Jed Patrick Mabilog, Mayor of Iloilo City

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Jed Patrick Mabilog
Mayor of Iloilo City (Philippines)

The winner and runner-ups of World Mayor 2014 will be chosen based on the number of nominations in relation to the size of their cities and, more importantly, on the persuasiveness and conviction of testimonials received during this year's World Mayor Project. Below we publish a selection of comments received to date about WM nominee Jed Patrick Mabilog, Mayor of Iloilo City, Philippines.

Comment: I vote for Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog of Iloilo City, Philippines for World Mayor 2014 because he is the only Mayor who initiated for the Ilonggo Women to be honored and recognized in their field of expertise such as "The Outstanding Women of Iloilo City", the only Mayor to initiate the awarding of Ilonggo High School students who excel as leaders through "The Outstanding Student Leaders of Iloilo City" and the only Mayor who initiated the recognition of the Iloilo City's Longest Married Couple. Lastly, the only Mayor who awaken the sleeping Iloilo City and initiated/lead everything by making every Ilonggo become more active and participate in the development of Iloilo City and to take pride for being an Ilonggo. (By Mia H C E, Iloilo City)

Comment: I nominate Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog of Iloilo City, Philippines for World Mayor 2014 because he is a man of vision and putting those visions into reality and not just in words. Our city is far more different from what it was before. We now have flyovers to lessen traffic, beautification projects to make our city clean and beautiful and road widenings are still on going. Mayor Jed is strict but have a heart specially for our elderly and that's what a mayor is supposed to be. He protect and love the people of Iloilo.. Everything that he does is for our benefit. for the improvement of our city, so the world can see how beautiful Iloilo City is. (By Dr Shereen B O, Iloilo City)

Comment: Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. —Warren Bennis

As I stroll along Efrain B. Treñas Boulevard, inhaling the early morning fresh air and be awed by the magical sunrise, I smile and tell myself: "This is what My Iloilo City deserves". The construction of Iloilo Riverside Esplanade thru the effort of our Mayor, Hon. Jed Patrick E. Mabilog, PhD, made it easier for Ilonggos to live a healthy lifestyle while enjoying the beauty of mother nature.

Partnership with local and international organizations paved way in creating a city that safeguards its environment through social awareness to enhance responsible citizenry. Mayor Mabilog's dedication in such endeavors raised Iloilo City's status when the 1st Philippine International River Summit was held in the City last 2012. It drew attention on the efforts made by the City Government led by our mayor on how we protect the lifeline of our city, the Iloilo River. Recognized by the international community, Iloilo City was one of the four finalists in the prestigious The Thiess International Riverprize last 2013. The continuous effort in rehabilitating the Iloilo River proves that economic progress and environmental protection and sustainability are feasible and attainable if the local government, headed by the City mayor, has vision and political will. Therefore, I am honored to vote for our mayor, Hon. Jed Patrick E. Mabilog, PhD, for 2014 World Mayor Prize of the City Mayors Foundation. (By Lope B S, Iloilo City)

Comment: I met Mayor Jed Mabilog first time about 11 years ago when he campaigned for Counselor in Iloilo City on my son's nursery's United Nations event. He was a very nice man and voted number one. He rose to fame and became probably not just the best public service official, for all the things he did for Iloilo City, but for staying humble as well.

In this very corrupt world and times, a lot of politicians only work for their own financial gains. We cannot individually identify and expose them on a regular basis, but we always look for the things they have done for us. I have been living in the UK for the past 8 years, but I have seen Iloilo growing in strength and power. Skyscraper rising, increasing numbers of commercial properties, continuous investment of foreign capitalists who believes in Mayor Mabilog's passion and dedication to improve the lives of my fellow Ilonggos, thus creating more jobs and uplifting the standard of living.

I am very proud of our mayor and we commend and support his projects. Every year, we celebrate Dinagyang festival, colourful, tribal street dancing competition that shows the rich culture and traditions of Ilonggos. Since he was in the position, it has been a very memorable and peaceful event.

I believe that Mayor Jed Mabilog deserves the award because of his neverending dedication and love for Ilonggos and I have never seen a politician work this hard and see the result in the first 27 years of my life when I was still living in Iloilo City. I trust that he will continue to serve our city and make Iloilo a much better place to live in. (By Marnelli C, London, UK)

Comment: He is deserving of the title "World Mayor." Our city is way, way better now compared to before. The urban planning implemented has made Iloilo City one of the most visited in recent years. Drainages, infrastructure, greening, parks and open spaces, walkable and bikeable city... all these are materializing here. Crime volume is in a downtrend as the police is on top of the situation. He has also amply supported the Iloilo City Police Office that served as morale booster of our police force - from firearms to patrol cars to motocycles and even logistics. Investor confidence is high and more are coming. I cannot fully begin to imagine the progress we're moving into. Mayor Mabilog is on a roll and I know Iloilo City is in good hands. (By J L Iloilo City)

