Allen Jesse Capuyan Mangaoang
Birth and Parents
Born in Sagada Mt. Province in July 21, 1959 to Jesus Puyao Mangaoang, an engineer from Balbalasang, Balbalan Kalinga and Rose Capuyan, an educator from Sagada Mt. Province, Allen Jesse Capuyan Mangaoang has always been an achiever.
With his burning desire for a better future, the young Sonny as he is fondly called, left the comfort of his culturally-knitted family and the simplicity of his rural upbringing to pursue his studies.
He graduated Salutatorian at the Balbalasang Elementary School and was a Valedictorian at the St. Paul’s Memorial School where he finished high school. He enrolled at the Mapua Institute of Technology, where he finished his Bachelor of Science in Geology.
Hurdling the board examination for geologists in the same year he graduated, earned him the historic accent as the first ever in the Province of Kalinga in this particular field of profession.
The lucrative and promising career as a geologist brought him to work in various mining firms in the country and in a short span of time, Sonny became an admired and well-known in the mining industry of the country. However, the fame and fortune in the practice of his profession would soon come to an end as he heeded another calling, that is – Public Service in his hometown.
Having shared and experienced the hardships in his hometown of Balbalan, the calling to serve his ka-ilyan proved too strong for Geologist Mangaoang to resist. In a stunning political debut in 1995, Sonny Mangaoang was elected Vice Mayor with an overwhelming mandate by the people of Balbalan Kalinga. As Municipal Vice Mayor, he introduced appropriate legislations which unknowing to himself, would serve as his guide to run the Local Government Unit (LGU) six years later.
The 2001 election would propel him to the executive branch of government as he was elected to be the 16th Mayor of the Municipality of Balbalan in Kalinga.
In his baptism of fire as the new mayor, it was a challenging task for him to lead a municipality like Balbalan, which is dwelling in the bottom of the poverty list among 1,506 municipalities in the Philippines, along with the myriad of other problems laying on its shoulder.
With a tunnel vision and unperturbed concentration, he dug into the bottom of these problems and surmounted them with solutions that yielded phenomenal results. He introduced reforms that overhauled the human and financial resource of the LGU which resulted in an efficient workforce and well-managed finance of the LGU. It was under his stewardship that the Municipality of Balbalan metamorphosed from a sleepy 5th class municipality into one of the progressive municipalities of the Province of Kalinga.
But more than any of the above achievements, Mangaoang is known for restoring his constituent’s faith in local governance by championing the policy of full transparency and accountability. His three-term administration which includes a second term where he ran uncontested was never tainted with any allegations of any irregularities.
To add another feather to his crown, Mangaoang was elevated a champion mayor and made one of only 21 Mayors all over the archipelago to serve as faculty member of the Mayors Development Center, the educational arm of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines. For these achievements, he stood tall and proud for he has accomplished his mission with flying colors.
2010 to Present
In a dramatic twist of event, the 2010 Elections brought Mangaoang in the Provincial political landscape as a substitute candidate. With the withdrawal of his party mate from the Vice Gubernatorial race, he filled in for the vacated post as standard bearer of the Nacionalista Party in the province.
A neophyte in the province-wide political arena, Mangaoang banked on his accomplishments as former Mayor and as a reformist to woo the provincial electorate. Pitting him against three other high caliber candidates in a four-way fight in a much hyped and charged campaign atmosphere, the good deeds of a good man prevailed. Mangaoang emerged victorious in a convincing victory.
His first day into the august chamber was no walk in the park because of apprehensions and fear from critics that he will leave no stones unturned with his reformist stance, it was the case indeed. A privilege speech brought about by the reforms he wished to effect was greeted negatively by his critics. He stood still and was never cowed by the hankering of those who are against his standard of public service.
As presiding officer of the Provincial Board, he steered the smooth passage of legislative measures that tends to address the needs of the greater majority of the people. In his second year as Vice Governor, the Province did not operate in a re-enacted budget because of the timely passage of the annual budget for two consecutive years. More notable also in his accomplishments are amendments to various ordinances which needed modifications to keep up with the advent of time and the demand of development cycle.
Believing in the sense of pride and ownership generated from empowering people, the barangays and various institutions and organizations were given more supremacy in the implementation of projects funded from the provincial coffers through the fund transfer ordinance which was amended to suit the convenience of the transacting public.
Various resolutions were also passed relative to socio-economic and infrastructure development endeavors being undertaken by the Province resulting to the influx of additional funds from line agencies of the National Government, International funding agencies and from other outside resources.
Sonny Mangaoang is also distinguished today as the first Vice Governor who was able to help 95 nurses earn job experience by hiring them in rotation basis as casual nurses to various hospitals in the provinces. 38 Local School Board teachers were also employed to augment the teaching force in various schools in the province. This is apart from the number of casual employees hired by the office which were detailed to various offices.
This is the first time that a job generation to this magnitude was ever recorded in the history of the Office of the Vice Governor which came as an effect of the cost cutting measure and savings instituted by Sonny Mangaoang.
For its share of the Development fund and other shares intended for infrastructure development, then Vice Governor Mangaoang was able to appropriate 27.5 million worth of development projects from the 1 million five hundred thousand pesos appropriation he initiated to support livelihood ventures.
For so short a time, then Vice Governor Mangaoang has surpassed what is traditionally expected for Vice Governor. He has served beyond what his functions mandated and went beyond tradition if only to serve the masses. Yet, despite his numerous accomplishments, awards and admirations, Sonny has remained simple, humble and unaffected. This is his calling as a public servant and his molding as a devoted Christian.
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