SPEAKER Ferdinand Martin Romualdez on Friday conveyed his profound condolences to the family of the late former Marikina City mayor and Representative Bayani “BF” Flores Fernando.
“It is with a heavy heart that we offer our condolences on the passing of former Marikina City Mayor and Representative Bayani Fernando, a dedicated public servant who left an indelible mark on the city of Marikina and our nation,” Speaker Romualdez, leader of the 311-strong House of Representatives, said in extending his condolences to Fernando’s wife, Maria Lourdes, and his loved ones.
Marikina City Rep. Stella Luz Quimbo and Quezon Rep. Mark Enverga also expressed his condolences to the family of Fernando.
“Ang aming taos-pusong pakikiramay sa pamilya Fernando at buong bayan ng Marikina.
Hindi namin malilimutan at mananatili ang iyong pamana bilang ama ng lungsod na ginawang moderno ang ating pinakamamahal na Marikina. Maraming salamat BF,” Quimbo, senior vice chairperson of the House committee on appropriations, said.
“We, in the Nationalist People’s Coalition, lost a sterling member and public service exemplar with the untimely passing of Mayor and Congressman Bayani Fernando.
Bayani is a good man, energetic, and whose heart and mind were focused on his constituents, especially the residents and business community of Marikina City.
Bayani’s brand of public service is one of our benchmarks. He set high standards for all of us in NPC and in public service. The Bayani Fernando tenacity at solving problems and witty sense of humor were his most potent weapons.
No problem was unsolvable to Bayani. Bayani will most certainly be missed,” Enverga, a stalwart of NPC and chairman of the House committee on agriculture and food, said for his part.
The Speaker credited Fernando on the transformation of the country’s shoe capital from 4th class municipality to a model city with numerous citations and distinctions during his term as mayor that set the standards for other cities to follow.
“His service as the representative for Marikina’s first congressional district from 2016 to 2022, as well as his tenure as Mayor of Marikina from 1992 to 2001, where he transformed the city into a model for others to follow, exemplified his commitment to progress and development,” Speaker Romualdez stressed.
Speaker Romualdez said Fernando’s leadership extended beyond Marikina City, as he also served as the chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority from 2002 to 2009 and Fernando also briefly served as Secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in 2003 during the Arroyo administration, “where he worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for countless Filipinos in the capital region.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time. May he rest in eternal peace,” Speaker Romualdez added.