Comment: My City, My Pride! My Mayor, My Pride!! Sending this message of gratitude for nominating our Mayor JED PATRICK MABILOG! as one of the best Mayor. He truly deserves an award simply because he is the most hardworking, with integrity, God fearing and a person with commitment. He made our City progressive and well known during his term and very supportive to his constituents may it be government, private or even in the smallest sector. I wish he will get this award, coz our Mayor really deserves to be recognized and given credit for all his dedication and hardwork, He's not just a good leader, role model but a good servant as well. Thank you very much as well for this opportunity to vote.(By Rosemarie L, Iloilo City)

Comment: The vicious cycle of poverty can be broken through investments. Come investments, there are jobs and if there are jobs, then the quality of living improves. Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog hoped for the vicious cycle of poverty to end that's why he tried to make Iloilo City highly-urbanized. Urbanization is the biggest factor for investors to be attracted and put up businesses that offer jobs to many Ilonggos. As the head of this city, our mayor initially started to change the system around him, the Iloilo City Hall has never been the same. Employees, systems and policies are way, way better. The discipline he tried to impose may be a climb, but he made it possible. Wider and new roads, improved parks, old buildings restored, traffic lights, skyways, road lights and so on and so forth. What our previous mayors did in total can't even equal what Mayor Jed has done for Iloilo. I love Iloilo so much that I am in awe with the great changes in my city. Thanks to our mayor for the urbanization, yet the provincial touch is still around. In addition, the Ilonggo hearts that keep the warm and friendly environment of our city. (By Anne L, Iloilo City)

Comment: My name is Joan. I am from District of La Paz. I am here today to speak on how Nayor Mabilog make difference in many people here in Iloilo City. He have lots of successful program. Increase public safety and improve main roads, solution for flooding, redesign of job trainings, recognized for his contribution to government transparency and democratic development, development for high rise buildings and establishment and many more. I would like to be inspired by Mayor Jed of his good deeds. The nation need great leaders and public servant like him. Thank you Sir! God bless always. (By Joan G, Iloilo City)

Comment: I am 36 years old, a resident of Iloilo City, Philippines for 36 years too. I have not experienced the best governance in our city for my entire life until Mayor Jed Mabilog took his seat. I told myself, so it is also possible to make Iloilo the Premiere City, why it did not happen before? Why it only happen now I’m already 36 years old. If Mayor Jed Mabilog put up tall commercial buildings by attracting top companies to invest, best airports in our country, high class residential buildings, attractive landscapes, widen the highways and make it also available for bikers, reviving our river which admired not only the locals but internationally and many more. Why the previous mayors do did not? This is why it is very clear that Mayor Jed Mabilog is one of a kind and deserves to be the World Mayor 2014. (By Lalyn S P, Iloilo City)

Comment: Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog is a man of vision. When he won as City mayor last 2010, He was able to lay down his plans for Iloilo City and a year after that he is able to implement it one by one, Those plans really help a lot of residents of Iloilo City, to name a few ,were establishment of Iloilo Community College which help the poor but deserving students to continue college at a very low cost. Providing housing for homeless and those who are living in danger zones around the city. Also training the his constituents to start small business enterprises for them to start a small business for a living and many more which primarily helps the poor residents of the city. (By Haide H, Iloilo City)

Comment: He is a man of excellence. Mayor Jed bring a lot of opportunities to Ilonggo people. Employment rate increase, investors came to Iloilo, education program are given much attention and Ilonggo culture is showcased around the world. I see that his plans are not for his own political ambition or whatsoever but focus mainly on public service and development.Iloilo river is now one of the cleanest rivers in the country. I see buildings rise here and there, his plan of having additional hospitals to cater medical needs and the continuing constructions of signal lights, overpass, and bridges. His plan will not only benefit the people pf Iloilo during his term but will continue until the future. Mayor Jed deserves the honor but at this moment I can say he is already the winner in the heart of his people. I am Iloilo. Proud to be Ilonggo. (By Ira M M, Iloilo City)

Comment: Maayo si Mayor sang iya nga mga binuhatan. Ang akon nga trabaho bilang street sweeper nakabulig sa akon nga pagpangabuhi bilang isa ka biyuda kag may isa ka bata. Sa pagdumala ni Mayor, nagtinlo ang siyudad. Kag nalipay ako nga isa ako nangin parte sang sini nga trabaho. (By Cecilia G, Iloilo City)

Comment: I am endorsing Mayor Jed Mabilog of Iloilo City as one of the top mayors of the world. He has accomplished the following:
1. Road widening
2. Improvement of drainage system
3. Construction of barangay roads
4. Construction of covered gyms
5. Construction of bridges
6. Installation of street lights
7. Rehabilitation of the Iloilo River.
(By Alwin R, Iloilo City)

Comment: I believe that everyone deserves a title yet that title has to go to someone who made a way to grab that opportunity. Mayor Patrick Jeb Mabilog, who was nominated as World Mayor, has proven to be the one who is capable of serving his fellow people with honor and responsibility. Not only has he made the city a better place but also breath taking. He showed his skills of being a leader to his fellow Ilonggos by still keeping his feet on the ground. The power that was given to him was not taken advantage of but was treasured and was used wisely. For me, he is to be crowned World Mayor. Moreover, this honorable man is loyal and he keeps his word to his people of Iloilo. I vote for Mayor Patrick Jed Mabilog as World Mayor. (By Cylk Nicholle P, Iloilo City)

Comment: I vote Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog for the reason that he leads by example. He instilled discipline among the employees to wear their proper attire or office uniform – including the ID and wearing of proper shoes. He leads by example because he himself wears the office attire appropriately especially the wearing of ID.

