Edward Hagedorn, incumbent mayor of Puerto Princesa City, is one of the senatorial candidates for the 2013 elections.
First elected mayor of Puerto Princesa in May 1992, Edward Hagedorn is best recognized as one of the more successful progressive local leaders of the Philippines with his passion and dedication towards the protection of the environment. Under his leadership, Puerto Princesa was transformed into one of the more famous eco-tourism destinations in the Philippines. The city is also a global model for environment protection, elevating the city into the Hall of Fame as the Philippines “cleanest and greenest” component city and winning several global recognition and awards in the process. He was also instrumental in promoting the Palawan Underground River to be included in the list of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
The multi-awarded mayor, Edward Hagedorn once gave his city the reputation of having the lowest crime rate. Apart from this, he has begun initiatives such as Oplan Linis Program, Comprehensive Housing Program, Education Program, Infrastructure Program, Tourism Program, and many more.
Edward Hagedorn said he initially hesitated to run for senator because this will require a paradigm shift – from heading an executive department to helping in the legislative process. “I didn’t finish schooling, then I will have to produce legislation, deal with the background of law. But many things contributed to me – my experience as a local government official.”
He is running as an independent candidate, but Edward Hagedorn said that he will likely receive help from his friend, former President Joseph Estrada. He said it was Esrada who invited him to run for senator and that he will run on a pro-environment platform.
Platforms/Advocacy of Edward Hagedorn
The legislative agenda of senatorial candidate Edward Hagedorn focus on jobs, investments, national healthcare, decentralization and development of infrastructure and land use, education and youth development, renewable and sustainable energy, and social policies and advocacies.
You can visit his website for complete info about his legislative agenda.