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What is the legacy of Agustin R. Perdices to Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental?


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He was a dedicated public servant. — Roy T. Cang, proprietor, Cang’s Inc. Shopping Complex

Independent politics. He was his own politician, his own man. — Dumaguete City Vice Mayor Alan Gel Cordova

His greatest and utmost priority concern, care, attention, and services to the masa. His total devotion to serve the common tao. — Sr. Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, provincial director, Philippine National Police

Honest and transparent governance. I consider the late Governor Perdices the antidote to corruption. — Atty. Gloria Futalan, professor, SU College of Business Administration

He was a perfect, honest, and untarnished politician. Kurakot was never in his agenda to serve the City and the Province. My salute to an endangered species in Philippine politics. — Dr. Rico Absin, consultant, City/Provincial Tourism

His legacy is the unending admonition that public office should never be reduced into a mere comfortable sinecure to feed personal comfort at the expense of the welfare of the people. His public service record attests to his faithfulness to the dictum “A public office is a public trust”. — Woodrow Maquiling, former Dumaguete City Vice Mayor

It is worthy to note that Tuting was one public official who went around the City and Province without bodyguards. His lasting legacy is the peace and order situation in the City. We may have some unsolved killings but these are isolated cases. As he was an engineer, it’s only right that he be remembered for his road concreting projects around the City. Tuting’s death now leaves a void among Dumaguetenos. He was doing his job honestly, efficiently, and effectively. — Rene Genove, bureau chief, Visayan Daily Star

He was a very simple man. He lived a life anchored on God’s teachings: honesty, frugality, God-fearing, integrity. As a child, I remember him simply driving his jeep — and he never changed [his lifestyle] even when he was already Mayor of Dumaguete . — Cong. Josy Sy-Limkaichong, Representative, 1st District

Kasaligan in public service. — Newly-installed Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo

Tuting’s honesty and incorruptibility as a public official could be his greatest legacy to the people of Dumaguete and Negros Oriental. — Romy Amarado, news director, DYGB

Governor Perdices provided Dumaguete a leadership with a vision for 19 long years…and Negros Oriental for six months with the same brand of leadership. Truly kasaligan. — Amlan Mayor Bentham dela Cruz

Unassuming, approachable, low-key, honest, and a dedicated official. He had a lot to boast about…but did not. A rare breed of a man. — Baby T. Armogenia, proprietor, South Sea Resort

Tuting’s greatest legacy to Dumaguete is making the City and even the province of Negros Oriental a very pleasant place to live in for both lumads and foreigners. — Prof. Carlos Magtolis Jr., dean, SU Student Affairs

Governor Tuting was not only a superior civil servant, he was also a good Catholic. We in the Church greatly appreciate his stand against the RH Bill, and against all kinds of illegal or legal gambling. Governor Tuting is a great loss to the city of Dumaguete and the province of Negros Oriental. He was one of the most honest and most sincere in government service. — Fr. Gamaliel Tulabing, judicial vicar, Diocese of Dumaguete

As Mayor of Dumaguete, he was champion of cementing most of the City streets, modernized the slaughter house, waste septage facilities, and the City hospital. As Governor of Negros Oriental, he held the shortest term in office. — Alex Sy, president, Fil-Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Dumaguete City & Negros Oriental

His honesty as a public servant. and his humility as a person. — Japi Villegas-Lee

His relentless drive against illegal drugs, his unconditional support of various housing projects for the truly deserving, and his pioneering efforts for the City’s septage treatment facilities. — Juanito “Boy” Lee, proprietors, Antulang Beach Resort

His commitment to serve, despite personal odds. — Dr. Ben S. Malayang III, president, Silliman University

He was a great man, a good boss, and a best friend. — Iolani Villegas-Carballo, former executive secretary at the Dumaguete City Mayor’s Office

Gov. Agustin Perdices has been very generous and supportive of Foundation University’s corporate social responsibility in three areas: the Dumaguete Adventure Marathon, Banica Atong Suba, and recently, the Manjuyod Experiment, a project designed to promote organic fertilizer production and backyard gardening. As FU continues to pursue these projects, the spirit and memory of Governor Perdices will live on in our communities especially in the University Town. — Dr. Mira D. Sinco, president, Foundation University

Tuting’s legacy is providing the kind of public leadership perceived as dependable yet simple, enduring, and transparent. Which probably explains why he could afford to walk around sans armed bodyguards, a feat public servants ought to emulate. — Atty. Manuel R. Arbon, councilor, Dumaguete City

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