He governs well especially in personnel matters by promoting employees according to the latter’s performance. He hires people who are competent in their fields because he wants very them to contribute for the betterment of the people and the city. I also admire Mayor Mabilog for his desire to make Iloilo City a clean and green city. He sets also an example and he himself would reprimand if he sees someone throwing garbage around. I believe Mayor Mabilog deserves the 2014 World Mayor award. (By EVA F L, Iloilo City)

Comment: Iloilo City, city of love, a developing city and soon to be a developed one. A time will come that our city will cease to become the best of best and all of these is because of our beloved mayor, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.

Why Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog as World Mayor? There are thousands & millions of reasons why he should be one. First is that he has the capability and heart of a true and dedicated leader. He thinks of what he can offer to others under him and not what he can benefit from it. " Ä true leader is the one who sacrifices for the betterment of his people and his country". His vision is a clean and green Iloilo City. Not only this, he also dreams of having a crime-free society for the people to live comfortably and bear no harm to one another.

Second reason is that he tends to know what his officials are doing and he himself offers what he can to them. He has the capability to unite, the people, the government and most importantly himself. He knows how to gather and build up his ideas to create one and a very major change in the world.

Third is that he does all he can for the awareness for the people to know about the different social and economic issues everywhere. This is to help them in terms of different crises to help secure themselves. He knows how to exercise their right to proper information in order for them to also give what is right to the society.

This brings me to my Fourth point. Security. He does what he can to keep his people safe. He develops a strong security force to guarantee a crime-free environment that the citizens of Iloilo City to live in.

And lastly, why Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog as world mayor. This is because he advocates his time to the environment. He assures that every person and citizen in Iloilo City plants trees and cleans the environment for a healthful surrounding. It is to preserve the beauty of nature to maintain its cleanliness for the mere future. So with all these points i believe he should be name and awarded as WORLD MAYOR. (By James Matthew R, Iloilo City)

Comment: Philippines is a paradise indeed, as what most people believe. A place rich in majestic landscapes, colorful culture and traditions, and its people, who are heart-warming, talented and skillful. And also, because of its zealous and dynamic leaders, like Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, it made the City of Iloilo be hailed famous not just in the national level, but well known to the whole world. When I was young, I saw Iloilo City just waiting in a plain, waiting for that spark, waiting for a change. And then, this man, our Mayor, became that spark that ignited and set a rapid change that spread like wildfire in the City. With the fast rising edifices and skyscrapers like the vibrant and gigantic Megaworld that will surely make Iloilo as the next boom city of the country. It can even transform our city into a true convention hub, the new Iloilo City Hall, with the bronze statue of the Lin-ay, the talk-of-the-town Esplanade, the revitalization and rehabilitation of the historic street along Calle Real and the Dinagyang Festival, made Iloilo become a fiery ember, burning flames of gold, with the hot and rich things the city has to offer. He is like the greek mythological figure, Atlas, who held in his shoulders the burden of the city, but still stands triumphant over crimes and disasters. Our mayor is deserving to bag the World Mayor Award 2014. (By Antonio V S, Iloilo City)

Comment: I’m a high school student in Iloilo city . i am living here all my life . and i dont want to leave this place . beside of being a proud ilonggo. i can say that iloilo city has one of a kind leaders. especially our mayor jed patrick mabilog. he has done a lot for the city and for the people. his projects are really effective. because of him the city has a lot of improvements. he is charismatic , smart , knows how to bond with his people , responsible . all he want is for the best of his people. for me he us one of the best leader not only in our country but also in the whole world. (By Paulene F D L, Iloilo City)

Comment: I was born in Guimaras but Iloilo really captured my eyes and I instantly fall in love with the beauty of this city. And in my four years of saying here in this beautiful place, I have seen the progress that is happening in the city. The construction of infrastructures, reparation of the roads, the preservation and restoration of our historical heritage sites, and, of course, the awards given to he city because of its good governance, really proved that Iloilo City is in its way to attaining its goals under the governance of our dear city mayor Jed Parick Mabilog. His visions and dreams are all coming into reality. I am very glad of what Iloilo had become today because I AM ILOILO, PROUD TO BE ILONGGO. (By Ella S B, Iloilo City)

Comment: Mayor Mabilog should be voted and must win the World Mayor Award for one good reason that he has transformed a sleeping city to one active giant ready to capture all good investments with steady hands, profound eyes and loving heart. Sterling leader. (By Jeanne P, Iloilo City)

