Richard Gordon is a Philippine Senator and one of the candidates in the upcoming 2010 Presidential Philippine Elections. He is commonly called Dick Gordon by the people around him. Dick Gordon is a proven transformational leader, the real action-man; making possible the seemingly impossible, and simply best known for overcoming great odds.
Dick Gordon Early Life and Education
Dick Gordon is also Richard Juico Gordon, born on August 5, 1945 in Castillejos, Zambales. He is the son of James Leonard T. Gordon, the second municipal mayor of Olongapo, and Amelia Juico Gordon, the first mayor of Olongapo. He obtained his elementary education in Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila while he completed secondary to tertiary education in Ateneo de Manila University. He earned a degree of Bachelor of Arts, major in History and Government in 1966. He pursued a degree of Bachelor of Laws at the University of the Philippines College of Law in the year 1975.
Dick Gordon as a Politician
As founding Chairman and Administrator of the SBMA, he inspired an army of 8,000 volunteers who protected and preserved the U.S.$ 8 billion facility. Together with the volunteers, he successfully transformed Subic into a premier investment hub that hosted the 4th APEC Leaders Summit in 1996. By the time he left in 1998, SBMA had over 300 investors including notable American companies: Federal Express, Coastal Petroleum and Enron. It even had British firms, BICC Cables and Shell Exploration as well as Taiwan’s Acer Computers and France’s Thompson Audio. More than 90,000 jobs were created under his leadership. (politicalarena.com)
Philippine National Red Cross and Department of Tourism
Since 1986, Gordon was elected as governor of the Philippine National Red Cross, taking active roles in rescue, relief and rehabilitation in various disasters from shipwrecks, typhoons, 1990 earthquake in Cabanatuan, 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo, 2004 landslides in Aurora, Quezon and 2006 Ginsaugun, Southern Leyte mudslide and the PhilSports Arena stampede. Currently he is the chairman as well as a Member of the Governing Board of the International Federation of the Red Cross.
On January 2001, Gordon actively participated in the second EDSA Revolution that led to the removal of Joseph Estrada from the presidency. Newly installed President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appointed Gordon as secretary of the Department of Tourism. With his experience as a former brand manager of Procter and Gamble Philippines and chairman of SBMA, Gordon placed the Philippines in the international tourism map by actively marketing the Philippines in several tourism expositions and road shows with the Wow Philippines campaign strategy winning awards at ITB and WTM. From 2002, after four years of negative growth and in spite of threats of terror post 9-11, Abu Sayyaf kidnappings, SARS, Oakwood Mutiny, tourism arrival increased heavily. He also encouraged domestic tourism by holding regional events and having provincial destinations showcased at Intramuros and the rationalization of Holiday Economics. He held the position until January 2004.
Dick Gordon Political Parties
* Bagumbayan-VNP (2009–present)
* Lakas-Kampi-CMD (2004–2009)
* Nacionalista (1988–2004)
* KBL (1980–1986)
Vote Richard ‘Dick’ Gordon and his running mate Bayani Fernando for Vice-President of the Philippines this May 2010 Elections.