Mayor of City of Makati, Philippines
Mayor Abby Binay is now in her second term as chief executive of the the Philippines’ financial centre and premier investment hub, Makati, having been re-elected in the May 2019 elections. Prior to getting elected as Mayor of Makati in 2016, she served three terms in Congress from 2007 to 2016 as Representative of the second district of Makati.
During her first term in office, the mayor jumpstarted the city’s digital transformation through a series of public-private partnership (PPP)-led initiatives, including the Makatizen Card, Makatizen App, and the Makati Public Wi-Fi System. These have been recognized by national and international bodies advocating sustainable, green and inclusive development. Mayor Binay also made history when she entered into a ground-breaking joint venture agreement with a consortium of private companies for the construction of the Makati Subway, the first and most ambitious underground railway project undertaken by a local government unit in the Philippines.
Mayor Binay holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology, major in Human Settlements and Planning, from the University of the Philippines in Los Baños, Laguna. She obtained her juris doctorate degree from the Ateneo School of Law and passed the bar in 2002.