Comment: I am a pure Ilongga and worked in Iloilo City for almost 3 years and left Philippines to work in Singapore,I can see the city is transforming from a small and lay back City into a World Class Giant Hub for tourism and business with good governance. I have seen the great transformation of the City since I left in 2007, the fast  rising of infrastructures,an eco and citizen friendly environment, the beautification of the road and installation of traffic lights, improving and making our historical heritage known to the world those are the Calle Real, The Classic Spanish inspired Mansion and Houses, a hunrded years old Spanish era Catholic Churches and other infrastructure.Through a good leadership and transparent financial plan, I believe it can make a difference towards the city and its people, therefore invites more tourist, investors that leads to more jobs and security of Ilonggos and visitors. Looking forward to a brighter and successful modern city of a decade. I strongly believe that Mayor Jed Mabilog deserves to be a World Best Mayor and giving him my vote as World Mayor. (By Sheila S S, Singapore)

Comment: Our Mayor Patrick Jed Mabilog deserves to be the best mayor award.
1. He's a good public servant as I've seen all his hard works before I left last March 10, 2010 to London. That time he was a vice mayor.
2. He's trying his best to keep his promise. I will never be here in UK without his help. What he did is an act kindness coz I'm just ordinary citizen it happens our paths crossed. Then he asked what's my course, then he said when u need help go to my office if you want to work in the hospital or go abroad. Now I'm here in London I'm forever grateful. Since he helped me I had a vision that he will succeed to all his endeavour. And in return of his kindness I prayed that he will win as mayor and he did. Now it's his 2nd term and he's doing very well. God bless you mayor! (By Celeste D, London, UK)

Comment: Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has changed the image of the city in terms of economic, health and environment, in addition to this he developed the city by implementing numerous housing projects and countless infrastructures yet preserved its historical places at the same time. He placed Iloilo City back on the map of soaring cities. In fact, even the President of the Philippines commended him during the last SONA as one of the best mayor of the Nation. Indeed Mayor turned Iloilo City into a "city of endless possibilities". With this being said I would like to nominate Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog for World Mayor 2014. (By Makoy R, Iloilo City)

Comment: Never did I have expected that my province, Iloilo will be heard all over the Philippines with such pleasant words. Tourists became more visible in Iloilo City to witness our beautiful place, It is not only beautiful but helped a lot of citizens in our place to have jobs and have a chance to have a better life an to whom do we give gratitude to this fortunate turn of events? None other than, our Mayor Jed Patrcik E. Mabilog, our city mayor. Now, whwenever I go, I can proudly shout out that I am a Proud Ilonggo. (By Romulo N J, Iloilo City)

Comment: Good Day! It was just months ago when I came back to Iloilo city after living in Cagayan de Oro City for so long with my family with me. I have been hearing a lot of good things about Mayor Mabilog on how he manage to provide progress to my beloved city of love Iloilo who is once a grand city in the past. When I came back to my home city, I was amazed of the good changes that took place for a few years of being away and had even been more excited to hear about the future development that awaits for this city. I can see that Mayor Mabilog is not just a mayor but an ilonggo that is so in love with the beauty of it's own city. He is a dreamer which he sees the city to be back in it's glory days in the past which is very possible to happen with the current developments that we have. This makes me real proud to be ilonggo when they put a sign that says I AM ILOILO in esplanade that truly signifies how much pride we have to be called the people of Iloilo. Our city is known for many good things in the past and the dream of our beloved mayor would also be our dream. He is one of us and have been sharing the same goal that every ordinary ilonggo have been aspiring all these years. He is indeed a blessing for showing political will on implementing city ordinances that most city fail to implement. What I like about mayor Jed is that he uses the social media to let the people take part in every step of the city to progress. I could even see some suggesting very good inputs that will really help the city. He is a new breed of politician that we all need to have in our country. Someone who thinks for the good of all and have the capacity to lead. As what I have said a while ago, Mayor Jed is not just a mayor of Iloilo City but a proud Ilonggo citizen just like us which makes him qualified to be world mayor.(By Rye V, Iloilo City)

Comment: Why Mayor Mabilog deserve this prize. There's a lot of reasons he does but most of all its how he runs his government. When he was elected nobody thought that once the former queen city of the south of our country would rise again ready to take the crown. The mayor has been really transparent about his budget and projects  which made the city progressed. The city council was once full of debates that projects were delayed. But when he started his term he made the council understand to listen to each other and agree to pass the bills which can benefit to the people without any delay. For just a couple of years, the city rose to such heights we never imagined that it was known outside the country. I was raised here and now a seafarer that cant wait to go home to see such improvements he and his colleagues has done to our homeland. He never stopped even there are some who criticize him. He has a goal that he aims to reach even how long as it takes as long as it is made in good faith and good moral values. Even our city is not that big. It has improved a lot in a fast manner that no city can do in less than a decade. This is what he is born to do. To carry the city towards a future which not only Filipinos but the world to see which before is impossible is possible. With a great leader, anything is possible. (John M,Iloilo City)

