Statement of DILG SECRETARY EDUARDO M. AÑO on the death of former Senate President Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel, Father of the Local Government Code

October 21, 2019

The entire Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) family mourn the passing of former Senate President Nene Pimentel, one of the country’s greatest political figures, who was also former Minister/Secretary of Local Government under the Cory Aquino administration.

An esteemed statesperson, he was the principal author of the landmark Republic Act 7160 (The Local Government Code of 1991), which gave LGUs the power and capability to provide for the basic needs of the people within their provinces, cities, municipalities, even up to the barangays. As former Mayor of Cagayan de Oro City, he understood the cause of decentralization and local empowerment.

He was, together with the President, the country’s foremost advocate of a Federal system of government. Even if he is no longer with us, this Department will continue his advocacy for change and political reform through our program for constitutional reform (CORE).

In this trying time, we ask the Filipino people to offer prayers for the soul of former Senator Nene Pimentel. We also ask all Local Government Units nationwide to remember him in your activities as we commemorate Local Government month and urge them to place your flags at half-mast as a sign of respect to this great advocate of local autonomy and empowerment.

May perpetual light shine upon him, and the Lord grant him eternal rest. Amen.