Tycoon, builder, public servant
Hon. Rodolfo G. Valencia, better known as “RGV”, is a highly esteemed personality in Philippine government and in business, housing and real estate being his expertise. He is regarded as a national figure, a gentleman politician, distinguished professional and a well-respected businessman, community builder and civic minded individual.
He is the son of the late Artemio Umali Valencia and Mena Garong from Calapan City and Naujan, Oriental Mindoro, respectively. He is the 3rd in a brood of 9 children, namely: Sonya, Joe, RGV, Nonoy, Van, Allan, Sammy, Jocelyn and Maritess.
The young Rodolfo fell in love with a beautiful maiden from the native town of Naujan named Chalie, then “Miss Naujan”. They fell in love and were married.They were blessed with 5 lovely children: Joanna, Arnold, Charleston, Gerry and Nico.
A self-supporting student, he worked at day time and studied at night time. At a tender age of 16, RGV started his real estate profession. He was topnotcher at the real estate broker’s exam with the grade of 93%, and in real estate appraisal exam with 98%.
At 18, he made his 1st Million as a Real Estate Broker. At age 25, he ventured into housing development and was successful in the projects.
He was the youngest President of the Manila Board of Realtors at the age of 28 and the Philippine Association of Real Estate Boards (PAREB) at age 33 both for 2 consecutive terms.He was also the Director of the National Association of Realtors (NAR-USA) representing the Philippines.
Further, he served as president and executive officer of the:
Philippine Council for Planning and Housing (PCPH)
Asia Pacific Real Estate Federation
Philippine Real Estate Exchange
Federacion International Des Professiones Immobilliares (FIABCI) Philippine Chapter
ASEAN Association for Planning and Housing (AAPH) and
Subdivision Owners of the Philippines (SOAP)
Co-Founder of the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders Association (CREBA)
His marketing and management company, the RGV Marketing and Management Corporation, landed among the top 1,000 corporations in the Philippines in just 24 months of business operations. It ranked 617th in terms of highest taxes paid to the National Government. To date, he sits as Chairman of the RGV Group of Companies
The projects undertaken merited RGV the TEN OUTSTANDING YOUNG MEN (TOYM) award in the field of Human Settlements in 1983 and the ANVIL Award for its innovative and trail-blazing Pabahay Program in the field of Marketing which was such a big hit among the OFWs, then known as OCWs, in Saudi Arabia and other parts of the Middle East.
San Beda College, his Alma Mater, also accorded RGV the BEDAN OF THE CENTURY award in the field of Real Estate and Housing, as well.
As a Realtor
- Top 50, The Philippines Best Tycoons Taipans Entrepreneurs, BizNews Asia
- Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines in Human Settlements Management
- The youngest, 2-term President of the Philippine Association of Realtors Boards (PAREB), the largest umbrella organization of real estate service practitioners with 62 constituent member-boards nationwide
- Past Director, National Association of Realtors (NAR-USA)
- Past President, Philippine Council for Planning & Housing (PCPH)
- Past Executive Vice President, Asean Association for Planning& Housing (AAPH)
- Past Vice President for Asia, Federacion Internationales Des Professiones Immobillares (FIABCI)
- Past Director, Rotary Club of Manila (RCM)
- Award of Excellence awarded by Pres. Fidel V. Ramos in 2016
- Former Congressman, First District of Oriental Mindoro, House of Representatives, 8th, 13th, 14th and 15th Congresses of the Philippines (1987-1992; 2004-2013)
- As Chairman of the Committee on Housing & Urban Development, steered the passage of landmarks laws he authored/co-authored in the 14th-15th Congresses, including significant resolutions adopted by the House of Representatives
- Former Three-TermProvincial Governor, Oriental Mindoro (1992-2001)
- Consistent 10 Outstanding Legislators/Congressmen Awardee
- Most Outstanding Governor in Calamity Management awarded by former President Fidel V. Ramos (1995)
- Most Outstanding Governor awarded by former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada(2000)
- Most Outstanding Professional in Real Estate Service awarded by the Professional Regulation Commission (2011)
After 23 years of public service, RGV is back to his first love -- the real estate business. He is currently packaging several mega projects for new townships in Metro Manila, Metro Tagaytay, and Batulao, Batangas, and of course, his home island province of Mindoro, in partnership with investors from the Middle East, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
Problem solver and jumbo dealer
Students of Philippine real estate will recognize many of the projects that RGV took on. The portfolios are outsanding case studies of real estate projects that were turned around from distressed properties and/or projects into huge and profitable successes by RGV and his team, thanks to innovative approaches, creative packaging, meticulous feasibility studies, and no-holds-barred marketing and sales.