Comment: I grew up and lived in Iloilo for 25 years and now I am living in Sydney, Australia. I have been dreaming of seeing the beauty of Iloilo being showcased to the world and that happened through Mr. Mabilog. Indeed, his vision to make iloilo on the rise is slowly coming to a reality. His way of making people participate and encouraging them to join his vision is remarkable. I would commend his campaign of "my city, my pride" and "i am iloilo", that just makes one realize that he needs to take care of his city, promote his city, contribute to his city, and be proud of his city. I know, there are so many deserving of the award but to see one man inspiring people to make a once glorious city rising up again from an overdue sleep takes a lot of effort, dedication, strength and enthusiasm. Ilonggos do not readily embrace change. We are laid back, censervative and culturally sensitive people. For someone to introduce and make a huge change within a short span of time is someone that must have gained the Ilonggo trust, and Mayor Mabilog did it. Every city has a story to tell, and our Mayor is our story teller. Giving this award to him would mean telling our story for the whole world to know that there is this small city, once a queen city and forgotten by time, but through good governance and unity they rose again. How inspiring it will sound hearing how one leader transformed a community and using the forgotten beauty of it to promote and uplift the lives of the people. How awesome it is aye? As someone who lives abroad and keeping track of my hometown's progress, i feel good and proud whenever I share to my mates why my city is the next big thing. (Alberto B, Sydney, Australia)

Comment: Sir, Please register my vote for Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog of Iloilo City, Philippines. I have been a resident of Iloilo City since birth. Mayor Mabilog was voted into office about 5 years ago. Since then, he has improved the efficiency of the service in City Hall. Previously, it took about half a day to get professional tax receipt every first working day of the year. For the last two years, the transaction took less that 5 minutes. And yes i actually timed it) Further, Iloilo river is now one of the cleanest rivers in the country. If i were to enumerate the achievements of Mayor Mabilog, it would take a kilometric email but I think his greatest achievement is to make us Ilonggos proud to say "I AM ILOILO" (By Maricar, P V H, Iloilo City)

Comment: Why Mayor Jed deserves to be this year's World Mayor? He is a man of excellence. Mayor Jed bring a lot of opportunities to Ilonggo people. Employment rate increase, investors came to Iloilo, education program are given much attention and Ilonggo culture is showcased around the world. I see that his plans are not for his own political ambition or whatsoever but focus mainly on  public service and development.
Because of his initiative, youth who are financially challenge are given opportunity to avail free education on college, unemployed workers are given job, and more opportunities awaits to those who will graduate college. I see buildings rise here and there, his plan of having additional hospitals to cater medical needs and the continuing constructions of signal lights, overpass, bridges and skyscrapers.  His plan will not only benefit the people pf Iloilo during his term but will continue until the future. Mayor Jed deserves the honor but at this moment I can say he is already the winner in the heart of his people. I am Iloilo. Proud to be Ilonggo. (By Sheila M L C, Iloilo City)

Comment: I support the candidacy of Hon. Jed Patrick E. Mabilog for World Mayor 2014 because he has been instrumental in sourcing funds for the rehabilitation/construction of Molo District Plaza and Market. Considering that the Plaza is situated in front of one of the Heritage Structures that is the Molo Church known as a Feminist Church featuring only female saints, the beautification and improvement of the plaza helped boost tourism in the City. (By Lunalyn S. D, Iloilo City)

Comment: I vote for Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog of Iloilo City, Philippines for the prestigious World Mayor Prize 2014.

I was born and raised in Iloilo City and studied there until 1986. I am now residing in Metro Manila for the past 27 years and it is only during the administration of Mayor Jed Mabilog that Iloilo City became the talk of the town. Under his dynamic leadership, Iloilo City was put to the world map because of the physical changes in terms of infrastructure, environmental preservation, people development (training and continuous education of government employees), beautification, business-friendly environment, wellness programs, campaign against drug proliferation, anti-smoking drive, housing projects and support for the marginalized sector and senior citizens, among others.

One of the most prominent development in the City of Love are the business establishments around the new business district that is the former Iloilo airport. International hotel brands are slowly coming in, a new convention center is being constructed, new school buildings and residential condominiums are sprouting and BPO companies are expanding in that side of the city. There is no time in the history of Iloilo City where we see a lot of investments coming in. This shows that the trust of the business sector in the LGU is very high. 

The anti-drug use and abuse is gaining momentum with a lot of arrests and apprehensions. Mayor Jed envisions Iloilo City to be a drug-free City during his term and beyond. The anti-smoking campaign is also taken seriously by the people including tourists. Iloilo City is living to its vision of making it smoke-free and healthy place to live and work in. 

With all these things happening, one good news is that Iloilo City has been chosen to be one City outside Metro Manila where two (2) Ministerial meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit will be held in 2015. 

Indeed, Iloilo City is ready to conquer the world, with the able leadership of Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog. (By Leo S. G, Metro Manila)

Comment: When I was in High School, I had joined the Rotary Club Boys and Girls Week wherein I was chosen to be 1st Councilor. The position at that time was held by none other than Jed Patrick Mabilog himself.   

In his office hung a painting of a street kid being left out by other kids. I remember clearly he asked me what I saw in that painting and I said a child that was left out.  He said something like that's how I feel about public service.  That no one, from any class, income level, educational background, should be left out of being part of the benefits of progress of change.  

