|Gwendolyn Fiel Garcia|
|Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Cebu's 3rd District|
June 30, 2013
|Preceded by||Pablo John Garcia|
|Governor of Cebu|
June 30, 2004 – June 30, 2013
|Preceded by||Pablo P. Garcia|
|Succeeded by||Hilario Davide III|
|Political party||Lakas-Kampi-CMD (2004-2011) National Unity Party (2011-2012)
United Nationalist Alliance (2012-Present)
One Cebu (2004-present)
|Spouse(s)||Eufrocino Codilla, Jr. (annulled)|
|Relations||Pablo P. Garcia (father)
Pablo John Garcia (brother)
Byron F. Garcia (brother)
Winston Garcia (brother)
|Alma mater||University of the Philippines Diliman (college)|
For the actress see Gwen Garci
Gwendolyn Fiel Garcia (born October 12, 1955), commonly known as Gwen, is a Filipina politician who is the Representative of the 3rd District of Cebu and the governor of the province from 2004 to 2013. She is Cebu's first female governor.
Gwendolyn Garcia was born on October 12, 1955, the eldest daughter of Pablo P. Garcia, a long-time politician, and Esperanza “Inday” Fiel-Garcia, a judge. Her youngest brother, Pablo John Garcia is a lawyer-congressman. Her brother Byron has been a security consultant for the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC), which caught global attention in 2007 for its rendition of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" featuring the its inmates. Her brother Winston is the former manager of the Government Service Insurance System (Philippines).
Education and career
Garcia was a consistent honor student in elementary and high school at Cebu's St. Theresa's College. She previously earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communication from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She was awarded with the Honorary degrees of Doctor of Humanities from the Cebu Normal University (CNU) and Doctor of Philosophy in Technology Management from the Cebu State College of Science and Technology (CSCT).
Prior to being elected as governor, she was responsible for instituting various reforms at the Cebu Provincial Capitol as a Consultant on Systems Promotion and Development for three years. Earlier, she was Consultant on Financial Affairs and assisted her father in expanding the province's resources.
She was active in the private sector as chairperson of the Leyte Cooperative Bank from 1996 to 1998. She is, since 1998, president and CEO of the GGC Group, Inc.
She is the head of the Regional Development Council, the Regional Peace and Order Council, and chairman of the Visayas RDCom (comprising RDC 6, RDC 7 and RDC 8), the Deputy Secretary General for Visayas of the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP), Chairman of the Board of the Mactan Cebu Bridge Management Board (MCBMB), and Member of the Board of the Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA).
Garcia first entered politics in 2004, when she was elected as governor by 7,000 votes to succeed her father. Three years later, in 2007, she was reelected overwhelmingly, obtaining a lead of 500,000 votes. In 2010, she defeated Hilario Davide III, son of former Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr., for a third and final term by more than 90,000 votes.
Garcia was a potential candidate in the 2013 Senate elections of former President Joseph Estrada and Vice-President Jejomar Binay's United Nationalist Alliance. However on September 20, 2012, she withdrew her bid and sought to replace her brother, Pablo John, as representative of the 3rd district instead.
On December 17, 2012, Garcia was ordered suspended for six months in a decision rendered by the Office of the President for grave abuse of authority. The decision is an offshoot of the complaint filed by the late Vice Governor Gregorio Sanchez since she usurped the power to appoint employees of the Office of the Vice Governor and maliciously reduced the budget of the said office by 60%. After a proper investigation and hearing, the Office of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo recommended a 6-month suspension against her. The Office of the President then found her guilty of the charges and affirmed the recommendation of suspension.
The DILG Regional Office 7 implemented the order of suspension on December 19, 2012 and Vice Governor Agnes Magpale was sworn in as acting governor. However, Garcia defied the order of suspension and refused to step down by staying in the Governor's Office  with her family members who spent Christmas and New Year with her at the Cebu Capitol building.
Meanwhile, Garcia filed a petition with the 12th Division of the Philippine Court of Appeals stationed in Manila questioning her order of suspension. On January 3, 2013, the Court of Appeals refused to grant a temporary restraining order (TRO). After leaving the provincial capitol on January 30, 2013 to attend an event in the town of Oslob, she was ordered locked out of her office by Magpale.
Garcia was elected as the representative of the third congressional district on May 13, 2013, narrowly winning by 1,984 votes over Pinamungahan Mayor Geraldine Yapha. On June 21, 2013, two days after her suspension was lifted, she returned to the capitol and immediately fired provincial administrator Eduardo Habin for enforcing Magpale’s order.
- Profile, Pablo Garcia
- services.inquirer, The Garcias, the Aboitizes and Meralco
- pablojohn.com, Pablo John Garcia: Following in his father's footsteps
- Official Profile of Governor
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