Edward S. Hagedorn

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Edward S. Hagedorn
Mayor of Puerto Prinsesa City
Political Party: Independent (2012–Present)
Nationalist People's Coalition (until 2012)
Born: October 12, 1946
Spouse: Ma. Elena Marcelo
Children: Eva Christie
Elroy John
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Edward Solon Hagedorn (born October 12, 1946) was first elected on June 30, 1992 as Mayor of the City of Puerto Princesa, the capital of the island province of Palawan in the Philippines. He has been the mayor of Puerto Princesa since 1992.

With his passion and dedication towards the protection of the environment, Hagedorn is best recognized as one of the more successful progressive local leaders of the Philippines. His leadership is directed towards establishing a harmony between the environment and development. The mayor has established the City of Puerto Princesa as a model of eco-tourism for the country.

Currently, Hagedorn is a senatorial candidate for the 2013 Philippine general elections.


Early life and education

Inauguration of the Montible Modular Steel Bridge

Edward S. Hagedorn was born on October 12, 1946 in the then municipality of Parañaque, which was then under Rizal Province. His parents are Alexander Hagedorn and Gliceria Solon. He married Maria Elena Marcelo, and the couple have two children, Eva Christie S. Hagedorn and Elroy John S. Hagedorn.

Hagedorn completed his education in San Sebastian College - Recoletos and the University of the East in the City of Manila.


When Hagedorn was elected as Mayor of Puerto Princesa City in 1992, he also served as an Assemblyman of the Southern Philippines Council for Peace and Development (SPCD), a body created during the term of President Corazon C. Aquino which was tasked to oversee the establishment of an autonomous region for Muslims in Mindanao. This included Palawan island.

He also served simultaneously as mayor and as a Representative of the League of Cities of the Philippines for Region IV, and as a member of the National Executive Board of Boy Scout of the Philippines.

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.

Based on the Philippine Constitution of 1987, Hagedorn was prohibited from running for a third three-year term on 30 January 2001, but after an election recall led by Puerto Princesa’s Barangay leaders against the incumbent mayor who replaced Hagedorn, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a landmark decision allowing Hagedorn to run again as mayor of the city on 12 November 2002 .

On September of 2005, Hagedorn was appointed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as the “anti-jueteng czar,” charged to oversee the government’s efforts to clamp down on the proliferation of the said illegal gambling. Hagedorn was given the task of creating a legalized and government form of "jueteng" called Small Town Lottery or STL.

Hagedorn decided to run for Senate after his term as mayor ends in 2013. He admitted that at first he hesitated to run for Senate as it would require him a paradigm shift- from heading an executive department to helping in the legislative process. He added that he wasn't able to finish school and that as a possible legislator, he would have to deal with the background of law. But these things did not hinder him from running as he has experience as a local government official. Hagedorn said that he is running on a pro-environment platform.