The list is impressive. Here are a few of these distressed properties/projects turned into overnight successes:
Within Metro Manila - Chinatown Steel Towers (Binondo, Manila), Makati Executive Center (Salcedo Village, Makati), Yulo Plaza Townhomes (Don Bosco, Makati City), Pacific Bank Building (Ayala Avenue, Makati City), Cordova Luxury Condominium (Salcedo Village, Makati), and LTA Office Condominium (Legaspi Village, Makati City)
Xavierville Estate Subdivision (Diliman, Quezon City), Pugad-Lawin Villas (Barangay Toro, Quezon City), SM Homes (Novaliches, Quezon City), and Valencia Hills (Valencia Street, Quezon City);
Hagdag Bato Townhomes (Mandaluyong City), Pag-IBIG sa Marikina (Marikina Heights, Marikina City), Sunriser Village (Camarin, Caloocan City), Capitol Homes (Zabarte, Caloocan City);
CRC Multinational Village (new NAIA in Paranaque City), South Bay Gardens ( Paranaque City), Susana Heights (Muntinlupa City), InterCity Homes (SLEX, Muntinlupa City), Pag-IBIG sa Las Pinas (Las Pinas City), URCI Townhomes (Alabang-Zapote Road, Muntinlupa City);
Outside of Metro Manila - Holiday Homes (San Pedro, Laguna), Cuevasville Subdivision (Sta. Rosa, Laguna), Batulao Estates (nasugbu, Batangas), and Baguio Townhouses (Baguio City), to name a few.
The North Fairview (QC) Story
One of the remarkable success stories of RGV's unique approach to real estate was his consolidation of various disputed properties in the North Fairview area which were in the brink of foreclosure by the the Philippine National Bank (PNB).
The consolidation, feasibility study and effective marketing plan resulted in the North Fairview Park Subdivision, for which the RGV Management & Marketing Corp. was established.
Through this company, RGV organized and mobilized the very first sales network in the industry composed of realtors from among the members of the Philippine Association of Realtors Boards (PAREB).
RGV's company was instrumental in the record sell-out of the North Fairview Park Subdivision. In the short span of 24 months, the company landed on the list of the Top 1000 Corporations in the country, ranking 627th in the terms of highest taxes paid to the National Governement.
With company growing, RGV began his own housing projects in 1980s that included Roseville Subdivision in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and the RGV Executive Homes within the BF Homes Complex in Paranaque City, for a start.
The North Fairview success story firmly established RGV's reputation as an innovator in the real estate marketing. He demonstrated the power of an integrated real estate sales network when he tapped 2,000 realtors, real estate brokers and agents from the PAREB network, together with its constituent local boards throughout the country, to work on a common project.
RGV also pioneered the formation of the Philippine Real Estate Exchange (Phil-REX), a quasi-Philippine Stock Exchange for the real estate industry. All the big industry players quickly bought into the idea. RGV's corporate offices became the first active information and listings exchange in the country.
Unfortunately, the initial enthusiasm was severely dampened by a presidential proclamation of then President Ferdinand E. Marcos placing the entire National Capital Region (NCR) under Urban Land Reform.
RGV likewise conceived the first "one-stop-shop" or one corporate umbrella the real estate services, including brokerage, appraisal, consultancy, project studies, development and management.
Housing program for the OFWs in Saudi Arabia
With the financial crisis that hit the Philippines in the early 80s, many housing developers were locked-in with their projects. The National Home Mortgage Finance Corp. (NHFMC) resorted to "seasoning" of its financing program for developers contributing to the National Shelter Program and for the homebuyers. The local housing market was practically nil.
Contrary to the advice of his peers in the industry who have decided to close shop, RGV intitiated a market study of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and caused the preparation of a marketing plan.
He launched the RGV Pabahay Program in the KSA and personally handled the indoctrination, training and mobilization of a core of 500 sales agents in the key cities of Dammam, Jeddah, and Riyadh. Bringing along with him over 30 housing projects in various parts of the National Capital Region and South of Metro Manila were on brisk sales, and practically sold out.
For his feat, the RGV Pabahay Program was adjudged as the Most Outstanding Project in Housing for the OFWs with RGV as the author, receiving the Anvil Award.
As a Congressman
From real estate to public service
RGV-sponsored laws strengthen programs and institutions
Cancelled of TLA 376
the principal author of "Abot-Kaya Pabahay" Fund Law
the Father of Pag-IBIG Fund
the principal author of the RESA Law
In 1987, RGV heeded the call of his province mate sin Oriental Mindoro to save the province from the clutches of illgal miners that were threatening the pristine forests, watersheds, and landscape of the province.
True to his calling as a real estate professional, he knew that the only way to protect Mindoro's natural assets was to properly uphold land use planning to protect the land assets and other natural resources of the province including its preservation and conservation. But this would not be possible without the political will and power to enforce it.
RGV ran for a congressional sear in Oriental Mindoro and won handily. But the call of Mindoro was for him not merely to protect but to develop the island. Thus, he ended up serving the province for three consecutive terms as governor and four terms as congressional representative, about 23 years in all.
Though busy with the comprehensive planning of his home province and managing a wide range of socio-economic projects for his people, RGV managed to stay connected with the real estate industry.
As congressman, he either authored or co-authored various pieces of landmark legislation related to housing production, finance, regulation, and marketing. He was a consistent advocate of comprehensice land use planning of all Philippine towns, cities, and provinces. Before RGV ended his last term, the Real Estate Services Act of 2009, of which he was the principal authorm was passed into law. This law mandated the professional licensing by the PRC of all real estate service practitioners in the country.
