Mayor, Quezon City, 2010 – 2013 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 and wider installation of systems for resource reuse.
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.
Mayor Herbert M. Bautista is probably one of the youngest officials of the Philippines who has had a long and fruitful experience in government and the youth movement.
He was elected into Office in May 2010. 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 of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP- NCPAG).
Mayor Herbert M Bautista is also an alumnus of the National Defense College of the Philippines where he obtained his Masters 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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