steadfast leadership and contributions to governance, Fernando received numerous awards and honors throughout his lifetime, including a Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa from the Ateneo de Cagayan, the Outstanding Filipino Award for Government Service, the H.R. Reyes Medallion of Honor from the Central Colleges of the Philippines, and a Doctor of Public Administration, Honoris Causa from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP).