Roberto Pagdanganan

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Roberto M. Pagdanganan
Philippine Tourism Secretary
In office
February 2004 – September 2005
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Preceded by Robert Dean Barbers (acting)
Succeeded by Joseph Ace Durano
Philippine Agrarian Reform Secretary
In office
January 20, 2003 – January 20, 2004
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Preceded by Hernani A. Braganza
Succeeded by Jose Marie B. Ponce
Governor of Bulacan
In office
February 1988 – June 30, 1998
Preceded by Amado Pineda
Succeeded by Josie dela Cruz
In office
May 1986 – December 1987
Preceded by Ignacio Santiago, Sr.
Succeeded by Amado Pineda
Personal details
Born Roberto Mamangon Pagdanganan
(1946-07-19) July 19, 1946 (age 70)
Calumpit, Bulacan, Philippines
Political party Nacionalista
Other political
Lakas CMD
Spouse(s) Susana Oblefias
Profession Politician
Religion Roman Catholicism

Roberto Mamangon Pagdanganan (born July 19, 1946 in Calumpit, Bulacan, Philippines) is a Filipino politician.

Personal life[edit]

Robert Pagdanganan was born to former councilor Juan T. Pagdanganan, Jr. (now deceased) and Mrs. Rosalina Mamangon Pagdanganan. He is brother of former Calumpit, Bulacan mayor Ramon Pagdanganan (1953–2008). He is married to the former Susana Oblefias of Sariaya, Quezon who is a governor of the Philippine National Red Cross and Central Board Member of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines. They have two children, Maria Rossana (married to Michael Allan Sicat) who is a former senior manager at Unilever PRC, and Roberto Raymond. Roberto Raymond was also a politician, he ran for Vice-governor of Bulacan in 2004. Raymond died in 2007 in a car accident on the MacArthur Highway, in Malolos City, Bulacan.[1]


Political career[edit]

Roberto "Obet" Pagdanganan, is the President of the Foundation for Local Autonomy and Good Governance, Inc. (FLAGG), an NGO dedicated to pursue equitable and sustainable national progress through genuine local autonomy, good governance and quality education. He is Chairman of the National Cooperative Movement (NCM) which supports the development of cooperatives and the small and medium enterprises (SMEs). He is also Vice-Chairman of the National Real Estate Association (NREA), and a member of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) where he was a two-term National President in 1996 to 1998. He holds two other posts in the government as presidential adviser on cooperatives and chairman of the board of part-time professor at the Manuel L. Quezon University (15 years) and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (3 years), before he became OIC Governor of Bulacan from March 1986 to December 1987. He was elected unopposed (the first) as Provincial Governor of Bulacan in January 1988 and was thereafter re-elected twice in 1992 and in 1995. In 1998, he ran as a candidate for the Presidential nomination of Lakas-CMD but later lost to House Speaker Jose de Venecia during the national convention, he was later included as one of the candidates of the party for the 1998 Senatorial Elections where he placed in the 13th spot. In 2001, he ran again as senator during the Midterm elections under the People Power Coalition but later lost.

Obet Pagdanganan also hosts regular radio programs: "Lingkod ng Bayan" at GMA Super Radyo DZBB, 594 kHz every Saturday, 11 am to noon; "Yagyagan sa Bantay Radyo" at DYDD Cebu City, every Saturday, 9 pm to 10 pm; and "Obet n' Action sa Aksyon Radyo", DXGO Davao City every Sunday, 7 am to 8 am. He has published papers on Business and Local Government Partnership for National Progress, development of SME's and cooperatives, and local governance. He is the author of the book "A Call for Cooperative Revolution".

After Pagdanganan lost the 2007 Bulacan Gubernatorial race, his brother, Ramon "Monching," who also lost the Calumpit mayoralty race, was gunned down on May 4, 2008, in Calumpit. The Philippine National Police (PNP) ordered full security for Roberto Pagdanganan.[2]

On October 15, 2009, the Supreme Court of the Philippines allowed the Commission on Elections to proceed with the election protest for the governatorial position in Bulacan of Roberto M. Pagdanganan against Joselito R. Mendoza.

On December 1, 2009, the Commission on Elections proclaimed Roberto Pagdanganan as the rightful governor of the province of Bulacan.[3]

As a new member of the Nacionalista Party, Pagdanganan ran for congressman for the 1st district of Bulacan in the 2010 but lost to incumbent Ma. Victoria Sy-Alvarado.

Government positions[edit]

This is a partial list of government offices handled by Roberto Pagdanganan:

  • Governor, Province of Bulacan, 1989–1998
  • National President, League Of Provinces of the Philippines, 1990–1998
  • National President, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, 1995–1997
  • Secretary, Department of Agrarian Reform(Philippines) January 20, 2003-January 20, 2004
  • Secretary, Department of Tourism (Philippines) February 2004-September 2004
  • Chairman and President, Philippine International Trading Corporation, September 2004 - March 2007
  • Chairman, Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PhilSOC), 2004–2005


Obet Pagdanganan holds the following educational qualifications.

  • Doctorate in Educational Management (Honoris Causa), Bulacan State University (1995);
  • Master in Business Administration, Dela Salle University (1981);
  • Bachelor of Laws, Manuel L. Quezon University (1990);
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (1968), where he is the only Summa Cum Laude to date in the School of Engineering, 11th Placer, Chemical Engineering Board Examinations (July, 1968);
  • Calumpit Institute, Valedictorian (1963);
  • Calumpit Elementary School (also Caniogan Elementary School), Valedictorian (1959)

Pagdanganan, 62, was among the record 6,533 law graduates who took the September, 2008 Philippine Bar Examination.[4]

Cultural references[edit]

  • He became one of the cast of Tirad Pass topbilled by Romnick sarmenta. He is the Supremo of the Katipunan in that movie.
  • His true-to-life story was made into film in 1997 entitled "Ilaban Mo, Bayan Ko: The Obet Pagdanganan Story" starring Joel Torre.



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