Grace Padaca

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Maria Gracia Cielo M. Padaca
Governor of Isabela
In office
June 30, 2004 – June 30, 2010
Preceded by Faustino Dy Jr.
Succeeded by Faustino G. Dy III
Commissioner of Commission on Elections
Assumed office
October 8, 2012
Preceded by Agusto Lagman
Personal details
Born (1963-10-25) October 25, 1963 (age 51)
Political party Independent (2004-2009)
Liberal (2010)
Alma mater Lyceum of the Philippines University

Gracia Cielo "Grace" Magno Padaca (born October 25, 1963) is a Filipino politician and former broadcaster who has been the governor of the northern Luzon province of Isabela, Philippines since 2004.[1] She is also the recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service in 2008.

During her childhood, she survived polio; she has walked with crutches for most of her life.

2001 congressional elections[edit]

Padaca ran for Congress in 2001 where she lost to Faustino "Bojie" Dy, by a margin of 1,285 votes (he got 50.7 percent of the vote to her 49.3 percent). She protested the results of 151 ballot boxes. Dy countered, questioning the results not only of the 151 precincts but all 812 precincts. Padaca initiated what she called an "Adopt A Ballot Box" campaign to raise funds to cover the cost of a ballot box revision. After two and a half years, the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET), in a decision promulgated on December 18, 2003, declared Dy the winner by 48 votes. The majority of the HRET refused to count ballots with "Grace" written on them in favor of Grace Padaca.

2004 gubernatorial elections[edit]

Padaca won the 2004 gubernatorial election in the northern Luzon province of Isabela with 55% of the vote.

2010 gubernatorial election[edit]

In the 2010 election Paadaca was defeated by three-term congressman Bojie Dy of the 3rd district of Isabela with a margin of 3,438 votes.[2]

International Women of Courage Award[edit]

On December 5, 2007, United States Ambassador Kristie Kenney personally conferred to Padaca the International Women of Courage Award, an award which was also conferred to former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. It was bestowed on Padaca for her continued development of Isabela.[3]

Padaca, 44, on July 31, 2008 was among the 8 winners of the 2008 Ramon Magsaysay Award, for Government Service for "empowering Isabela voters to reclaim their democratic right to elect leaders of their own choosing, and to contribute as full partners in their own development."[4]


Illegal logging task force[edit]

Padaca campaigned against illegal logging problems.[5] Padaca reactivated the anti-illegal task force.[6]

Kaya Natin[edit]

Padaca, Gov. Ed Panlilio (of Pampanga), (Naga City) Mayor Jesse Robredo, and Mayor Sonia Lorenzo of San Isidro, Nueva Ecija, launched "Kaya Natin", a group that "seeks to recruit principled local government officials to change the country's deteriorating political situation." Their 'Islands of Hope' - university campus tour, a movement for ethical leadership and good governance was launched on July 31, 2008, at the Ateneo de Manila University's Walter Hogan Conference Center in Quezon City.[4][7]