That image, that train of thought also became my inspiration as I grew in the path of leadership, student leadership and self leadership.  That public service should be about serving the public.  This is the inspiration that Sir Jed has instilled upon me and a lot of other young student leaders. He has been an advocate of youth empowerment and I remember he would never refuse the invitation to inspire young minds every time I invited him for student related events.

When Jed became Mayor of Iloilo City, change, progress happened bit by bit, just like a car slowly building speed to reach faster speeds.  And here now we can see improvements in the infrastructure and economic landscape of the city happening at an amazing pace.  Iloilo is the place to be!

I support Jed Patrick Mabilog as World Mayor 2014 because he's a visionary, a leader and an action man.  Iloilo is prospering of his good governance! (By Joshua J. M)

Comment: Greetings! Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, our city mayor is really deserving to be called as the World's Best Mayor. He deserves to earn that award because he's very superior, eccentric and astonishing mayor ever. In his 3 years in service, Iloilo city transformed into a different, stunning and well organized city. Many different infrastructures were made, antique houses and buildings were preserved, clean surroundings, clean rivers, etc. He was also recognized by our President, Benigno "Ninoy" S. Aquino III as the best performing Mayor in the country. We are very proud and over whelmed because we have a mayor like him. He's not just a Mayor.. He's also a father and a best friend of all Ilonggos. Godbless MAYOR MABILOG! (By Vaughn R A)

Comment: I am Lucy S from Iloilo City, Philippines. I am presently a scholar of the Iloilo City Government for the Master in Public Management program of the Ateneo School of Government. I am thankful to Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog for the opportunity he has given us to be able to pursue post-graduate studies through this scholarship. So far, some 30 employees were able to avail of the program since his first term in 2010. Mayor Mabilog believes in empowering the employees and giving them additional knowledge and skills to become more productive and efficient service providers in this part of the country. Truly, in terms of leadership and management, we doff our hats to Mayor Mabilog. Let this serve as my vote for him. He deserves to be World Mayor. (By Lucy S)

Comment: Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog shows commendable attitudes. He is an outstanding, diligent and dedicated mayor of the city of Iloilo. He is an active stakeholder of our school, Bakhaw Elementary School, from the start of his leadership up to the present. He is an advocate of anti-drug trafficking and promote peace and harmony between the school and the community. Through his special projects, like JED ALS, out-of-school youth were given greater opportunity to continue their formal education and soon to have a stable and descent job. Therefore, Honorable Jed Patrick E. Mabilog has stronger qualities to be one of the Outstanding World Mayor for 2014. (By Raymond Peter T)

Comment: I am head of the City Planning and Development Office of Iloilo City in the Philippines. I write to nominate Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog of Iloilo City, Philippines as World Mayor 2014. With my 33 years of work experience under the varied leadership styles of seven mayors of Iloilo City, I can say with certainty that Mayor Mabilog is a worthy awardee and that the rest of the world's city mayors can emulate and learn from this human resource-oriented leader who treats his constituents as work partners for a well-defined and shared city vision. People love him for his cradle-to-grave service package, for the improved business climate and for the network of urban green spaces that have also helped reshape the city. His hands-on leadership and well-communicated vision are what caused Iloilo City's famous urban transformation into one of the country's current model cities in just four short years. The unprecedented fast change was a result of his highly-focused management of urban issues not only within the political boundaries of his city but also well into the public realms of six immediate neighboring municipalities and one province which he also oversees as Chairperson of an inter-local government unit (LGU) alliance called the Metro Iloilo-Guimaras Economic Development Council. His careful management in identifying and building consensus on solutions to cross-cutting issues in environment management, economic development, infrastructure development, service delivery and disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation is what propelled the city from mediocrity in 2010 to great significance as the 2nd most competitive city in the Philippines today.

Thank you very much and here's to looking forward to a successful and beneficial World Mayor 2014 selection process. (By Jose R P, Iloilo City)

Comment: I am an American retired and living in the Philippines. I have lived in the Philippines for over 10 years now.

My observation is genuine and open minded. 
I first visited Iloilo City 8 years ago and all I could say was it was crowded, dirty and cluttered. Roads were a mess, traffic was awful and it appeared little was being done to alleviate the situation. However, that said, I have seen a drastic improvement over the last few years that I never expected a city could do given the population and the way things are done throughout the Philippines.

I am so impressed with what has transpired over the past few years in Iloilo City, so much so that I uprooted where I was living and have moved to Iloilo, even against peoples advice. What I have discovered is that the city is in a transforming stage, a massive upgrading of infrastructure alone with new buildings, homes and one of my favorites are the amount of very good restaurants that serve consistently good meals.

The city is awash in pride and you can see it reflected in how people businesses and government run buildings are being maintained and upgraded.

I know it takes all the people and businesses to accomplish this but it also takes a highly skilled motivator to get everything going and coordinated. For these reasons I think Mayor Jed deserves Mayor of the Year award for without him I doubt this could have been accomplished.

