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Francis N. Tolentino

Francis N. Tolentino is the Chairman of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Philippines

Office Address
MMDA Building, EDSA corner Orense St., Guadalupe, Makati City

Contact/Telephone Number
Trunk Line : 882-4151 to 77
MMDA Hotline: 136
MMDA Duty Officer: 0917-5618709
Fax: 882-0859
Email address:: email@mmda.gov.ph
Website: mmda.gov.ph

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MMDA Chairman


  • Doctor of Judicial Science (International Environmental Law) (Candidate, SJD) - Tulane University Law School (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
  • Master of Laws (LLM) - University of London (England) Specializing n Public International Law - (with Merit) 2nd Honours)
  • Master of National Security Administration (MNSA) - National Defense College of the Philippines (Ranked #6 out of 55 graduates)
  • Graduate Diploma in Public Administration - Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University (New York City, USA)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) - Ateneo de Manila University Law School (1984)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) - Ateneo de Manila University (1980)
Former LGU Positions

  • Appointed OIC - City Mayor, Tagaytay City (1986-1988) after EDSA I Revolution
  • Elected Mayor of Tagaytay City for three (3) consecutive terms (1995-2004)
  • President, League of Cities of the Philippines (2001-2004)
  • Executive Vice President, Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (2001-2004)
Other Educational Institutions Attended
  • Hague Academy of International Law (Netherlands) - 1989
  • RAND Graduate School, Sta. Monica, California, USA
  • General Staff Course (GSC) (one-year program) - Command and General Staff College, Philippine Army, Fort Bonifacio
  • The Brookings Institute, Washington, D.C. (2004)

Legal Background

  • Passed the 1984 Philippine Bar Exams with a General Average of 86.25% (with scores of 94%, 95% and 100% in Labor Laws, Taxation and Criminal Law, respectively)
  • Passed the 1991 New York State Bar Exams
  • Practiced law with the Fornier and Defensor Law Offices, Padilla Law Offices (of the late Justice Teodoro Padilla) and the Freeman Law Office (New York City)
  • Presently, Partner, Oraa, Ruaro and Tolentino Law Offices (Manila)
  • Member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines
  • Member, New York County Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Bar Association Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Natural Resources Defense Council (New York City)
  • Member, Tulane Environmental Law Society (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
  • Member, American Constitution Society (Louisiana, USA)
  • Member, Bipartisan Policy Center (B.P.C.) (Washington, DC, USA)

Teaching Experiences

  • Ateneo de Manila Univeristy (Legal Management)
  • College of the Holy Spirit (Commerce Department)
  • Professor of Law, Faculty of Law and Jurisprudence, Centro Escolar University (Manila) (at present)

Special Awards

  • Conferred the University's Award of Highest Honor by the Soka University (Tokyo, Japan) (1998)
  • Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Reserve Officer of the Year (2001)
  • Philippine Army Officer of the Year (2000)
  • Most Outstanding City Mayor of the Philippines - awarded several times by various organizations

Significant Speaking Engagement/Presentations Made

  • World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg, South Africa, 2002)
  • Russia Mayor's Conference (St. Petersburg, Russia 2003)
  • United States Mayor's Conference (Denver, Colorado 2003)
  • Guest Speaker, South Asia Mayor's Convention (Indore, India 2002)


  • Founded the Association of Cities and Towns of Characters of the Philippines
  • Founded the City College of Tagaytay City
  • Organized the First Philippine International Conference on Anti-Terrorism (attended by various international Chiefs of Police) 3 months after the September 11, 2001 terror attack
  • Holds the rank of full Colonel, Philippine Army (Reserve)
  • Presently, a regular Columnist of the Manila Bulletin
  • Established the Tagaytay City Mounted Police


  • Philippine Cities Creation (1999)
  • Soul of Freedom (Book 2006)
  • The Precautionary Principle: Closing the Gap Between International
  • Trade Organization and Biotechnology (Tulane Law School, Fall 2009)
  • An Environmental Writ: The Philippine's Avatar (For Publication, Integrated Bar of the Phils. Journal, 2010)
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1 Fe C. Rafael   (13 February 2013 9:29 AM)
I am so amazed by this man's numerous accomplishments. Outstanding records. I'm sure his parents are so proud of him. A man of character.