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Edward Hagedorn was elected as Mayor of Puerto Princesa City in 1992. He 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. He has established Puerto Princesa City as a model of eco-tourism for the country.
In 2007 with Edward Hagedorn’s leadership, Puerto Princesa was declared a highly urbanized city and became independent of the province.
Edward Hagedorn completed his education from St. Andrew’s School – Parañaque, San Sebastian College – Recoletos and from the University of the East in the City of Manila.
He is currently the Chairman of the League of Cities of the Philippines.
As the Senyor Tagbalay of Tagbalay Foundation, Inc., he reiterated that his environment is his home. “My environment is my home… and just as I do not violate my own home, so must I not violate my environment,” he said. “Instead, I should only preserve, protect, and restore it to life. My environment nurtures me to life so must I embrace it as my own.”
With the overwhelming support of the people of Puerto Princesa, Edward Hagedorn transformed the city as a major eco-tourism destination and model in environment protection. It became a Hall of Fame Awardee for being the cleanest and greenest component city in the Philippines. And has been generously given national and international awards and recognition for various innovative programs and projects a proof of seriousness of purpose and magnitude of success.
Born: October 12, 1946 (age 66) at Parañaque, Rizal
Political Party: Independent
Spouse: María Elena Marcelo
Children: Eva Christie, Elroy John
Residence: Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Plus countless other Plaques of Appreciation and Recognition
Sources: wikipedia.org, Edward Hagedorn’s official website