Enrico R. Echiverri

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Enrico "Recom" Reantillo Echiverri (born 18 November 1954) is a lawyer, professor, and politician. He is the incumbent mayor of Caloocan City. He is married to Purificacion Manalatan of Nueva Ecija and Batangas, with whom he has five children.


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Education

Echiverri spent his grade school years at Morning Breeze Elementary School and finished high school at Araneta University Foundation High School in 1971. He took up Bachelor of Arts in Economics at San Beda College. Upon graduation, he studied at the Ateneo de Manila University and finished his degree in Bachelor of Laws in 1981.


Early career

Before he entered politics, Echiverri served as an arbiter and conciliator at the Department of Labor and Employment from 1981 to 1988 and simultaneously as legal counsel for J. Antonio Leviste Company from 1984 to 1988. He was also appointed Director of the Videogram Regulatory Board in early 1990s.

His political career began when he was elected city councilor in Caloocan from 1988 to 1992. In 1995, he worked as secretary to the mayor until he ran for congress in 1998. He became the representative of the first district of Caloocan in the House of Representatives from 1998 to 2004. He was also a law professor in four universities, namely Maryknoll College, San Beda College, Far Eastern University and Manila Central University.


Mayoralty

In 2004, Echiverri ran for mayor in Caloocan under the Liberal Party and defeated Luis Asistio and Roberto Cordero in the race. Through his administrative slogan, Reform Caloocan, Echiverri implemented the Medium-Term Development Plan that aims to create more infrastructures; develop hospitals and health services; make a cleaner city; increase social services, livelihood, and housing programs; crime prevention; create a better water system; build an ecopark, zo,o and a planetarium; build more school buildings and day care centers, streetlights, sports centers, and covered courts; and enhance the educational system of the University of Caloocan.

He is now in his second term.


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Controversy

In January 2012, Echiverri faced a suspension order by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in connection with his alleged failure to remit the city government officials’ Government Service Insurance System contributions which amounts to P38 million. However, The Caloocan City Regional Trial Court issued a temporary restraining order, stopping the DILG from implementing a six-month preventive suspension order against Echiverri, city treasurer Evelina Garma, budget officer Jesusa Garcia, and city accountant Edna Centeno.


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