Jaime Fresnedi
Fresnedi in 2017
Mayor of Muntinlupa
Assumed office
June 30, 2013
Vice MayorArtemio Simundac (2013–2016, 2019–present)
Celso Dioko (2016–2019)
Preceded byAldrin San Pedro
In office
June 30, 1998 – June 30, 2007
Vice MayorVicente Chua (1998–2001)
Jojay Alcaraz (2001–2004)
Aldrin San Pedro (2004–2007)
Preceded byIgnacio Bunye
Succeeded byAldrin San Pedro
Vice Mayor of Muntinlupa
In office
December 2, 1987 – June 30, 1998
MayorIgnacio Bunye
Succeeded byVicente Chua
Personal details
Born
Jaime dela Rosa Fresnedi

(1950-04-27) April 27, 1950 (age 71)
Manila, Philippines
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Loreta Obong
Children1
ResidenceTunasan, Muntinlupa
ProfessionLawyer
WebsiteOfficial website

Jaime dela Rosa Fresnedi (born April 27, 1950), also known as Jimmy Fresnedi, is a Filipino politician currently serving as the Mayor of Muntinlupa, Metro Manila.

Early and personal life

Fresnedi was born on April 27, 1950. He is married to Loreta Obong, with whom he has a son. They reside in the Villa Carolina subdivision of Tunasan, Muntinlupa.[1]

Political career

Fresnedi first entered politics in 1986 when he was appointed as an officer-in-charge of Muntinlupa, then a municipality in Rizal, following the People Power Revolution that formed a new government under President Corazon Aquino. He served the role alongside lawyer, journalist, and businessman Ignacio Bunye. In 1988, Fresnedi and Bunye contested the first local election under the new Constitution of the Philippines with the latter as mayor and the former as vice mayor. The tandem served three terms together until 1998, three years after Muntinlupa was formally converted into a highly urbanized city and established its own legislative district in the Philippine House of Representatives for the 1998 election. In 1998, Bunye opted to run for the inaugural position, which prompted Fresnedi to run for mayor; both were successful.[2]

Mayor of Muntinlupa

During his first term as Mayor of Muntinlupa, Fresnedi established the regional offices of the Registry of Deeds (now the Land Registration Authority), the Land Transportation Office, and the National Bureau of Investigation in the city.[2]

Fresnedi won two re-election bids for mayor in 2001 and 2004. Under the Constitution, he was barred from seeking a fourth consecutive term; in 2007, his wife Loreta ran for the mayoral post, but she lost to Vice Mayor Aldrin San Pedro. When Fresnedi was eligible to run again for mayor in 2010, he ran again but also lost to San Pedro, who was in his second term as mayor.[3] In 2013, Fresnedi contested San Pedro again and was successful, defeating him by 4,280 votes.[4]

In February 2015, Fresnedi presented a single-step transaction system for the registration of business licenses in Muntinlupa. He said that the innovation aims to improve the city's economic growth and overall competitiveness in the business and economics sector. The system was presented in the 2014 World Cities Summit in Singapore.[5]

In 2019, the Bureau of Internal Revenue reported that Muntinlupa had the highest local revenue collection in Metro Manila with ₱5.42 billion collected, ₱2.36 billion of which was corporate tax.[2]

In March 2019, a resident of Putatan filed charges of graft and plunder against Fresnedi before the Ombudsman of the Philippines for allegedly overpricing a lot in the barangay by ₱1,500 per square meter in 2014. Residents also filed charges of administrative raps, gross misconduct, gross negligence, and abuse of power against Fresnedi before the Ombudsman claiming that he had violated the Government Procurement Act (Republic Act No. 9184) and the Local Government Code (Republic Act No. 7160) by allegedly ratifying the extension of employment contracts that had already expired as "urgent". According to the residents, Fresnedi compelled the Muntinlupa city council to pass a resolution authorizing him to extend the contract of Linde plc and four other entities through lump sum transactions. A councilor denied that the city council issued such a resolution.[6]

In September 2019, Fresnedi initiated a zero-interest loan program for small and medium-sized enterprises operating in Muntinlupa that would provide them with financial assistance ranging from ₱2,000 to ₱150,000, as well as additional capital loan assistance and entrepreneurial education opportunities. Fresnedi's government partnered with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority for the program.[7]