I shall be promoting Iloilo City for a vacation and or retirement city for my American Facebook friends and other countries. Iloilo is a city to be proud to invite your friends and families from outside the Philippines without any hesitation. (By Jerome K L, Philippines)

Comment: I am endorsing the Hon. Jed Patrick Mabilog of Iloilo City, as a top 25th mayor in the world. I am from Calgary, Alberta, Canada and happened to meet the mayor in mid-January, 2014 as a participant in the Winter Escapade group (250 of us) from Canada. He hosted a big party for us, and he gave speeches. From the start, I could sense he is a very dynamic leader, and commands presence. I could also tell his honest character and when we toured the City of Iloilo, I could see the numerous infrastructure projects he had started. Iloilo City will become a very nice city, with wide roads, and beautiful and clean city. I vote for Hon. Jed Patrick Mabilog to be in the top 25 mayors in the world! (By Rogel D M, Canada)

Comment: I vouch my credibility and honesty to support my fellow Ilonggo, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog for his sincere dedication to uplift and develop our City...Iloilo City, the City of Love... It has been so many years that our City was left aside, though way back before, Iloilo City was very abundant of cultural heritage and with great infrastructure, but as the years goes by there was no leader who stood up and continue the vision that we Ilonggos wanted for our City.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog with his good governance gives the City of Iloilo the stability in terms of socio-economic, environmental and cultural aspect that even the forth coming generation will cherish and preserve. A great leader with great vision that will inspire us his fellow Ilonggos, our fellow countrymen in Philippines and the world. (By June F)

Comment: I nominate Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog of Iloilo City, Philippines for World Mayor 2014 due to the fact that, being armed with a strong, focused vision and determination, his programs have far-reaching impact on the lives of the Ilonggos by making them realize their dreams and aspirations. He took Iloilo to new heights by promoting it as a favorable area for tourism, trade and investments. He has initiated measures to make City hall a one-stop-shop for business permits and licensing requirements to make Iloilo, making Iloilo City a business friendly city. He ushered the multi-million investment of Ayala Land Development Project. He has modernized the infrastructure in the city such as roads and bridges in unprecedented scale. He is committed in nurturing the city’s greatest assets: the students who would be the future leaders and professionals by initiating the tax information drive for high school students. He has established the Iloilo city Community College for the youth of the city. He works tirelessly to provide service to the people. Through his unyielding support for the City Assessor’s Office, and the City Treasurer’s Office, the later have both received awards for excellence in Western Visayas. (By Nelson P)

Comment: I nominate for Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog of Iloilo City, Philippines for World Mayor 2014 because:
1. He provides full scholarship to Iloilo City Government employees in Master in Public Management from Ateneo de Manila University and Master
in Public Governance from West Visayas State University.
2. He provides free 2 years Technical-Vocational Education at Technical Institute of Iloilo City-Molo and 3 months short at TIIC- Bo. Obrero.
3.He supported the Alternative Learning System ( ASL) Program for out-of-school youth and adults.
4. He ordered for the streamlining of business permits application processing for new and renewed businesses.
5.He initiated measures to make the Iloilo City Hall a One-Stop-Shop for Business Permits and Licensing requirements. (By Leo E, Iloilo City)

Comment: I believe that Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog is the World Mayor 2014. He pushed his employees to reached their full potentials. He encouraged all his employees to enriched their knowledge in their respective fields. he even supported them financial, even from his own personal pocket. I for one can attest to that. He encouraged me to take my Physician Board Exam. I was employed as a nurse then. but now, through his perseverance, persistence in encouragement and support, I am now enjoying serving Iloilo City residents as a PHYSICIAN. (By Homer R)

Comment: For me, the best Mayor is Hon. Jed Patrick E. Mabilog of Iloilo City , Philippines. He fast tracked the development of Iloilo City in less than 4 years in almost all aspects .

Not contenting himself only on structures , he inspired and challenged advocacies to go strong . I am talking specifically on the Tobacco control/ antismoking advocacy , usually avoided by Chief executives of highly urbanized cities because of its difficulty and perception that it is a political suicide.

The good Mayor actively challenged Iloilo City Antismoking Task Force and all sectors of the Goverment and society to look deeper in the implication of a society steeped in cigarette smoking and its consequences. Such concerns as smoking avoidance, smokefree places and goverment buildings, No to inducing children to smoke and , no to Tobacco company overtures and promotions and sponsorships were supported strongly by this non smoking Mayor. Such initiatives and moves garnered for Iloilo City 3 Red Orchid Awrds for the Search for 100% smokefree Environments of the Deaprtment of HEALTH AND world health Organization(WHO).

Sustainability was insured in Enforcement as well in awareness of the ill effects of smoking . Iloilo City has some of the strictest laws vs smoking. This for me shows compassion , future seeing and discipline and above all stewardship of what the good Lord has given us, all ingredients for a great Mayor. (By Inigo DG, Iloilo City)

Comment: I vote Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog of Iloilo City, Philippines for World Mayor 2014 because he is a very dynamic, efficient and effective mayor of our city. Since 2010 when he was first elected as our city mayor, major changes in social, economic, environmental, good and transparent governance for the good of the city emerged and blossomed. Up to now, he continues to do wonders to the city through his numerous accomplishments in all aspects, like in the continuing education for the students and government employees; making Iloilo City a business friendly; offering low cost decent housing to its constituents; giving medical/health care and emergency services; quality and huge infrastructure projects; established crisis management; initiated and improved healthy and sustainable environment; uphold public safety and initiated aggressive campaign against illegal gambling; intensified campaign against illegal drugs, loose firearms and explosives, wanted persons, etc.; initiated steps to ensure sustainable and affordable power supply; practices good and transparent governance. He also won several local, national and international awards for being a dynamic city mayor. (By Ruth A)

Comment: I would like to commend Mayor Jed Mabilog for the transformation of the City of Iloilo to what it is now. Im 58 years old now and since early child no City leader has ever done the kind of positive change that he has done for the city in a very short span of time. Im so glad that we have leaders like him who initiated so much change.

