Frederick “Freddie” Siao is the local chief executive of Iligan City, Philippines.
Born and raised in Iligan City, he is well-aware of the city’s problems such as the long-time inadequate
water supply in many barangays and the lack of a proper system for garbage disposal. He is an experienced
public official – the city sports director for 6 years, an elected city councilor for 6 years, and the current
lone district representative since 2016.
As shown by his many completed projects, he’s the kind of leader who turns visions into reality.
He dreams of a better and progressive Iligan City. With your help, he can make that happen.
Freddie was born on November 29, 1966 and raised in Iligan City. He went to Lanao Chung Hua High School for his elementary
and secondary education. He grew up watching the city grow, develop, and turn into what it is today. As someone who has lived
in Iligan City for more than 50 years, he knows the most common problems Iliganons are facing such as garbage disposal,
drainage issues, lack of water supply, and lack of agricultural support.
As the city sports director, he significantly improved Iligan City’s
representation to regional and national tournaments by giving all-out support to
athletes and contestants. As a city councilor, Freddie accomplished 37 ordinances
and 175 resolutions. As a congressman, he authored 170 house bills and co-authored 183 ones.
Among his house bills that have become law include the Salary Standardization Law of 2019
and Student Fare Discount Act while among those that have passed the final reading are
the house bills giving IRA to six barangays, making the Buru-un school of fisheries a
polytechnic state college, and creating the Iligan City General Hospital.
In 2021, he realized one of his visions for Iligan City – the Mandulog
River Esplanade, one of the newest attractions of Iligan City popular for its beautiful
structure. He turned the famous Tambacan wood bridge into a fortified steel bridge with
LED lights. He also championed the visions of barangays and schools by helping them build
their multipurpose facilities and classrooms, respectively. Other visions he has for Iligan
City are a sports complex, an international convention center, a general hospital, a special
economic zone, world-class learning institutions, and a strong local economy.
He finished Bachelor of Science in Business Administration,
Major in Management at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila and Master of Public
Administration at Bukidnon State University. He was one of three fellows in the Mindanao
Bridging Leaders Program in 2012 conducted by the Asian Institute of Management.
He was appointed as the Iligan City Sports Director from 2004 to 2010 and elected as
city councilor from 2010 to 2016 during which he authored the Revised Iligan City Investment,
Incentives, and Promotions Code, attracting huge investments such as Robinsons Place Iligan.
In 2019, he represented the Philippines in the Emerging Leaders Program of Harvard Kennedy
School, which seeks to build leaders fit for the challenges of the new generation.
Freddie is married to another native Iliganon Maria
Teresa Padilla-Siao and has been blessed with three children — Derrick, Alexandra,
and Ethan — who have been well-nurtured and have now become mature and successful
individuals. He spends quality time with the family mostly by traveling with them
to different places in the Philippines and abroad.
Freddie is humble enough to admit that he has limited knowledge
in certain fields. In identifying and solving problems, he consults field experts and
stakeholders and takes their recommendations. For years, he has been taking advice
from experts in health, sports, agriculture, engineering, and other fields. More importantly,
he takes suggestions from representatives from the women’s sector, persons with disabilities
(PWD), senior citizens, the LGBTQ+ sector, business people, teachers, the youth, and other
sectors of society for the policies and programs he wants to create. He recognizes that in
nation building, the people should be involved.
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