On May 9, 2017, the House of Representatives paid tribute to the life and work of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) President Roberto E. Aboitiz (REA) by adopting House Resolution No. 54, co-authored by 10 Cebuano congressmen.
The resolution, entitled “A resolution honoring Mr. Roberto Eduardo Melendez Aboitiz, Chairman of the Board and President of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. and Co-Chairman of the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board, his leadership and contribution in business and social development and expressing condolences on his demise”, recognizes and honors REA’s life, legacy, and memory and the impact his work has left in the Philippines, particularly in Cebu.
“He demonstrated the essence of service-oriented leadership: promoting respect, courtesy, and diplomacy; embodying stability, security, and humility; and cultivating character (with a sincere heart of service and compassion), competence, (leading with excellence and integrity), and citizenship (with a deep love for his community, country, and people),” reads the resolution.
REA assumed leadership of RAFI in 1986 after the death of his father, Eddie Aboitiz, bringing the Foundation to new levels of engagements with the public, private, and civil society sectors at the local, national, and international levels. His bugsay leadership principle placed emphasis on each person as accountable and determined in paddling towards their goal and bringing about positive change in their communities.