Leadership Initiatives

Hagedorn awards the "Cleanest and Greenest" barangays
  • Oplan Linis Program (Clean and Green Campaign) - Launched on 01 August 1992, the program aims to sustain cleanliness, beautification, and sanitation in the city through active and continuing partnership among government agencies, non-government organizations, the private sectors, and citizens. Because of this program, Puerto Princesa earned the coveted label of being the cleanest and greenest city in the Philippines.
  • Bantay Puerto Program (Puerto Princesa Watch) - Protect + Rehabilitate + Plan - These are the program’s key management thrusts. Protect what is there, rehabilitate what has been destroyed, and plan for the intelligent utilization of the city’s terrestrial and marine resources. This is the life cycle that the program envisions for the community to achieve sustainable development.
  • Comprehensive Housing Program - Puerto Princesa’s vast land area and its rich terrestrial and marine resources have become like magnets that attract a lot of in-migration from all over the country. They came in droves and squatted in public and private lands whose owners either did not care or know. Majority of them, being fishermen, chose the coastal areas for being closest to their source of income.
  • Agriculture Program - Puerto Princesa City is primarily an agricultural economy. It is almost self-sufficient when it comes to food, except for a few varieties of vegetables. Metro Manila’s ten million population get their fish and other marine supplies from the city in particular, and Palawan in general. To improve the farmers' quality of life, however, there exists an urgent need to introduce productivity enhancement programs.
  • Education Program - To highlight the importance that the city government attaches to education as it plays a pivotal role in the city’s future development, Mayor Hagedorn launched the City Education Enhancement Program. The project intends to improve the standard of education within the service area of the city government by identifying and prioritizing the establishment of schools, and by organizing a continuous training scheme for schoolteachers in the city.
  • Health Program – When illness strikes and there is no one to turn to for help, people are tempted to resort to illegal means for remedy. For farmers and fishermen, for example, the seas and the forests become attractive sources of fast buck. To dispel this temptation, the city government has implemented effective and efficient health services.
  • Infrastructure Program – Under the leadership of Mayor Hagedorn, Puerto Princesa witnessed a boom in both horizontal and vertical constructions, implemented with the ultimate goal of boosting the economic development of the city at the least possible cost.
  • Livelihood Program – “Kaunlaran” (Development) or economic development is the last of the three K’s (the first two being “Kalinisan” or cleanliness and “Kapayapaan” or peace and order) that Mayor Hagedorn has promised the people of Puerto Princesa. This is the most difficult and challenging task that the mayor has put before himself. There is already a degree of relative peace in the city, though, making it one of the safest destinations in the Philippines.
  • Tourism Program - Puerto Princesa City was a place no one really bothered to know, except of course the Puerto Princesans. What little that people knew about Puerto Princesa were mostly conjured images of a not-so-welcoming place, as it gave the impression of being the abode of prisoners and where malaria abounds. Hagedorn succeeded in creating a better image for the city, making it the place to go to for eco-tourism while maintaining a balance with nature.


Hagedorn leads the celebrations for the "Feast of the Forests" with the late Senator Raul S. Roco in 2003

“To see Puerto Princesa as model city in sustainable development.”

With the following concepts:

  • A park-like city demonstrating balance and harmony between development and environment;
  • A center for eco-tours, healthful recreation, applied research on ecology, ecosystem, marine and terrestrial flora and fauna as well as environmental management;
  • A home for disciplined inhabitants who are responsible stewards of the city’s ecological system and resources; their quality of life improved as they enjoy—directly or indirectly—the bounties of nature and the fruits of their labor; and;
  • Its major thoroughfares developed as boulevards, promenades and stretches of tree-lined and coastal highways interspersed with parks and resorts, and provided with appropriate facilities for tourism, agriculture, commerce and environment-friendly industries.

Major awards and recognition the City of Puerto Princesa achieved under Hagedorn's term

  • Earth Day Award, 1993
  • “Hoy! Gising” Award, 1993
  • Best Local Government Unit Award, 1994
  • Macli-ing Dulag Environmental Achievement Award, 1994
  • Gantimpalang Panglingkod (GALING-POOK) Award for Bantay Puerto Program, 1994
  • Award of Excellence: Cleanest and Greenest Component City of the Philippines, 1994
  • Best Tourist Destination, 1994
  • Peace Award, 1995
  • Commerce and Conscience Award, 1995
  • Cleanest Inland Body of Water, Region IV, 1995
  • Nutrition Green Banner Award, 1995
  • Award of Excellence: Cleanest and Greenest Component City of the Philippines, 1995
  • Most Outstanding Performer of the Year, 1996
  • Best City Police Station, 1996
  • Best Local Government Unit, 1996
  • Management Awards of Asia (for Development Management), 1996
  • Gawad Pamana ng Lahi (Heritage Award), 1996
  • Likas-Yaman Awards for Environmental Execellence, 1996
  • Gantimpalang Panglingkod (GALING-POOK) Awards (1996) for: The Oplan Linis Program; The City Satellite Hospitals; and The City Satellite Libraries
  • Most Active Proponent of Coastal Clean-up, 1996
  • Hall of Fame Award (Regional Clean and Green), 1996
  • Award of Execellence: Cleanest and Greenest Component City of the Philippines, 1996
  • Most Distinguished Alumnus (San Sebastian College-Recoletos), 1997
  • Global 500 Roll of Honour Award (UNEP), 1997
  • Gantimpalang Panglingkod (GALING-POOK) Award for Carabao and Tractor Pool, 1997
  • Hall of Fame Award (AIM), 1997

In popular culture

  • Hagedorn was the subject of a bio-pic movie in 1996 titled Hagedorn, in which his character was played by the late King of Philippine Movies, Fernando Poe Jr..

See also

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