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July 17, 2008 HAU Jubilee Forum on Good Governance in Government

Engr. Bayani “BF” Fernando

A professional Mechanical Engineer. He is the founder of the BF GROUP OF COMPANIES, dealing with construction, steel, manufacturing and real estate. He has built the country’s tallest buildings, shopping malls, industrial and residential subdivisions and facilities. He is a former Secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

He was a three-term City Mayor of Marikina, who transformed the former municipality into one of the best-managed cities and a paradigm of responsive and effective governance. During the incumbency, Marikina City was accorded 55 citations and distinctions.

As Chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Metropolitan Manila has been dramatically changing into a livable metropolis. With his exceptional administrative skills and leadership qualities that have now become the yardstick of performance, he continues to prove himself as an agent of positive change. This earned him the moniker “Mr. Governance”.

For his outstanding work, he was conferred the Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa, Ateneo de Cagayan, The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Award for Government Service, the H. R. Reyes Academic Medallion of Honor, Central Colleges of the Philippines and Doctor of Public Administration, Honoris Causa by the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

Mr. Political Will. “Suaviter in modo, fortiter in re” a Latin phrase which means, “Gentle in manner, Resolute in action”. He speaks and deals with people from all walks of life with the amiable bearing of a real gentleman but decides and acts with a firm political will, uncompromising with his principles. From his passion of building structures, he now prides himself as a builder of character.

The Chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority


The Honorable Secretary Bayani “BF” Fernando

“Bilang isang namumuno, hindi ako maaring makiiyak sa mahihirap sapagkat kung bulag din sa luha ang aking mga mata, paano ko sila maaakay upang makaahon sa kahirapan.”

“As a leader, I cannot cry with the poor for if my eyes are blinded with tears, how will I lead them out of poverty?”

Date Posted: 07-16-2008