Mayor, Quezon City, 2010 – 2016 Chairman, Management Committee
Mayor Herbert M Bautista is known as a pioneer and progressive advocate of solutions for environment issues and climate change. Under his leadership, Quezon City became the first city in the Philippines to implement a Green Building Ordinance, enforcing sustainable building designs throughout the city. He has mandated a greening program as a component of all road and real estate development projects. He is leading the city to reduce its carbon footprint through the shift of public facilities towards alternative energy sources, wider installation of systems for resource reuse, and restrictions in the use of nonbiodegradable materials such as plastic bags. His climate change mitigation activism has led to the recognition of the city's success stories in global forums and international movements, where he is recognized as a pioneer and a strong advocate of environmental and disaster-risk reduction programs.
Mayor Bautista's urban development framework anchors the City’s housing and resettlement program on disaster-risk reduction as well as quality of life enrichment. The priority is to move the poor from danger areas towards new townships, a project he is implementing in multiples, in collaboration with the private sector and national government agencies.
He has led the city towards the formulation and adoption of systematic frameworks for development that are aligned with the perspectives of the present and future vision of the city. These foundations are the new Comrehensive Development Plan, the product of the democratized participation of the City Development Council; the new Comprehensive Land Use Plan which has resulted in the Amended Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance of 2013. He has also actively pushed for the city's enacment of an Investment Incentives Code, for the city to further stimulate the influx of desirable investments.
Mayor Bautista is probably one of the youngest officials of the Philippines who have had a long and fruitful experience in government and the youth movement.
He was elected into Office in May 2010 and reelected by a landslide for another term in 2013. Concurrently, he is the public relations officer for the National Capital Region of the League of Cities of the Philippines, as well as Chairman of the Social Development Committee of the Regional Development Council of the Metro Manila Development Authority.
Prior to being Mayor, he was Vice Mayor of Quezon City for 12 years, leading the City Council to enact landmark ordinances for children, senior citizens, indigents, environmental protection, and many others, including the pioneering Green Building Ordinance.
His representation and advocacy of the youth sector is extensive. Mayor Herbert Bautista’s 25 years in local government service, started when he was Barangay Youth Leader at 17. From 1986 to 1989, he was President of the Kabataang Barangay National Federation and was appointed ex-officio City Councilor representing the Youth Sector of Quezon City. From 1992 to 1995, he was elected Councilor of Quezon City and was concurrently Chairperson of the Committee on Tourism and Cultural Affairs. From 1999 to 2001, he was appointed by the President of the Philippines as the Commission-at-Large of the National Youth Commission.
He was Vice Mayor of Quezon City for three terms, from 2001 to 2010, but previously already been Vice Mayor from 1995 to 1998, having been the youngest elected vice mayor of the City in 1995 at 27 years old.
In 1992, he graduated from the San Beda College of Manila with a baccalaureate degree in Philosophy and Letters. He was adjudged Most Outstanding Centennial Bedan Alumnus in recognition of his sterling contribution and leadership in civil governance and politics. He also has a Master's of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP- NCPAG).
Mayor Bautista is also an alumnus of the National Defense College of the Philippines where he obtained his Master's degree in National Security Administration. He is working towards his Doctorate degree in Political Science (International Studies and Development) from the University of the Philippines.
In 2010, he was invited by the World Bank to take the course, “Leadership in Local Government: Decision, Action, Results (DARE) Program,” a Joint Training Program of the Singapore-World Bank Institute and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. In 2012, he was invited by the Singapore Government for a leadership course at the Temasek University where he led the Quezon City team to tackle the problems of socialized housing in Quezon City, adapting best practices from other parts of the world.
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