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Francis Tolentino

Francis Tolentino

Filipino mayor
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Countries Philippines
Occupations Politician
Gender male
Birth 1 January 1958 (Guinobatan, Albay, Bicol Region, Luzon)
Education University of London
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Francis N. Tolentino (born January 3, 1960) is a Filipino politician who was best known for being the ninth chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) from 2010 to 2015. He ran for the senatorial post in the 2016 elections as an independent candidate and supported the presidential bid of Rodrigo Duterte. Tolentino lost because he was at the 13th place of the Senate election in 2016.

On June 11, 2017, Tolentino was appointed as President Rodrigo Duterte's political adviser.

Tolentino is running in the Philippine Senate election, 2019.

Early life

Francis Tolentino was born and raised in Guinobatan, Albay, Philippines, to parents Isaac and Elena Tolentino. Isaac, who died on July 2016, was a former Mayor of Tagaytay. He grew up and studied elementary school in Tagaytay, Cavite and for some time in Pasay and Mandaluyong. He pursued his secondary education in Lourdes School of Mandaluyong. He also attended the Far East Military Academy for a year.

Tolentino earned Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 1980 from the Ateneo de Manila University and his Bachelor of Laws in 1984 from the same university's law school.

He later earned a Master of Laws from the University of London, choosing to specialize in Public International Law.

He also earned a Master of National Security Administration (MNSA) from the National Defense College of the Philippines and a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University.

He is a full colonel of the Philippine Army (Reserve). He studied at the Military College of South Carolina (Citadel), USA and graduated from the Command and General Staff College and the National Defense College of the Philippines.

Political career

Tagaytay mayor

Tolentino was first appointed to the post of OIC Mayor of Tagaytay from 1986 to 1987 by former President Corazon Aquino, following the People Power Revolution. He ran unopposed in the 1995 elections as Mayor of Tagaytay and served for nine years from January 1995 to 2004.

Under his mayoral administration, he created the Tagaytay Office of Public Safety, which later became the basis of policies he put into force as chair of the MMDA. He also initialized the Character First programs which encourages governments, government leaders, civic organizations and religious organizations to band together to establish a "city" or "community" of character with a character traits of a Filipino every month.

Metro Manila chairman

Tolentino overseeing the dryrun conducted as preparation for the 2015 papal visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines.

On July 27, 2010, Tolentino was appointed by President Benigno Aquino III as the ninth chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). He is the first and only non-resident of Metro Manila to be appointed to the post.

Last August 2013, Tolentino, as the MMDA Chairman, launched the first Metro Manila Integrated Bus Terminal known as the Southwest Integrated Provincial Transport Terminal (SWIPTT).

On September 19, 2013, Tolentino signed Metro Manila Outdoor Media Magna Carta along with various advertising groups, setting the terms for regulating outdoor advertisements in Metro Manila. Among the terms in the 15-page agreement were a 216 square meter limitation on all outdoor signs and structures, with 30 percent of the space of ground level ads allotted "for landscape works or vertical gardens." Prior to the signing of the document, no limit had been placed on the size of advertisements, such that a number of billboards as big as 1,000 square meters had been allowed. The document provided a nine-month grace period for advertisers to be able to comply.

To address the traffic situation in Metro Manila and to offer transportation alternative to the public, Tolentino relaunched the Pasig River Ferry System last April 2014, in coordination with the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission and Department of Transportation and Communications.

As chair of the MMDA, Tolentino is also designated by Metro Manila Commission Executive Order No. 86-09 as chair of the annual Metro Manila Film Festival, in which capacity Tolentino introduced a number of changes, including the introduction of new contest categories and the removal of box office receipts from the criteria for the selection of best picture starting from the 2010 edition.

2019 Campaign

Tolentino is running in the Philippine Senate election, 2019.

Tolentino supports the Death penalty.

Tolentino Is endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

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http://francistolentino.com.ph
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