As a Governor
Mindorenos wanted RGV to lead the province
In 1992, multi-sectoral delegations persistently persuaded RGV to take over the provincial government. RGV was unopposed in his re-election bid for a second term in Congress, but the people wanted him to run for governor instead so that he could implement his development programs on a province-wide scale.
Thus, after one congressional term, RGV ran for governor of Oriental Mindoro in 1992. He held the post for three consecutive terms. During his first term as governor, Oriental Mindoro was beset by:
- The treasury practically drained -- with a huge deficit.
- In the midst of a critical peace and order situation due to the proliferation of illegal activities such as jueteng, drug trafficking, illegal logging and illegal fishing even in the prime municipalities.
- Unstable power and energy, shipping monopoly, transportation and communications problems, among others.
1. Good governance
RGV introduced the mindset of professional management in the governance of the province. He worked with key stakeholders from all sectors of the citizenry and rallied the people to support his "Mindoro 2000" development program.
He developed an effective and efficient system of governance and public accountability, institutionalizing a cluster organization consisting of various government officials, classified according to their expertise and specialization.
- Under his leadership, the clusters handled and implemented enormous tasks under the Mindoro 2000 program.
- Bi-monthly meetings were conducted to discuss provincial plans and programs while regular meetings convened by the Governor are attended by all cluster chairmen.
- The cluster management has been instrumental in the speedy and well-carried out rehabilitation program for the province.
The development initiatived launched in the past decade have blazed the trail toward progress and prosperity. Improvements in power and energy, transportation and communications, roads and bridges, housing and livelihood, education and sports have reached notable proportions.
2. No monopolies
For several decades, the Viva Shipping Lines and the Sto. Domingo Shipping Lines owned by a prominent family from Quezon dominated the Mindoro-Batangas shipping route. The entry of the Aboitiz Shipping Co., upon the invitation of RGV, signaled the end of the monopoly. Two twin-hulled type fastcrafts named SuperCat were introduced, cutting down travel time from the regular two hours to only 45 minutes. More shipping lines came forward. Today, regular trips of "Ro-Ro" vessels from the Port of Calapan to the Port of Batangas is an hourly basis, 24/7.
This helped connect the trade and commerce of the island to the economy of the entire region. It ensured the market for the province-wide green revolution, agribusiness and agri-tourism programs that made the province the fourth Top Food Producer of the Philippines.
3. Peaceful Mindoro
RGV fought against destructive mining, illegal logging, illegal gambling and illegal drugs. RGV stood his ground without compromise. He frustrated bigtime jueteng lords, mining proponents, logging concessionaires and operators of nefarious trades from bribing him of millions of pesos in payola.
With an incorruptible governor, the Philippine National Police (PNP) declared Oriental Mindoro as among the very few provinces to be "Jueteng Free" as well as free from illegal logging, illegal mining and illegal drugs.
PNP cited Oriental Mindoro as the Most Peaceful Province in the Southern Tagalog Region (CALABRAZON and MIMAROPA)
4. Calamity management
Three successive typhoons (Monang, Naning and Puring) devastated the poor people of Oriental Mindoro in December 1993. RGV fully utilized the funds from then President Fidel V. Ramos for the rehabilitation of the vital bridges and infrastructure.
5. Outstanding Governor
The record-time fast reconstruction and rehabilitation of the province was hailed by then President Fidel V. Ramos and Defense Secretary Renato De Villa of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) for which they declared RGV as Outstanding Governor in Calamity Management in 1995.
6. Father of MIMAROPA
Following the development of Region IV-A spurred by the creation of the CALABARZON, RGV initiated the formation of the island provinces constituting Region IV-B into what is now referred to as MIMAROPA composed of the Mindoro Oriental and Occidental, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan. Later, in recognition of the leadership role that Oriental Mindoro has taken on various initiatives that have benefited not only the province, but also the neighboring provinces, Calapan City was readily recognized as the site and host for the Regional Center of the MIMAROPA region.
7. Mindoro potential land-mapped
- The Provincial General Land Use Plan, which is based on the GIS Satellite Mapping by Cybersoft Information Technology, Inc., identifies land areas for residential, agricultural development, fishery development, forestry, urban, and industrial zones.
- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan has approved the Provincial Physical Framework Plan, which document has been submitted to the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) for review and approval.
- The approval of the province's Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) by the HLURB paved the way toward prudent and wise management of the province's natural resources.
- The agricultural lands will be fully maximized while the forests and watershed will be given the proper attention and protection.
8. Tourism boom
Blessed with rich natural resources, the provincial government maximized its efforts to promote the province as a tourism haven.
- Implement the activation of provincial and municipal tourism councils.
- Ways to consolidate the agricultural sector to help promote agro-tourism in the province.
- The Department of Tourism declared Oriental Mindoro as the 9th Tourist Destination in the country.
- DOT has also included the province's historical Sanduguan Festival in the Calendar of Festivals.
- Launched its own program called, "Balik-Mindoro Program," encouraging Mindorenos overseas to come back and experience the festivities in their homeland. Introduced Retirement Villages Concepts, including Medical Toursim.
- Encourage them to help promote Mindoro overseas as a tourist attraction.