NOTE: I gathered the following information from various sites featuring this candidate. If you wish to see something shorter (albeit containing limited info), GMA Network has a brief summary of the track record of all the candidates, which you can find by clicking here. The Philippine Star also has detailed profiles for each candidate, and you’ll find their feature on Binay here.
Makati Mayor (1986-1998, 2001-2010)
After the 1986 EDSA Revolution, President Corazon C. Aquino appointed Jojo acting mayor of Makati. Jojo was Mrs. Aquino’s first appointed local official.
He became Governor (Concurrent Capacity) of the Metropolitan Manila Commission but left in less than a year to start campaigning for the mayoralty race in Makati. Binay won, on his own, the mayorship of Makati in 1988 and was reelected in 1992 and 1995.
When Makati was converted into a highly-urbanized city in 1995 by virtue of R.A.7854, Binay became the first Chief Executive of the City Government of Makati.
While serving as mayor of Makati, he was concurrently chair of the Metro Manila Authority for two terms under the Aquino administration.
After completing his 3 consequtive terms as Makati mayor, Binay fielded his wife to take over. While he was still active—though from the sidelines—in the Makati politics, he returned to MMDA as chair. Under the Estrada administration, he was also co-chair of the Task Force on Traffic Improvement and Management for Metro Manila and Suburbs, and was co-chair of the Pasig Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC).
After breaking the 3-consequtive-terms limit set by law, he returned to reclaim the post as Mayor of Makati City in 2001. He served another 3 consequtive terms.
Binay is known for having turned Makati into a welfare city, especially for senior citizens who enjoy perks such as watching movies within the city for free anytime of the day, receiving cash incentives, birthday cakes, free medical assistance, and burial assistance among others.
Makati City Achievements
- The city of Makati was the only local government unit to be awarded the Philippine Quality Award Commitment to Quality in the year 2000, for exemplary organizational performance.
- The Makati Health Program was acknowledged for its outstanding contributions towards improving the living environment. Popularly known among its populace as the “Yellow Card”, the city won the Dubai International Best Practices Award in the year 2002. This is a joint project of the United Nations Human Settlement Program (UN-HABITAT) and the municipality of Dubai.
- Awarded the much coveted Philippine E – Government prize by the Philippine Internet Commerce Society in the year 2002 reinforcing its claim as the nation’s leader in e-governance using information technology with its government website, http://www.makati.gov.ph.
- The Jaime Cardinal Sin Serviam Award for “Outstanding Community Service in the Promotion of Christian Values” presented in the year 2004 Catholic Mass Media Awards, for its regular Sunday program on radio station DWIZ, hosted by Mayor Jojo Binay and Vice Mayor Ernesto S. Mercado.
- The Best City Peace and Order Council in the Highly Urbanized Category from the years 2002 to 2004 as awarded by the National Police Commission. The council has held this title previously in the years 1995 to 1997. As an added milestone to the city’s peace and order campaign, the Makati council made it to the “Hall of Fame” for the second time. Quite an extraordinary feat for an accomplishment.
- The Makati Police Station was adjudged the best police station in the country in the year 2004 and likewise Patrol 117 Award for Best Crime Responder given by the Philippine National Police Headquarters.
- The Makati Fire Station was also named the Best Fire Station in the National Capital Region in 2004.
- The Most Dynamic City in the year 2004 and one of the Top Five Performing Cities in the year 2005 from the Asian Institute Management Policy Center, the Philippine Cities Competitive Ranking Program.
- Top Ten World Mayors in the year 2006, ranking fourth (4th) out of 677 mayors from Asia, Europe, South America and United States of America in an internet based survey aimed to promote strong governance and livable cities.
Makati had sister city pacts with 670 LGUs. Under these pacts, Makati “donates vehicles, secondhand books, school chairs and tables to its sister LGUs, which are mostly 4th- and 5th-class municipalities.” Although recently suspended by Acting Mayor Kid Pena, the agreements have been defended by Binay’s camp as a practice that: (a) “has been done since the 1990s and contributes greatly to our poorer countrymen;” and (b) is allowed under Article III, Section 33 of the Local Government Code of 1991, which states that LGUs “may, through appropriate ordinances, group themselves, consolidate, or coordinate their efforts, services and resources for purposes commonly beneficial to them.”
Vice President (2010-2015)
Binay ran for Vice President in the 2010 elections and defeated Mar Roxas, the running mate of Aquino, by a slim margin of roughly 700,000 votes.
During his term as vice president, Binay also served as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and as Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Concerns.
From July 2010 to April 2015, the government’s key shelter agencies provided house and/or lot packages to 792,014 families valued at P268.826 billion.
The Office of the Vice President (OVP) moreover reported having acted on 3,949 requests for assistance from Overseas Filipino Workers and their families since 2010. These requests ranged from repatriation, assistance on salary and benefits claims, legal assistance for detained OFWs, and grievances against recruiters and agents.