1. The city is very clean and you dont see people littering around and seldom you see a cleaner.
2. ILOILO river which is dying is now tranformed and its almost and impossible task of relocstimg squatters.
3. Downtown Iloilo which almost bacame a ghost town is now a very good heritage site. Same with the other landmarks thats being restored.
4. City is well develop and opportunities for employment and business abound with very small bureaucracy.
5. Old plazas and open parks are now well developed.
6. You could roam around the city and be safe with very good Peace and order .
7. It’s a very ideal place to live with the kind of govt in place
8. We hope other cities will emulate the administration...

It shows that government can create meaningful changes to society when we have a Mayor like Mayor Jed Mabilog in place. (By Vic G)

Comment: I am 36 years old, a resident of Iloilo City, Philippines for 36 years too. I have not experienced the best governance in our city for my entire life until Mayor Jed Mabilog took his seat. I told my self, so it is also possible to make Iloilo the Premiere City, why it did not happen before? Why it only happen now im already 36 years old. If Mayor Jed Mabilog put up tall commercial buildings by attractting top companies to invest, best airports in our counntry, high class residential buildings, attractive landscapes, widen the highways and make it also avaibale for bikers, reviving our river which admired not only the locals but internationally and many many more. Why do the previous mayors did not?
This is why it is very clear that mayor Jed Mabilog is one of a kind and deserves to be the World Mayor 2014. (By Joemar F)

World Mayor

The philanthropic City Mayors Foundation awards the World Mayor Prize every two years to a mayor who has made outstanding contributions to his / her community and has developed a vision for urban living and working that is relevant to towns and cities across the world. The Prize has been awarded since 2004.

Anyone voting for a mayor is also asked to consider whether his / her candidate is likely to agree to the City Mayors Code of Ethics. Mayors wishing to be considered for the World Mayor Prize will be asked to sign up to the Code.

Votes must be accompanied by a thoughtful supporting statement.

2014/15 Timetable
First-round nominations were accepted until the middle of May 2014. A longlist of 121 candidates was published on 22 May. A shortlist of 26 nominees was announced on 18 June 2014. A second round of voting will take place between now and the middle of October. The winner of the 2014 World Mayor Prize and other results of the World Mayor Project were announced on 3 February 2015.

The philanthropic City Mayors Foundation, the international think tank on urban affairs, organises the World Mayor Project and awards the World Mayor Prize. The Prize, which has been given since 2004, honours mayors with the vision, passion and skills to make their cities incredible places to live in, work in and visit. The World Mayor Project aims to show what outstanding mayors can achieve and raise their profiles nationally and internationally.

The organisers of the World Mayor Project are looking for city leaders who excel in qualities like: leadership and vision, management abilities and integrity, social and economic awareness, ability to provide security and to protect the environment as well as the will and ability to foster good relations between communities from different cultural, racial and social backgrounds. Mayors wishing to be considered for the World Mayor Prize will be asked to sign up to the City Mayors Code of Ethics.

The winner receives the artistically acclaimed World Mayor trophy, while the runner-up is given the World Mayor Commendation.

Winners and runners-up
2004 to 2014

In 2014: Winner: Naheed Nenshi (Calgary, Canada); First runner-up: Daniël Termont (Ghent, Belgium); Second runner-up: Tri Rismaharini (Surabaya, Indonesia)

In 2012: Winner: Iñaki Azkuna (Bilbao, Spain); Runner-up: Lisa Scaffidi (Perth, Australia); In third place: Joko Widodo (Surakarta, Indonesia)

In 2010: Winner: Marcelo Ebrard (Mexico City, Mexico); Runner-up: Mick Cornett (Oklahoma City, USA); In third place: Domenico Lucano (Riace, Italy)

In 2008: Winner: Helen Zille (Cape Town, South Africa); Runner up: Elmar Ledergerber (Zurich, Switzerland); In third place: Leopoldo López (Chacao, Venezuela)

In 2006: Winner: John So (Melbourne, Australia); Runner up: Job Cohen (Amsterdam, Netherland); In third place: Stephen Reed (Harrisburg, USA)

In 2005: Winner: Dora Bakoyannis (Athens, Greece); Runner-up: Hazel McCallion (Mississauga, Canada); In third place: Alvaro Arzú (Guatemala City, Guatemala)

In 2004: Winner: Edi Rama (Tirana, Albania); Runner-up: Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Mexico City, Mexico); In third place: Walter Veltroni (Rome, Italy)