In Fresnedi's tenure as Mayor of Muntinlupa, the city received the Seal of Good Local Governance by the Department of the Interior and Local Government in 2015 and 2019. Muntinlupa was also awarded the "Most Business-Friendly LGU" by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2017 and 2018 and a special citation in 2019.[2]

Education

Since 2013, Fresnedi's government has been pushing for inclusion in the scholarship program of Muntinlupa.[8]

In April 2014, Fresnedi allocated a budget of ₱63 million for the city's scholars for that year, which is nearly thrice the budget of ₱21.5 million allotted for 2013.[9]

In October 2017, Fresnedi was awarded the "Model Local Chief Executive Award" by the Association of Local Colleges and Universities and the Commission on Higher Education.[10]

In 2018, Fresnedi and Muntinlupa Representative Ruffy Biazon initiated a project to construct additional school buildings for the city's public schools.[11]

In 2019, the Philippine Department of Education reported that Muntinlupa had the largest amount of scholarship beneficiaries in the country with over 65,000 scholars.[12] Fresnedi hailed the achievement in his 2019 State of the City address, noting the increase from 5,581 scholars when he was re-elected in 2013.[13]

In February 2020, Fresnedi signed an ordinance increasing the allowance of the city's scholars by ₱1,000, with an additional ₱2,500 if scholars obtain a graded weighted average of at least 1.76. Scholars from state colleges and universities may also receive a maximum incentive of ₱10,000 per semester.[8]

Emergency response

In 2017, Fresnedi's government mandated the construction of a new fire station in Tunasan, which was recognized by the Bureau of Fire Protection as the "Best Fire Station" in 2018.[14]

In September 2018, Fresnedi led the donation of eight ambulance units worth ₱12.8 million to nine barangays in the city.[15]

In March 2019, Fresnedi led the donation of ten fire trucks worth ₱52.3 million to nine barangays in the city.[14]

See also

References

  1. ^ "City Officials". City Government of Muntinlupa. 2018. Retrieved March 28, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c d Hicap, Jonathan (February 29, 2020). "Muntinlupa City: Trailblazing at 25". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved March 28, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Lopez, Virgil (May 7, 2016). "Fresnedi, San Pedro continue mayoral tug-of-war in Muntinlupa". GMA News Online. Retrieved March 28, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "2013 Election Results: Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila". Rappler. May 18, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Fresnedi, Jaime (March 8, 2015). "Business registration in Muntinlupa, a SWiT innovation". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved March 28, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Araja, Rio (March 18, 2019). "Fresnedi faces graft raps for overpricing lot in 2014". Manila Standard. Retrieved March 28, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Pedrajas, Joseph Almer (September 14, 2019). "Muntinlupa City small businesses provided with affordable loan facility". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved March 29, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ a b Arcilla, Jam (February 20, 2020). "Muntinlupa hikes student, honor grads' allowances". The Manila Times. Retrieved March 28, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Gamil, Jaymee (April 15, 2014). "Muntinlupa gov't allots P63M for scholarship program". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved March 28, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Abad, Roderick (October 11, 2017). "Fresnedi cited for education initiatives". BusinessMirror. Retrieved March 28, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Castillo, Neftali (July 5, 2018). "Muntinlupa City builds 44 more classrooms". Sakto News. Retrieved March 28, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Education remains a top priority for Muntinlupa". Metro News Central. September 2019. Retrieved March 28, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Muntinlupa Mayor lists achievements in SoCA". Newsville. March 29, 2019. Retrieved March 28, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ a b "Muntinlupa City Hall provides barangays with more fire trucks". The Manila Times. March 25, 2019. Retrieved March 28, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Fresnedi Donates P12.8 Million Ambulances to Munti Brgys". City Government of Muntinlupa. September 27, 2018. Retrieved March 28, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
Political offices
Preceded by
Ignacio Bunye
Mayor of Muntinlupa
1998–2007
Succeeded by
Aldrin San Pedro
Preceded by
Aldrin San Pedro
Mayor of Muntinlupa
2013–present
Incumbent