Roberto Pagdanganan
Roberto M. Pagdanganan is a Filipino
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Personal life

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
Calumpit, Bulacan
CALUMPIT is a 1st class urban municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 98,017 people in 16,167 households.-Physical and Socio-Political:Land Area: 5,625 has.No...

 mayor Ramon Pagdanganan (1953-2008). He is married to the former Susana Oblefias of Sariaya, Quezon
-History:Originally, what now forms Quezon was divided among the provinces of Batangas, Laguna, and Nueva Ecija. The area was first explored by Juan de Salcedo in 1571-1572, during his expedition from Laguna to Camarines provinces....

 who is presently a governor of the Philippine National Red Cross and Central Board Member of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines. They have 2 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
Bulacan , officially called the Province of Bulacan or simply Bulacan Province, is a first class province of the Republic of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon Region in the island of Luzon, north of Manila , and part of the Metro...

 in 2004. Raymond died in 2007 in a car accident on the MacArthur Highway, in Malolos City
Malolos City
City of Malolos is a 3rd class urban component city in the Republic of the Philippines. Malolos is considered as the 115th city in the country. It is the capital city of the province of Bulacan as the seat of the provincial government...

, Bulacan
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Political career

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
Good governance
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 and quality education. He is also Chairman of the National Cooperative Movement (NCM) which supports the development of cooperatives and the small and medium enterprises (SME's). Presently, 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
Boy Scouts of the Philippines
The Boy Scouts of the Philippines is the national Scout organization of the Philippines. Its mission is to imbue in the youth the love of God, country, and fellow men; to train young people to become responsible leaders; and to contribute in nation-building.The BSP was chartered under...

 (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 *art-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 of 1986 to December of 1987. He was elected unopposed (the first) as Provincial Governor of Bulacan in January of 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
People Power Coalition
People Power Coalition ' was the Philippine administration's coalition party in the May 14, 2001 midterm Legislative elections. The coalition was created after the EDSA Revolution of 2001 that ousted Joseph Estrada from the presidency on January 20...

 but later lost.

Obet Pagdanganan also hosts hosts regular radio programs: "Lingkod ng Bayan" at GMA Super Radyo DZBB, 594 kHz every Saturday, 11 A.M. to 12 Noon; "Yagyagan sa Bantay Radyo" at DYDD Cebu City, every Saturday, 9 P.M. to 10 P.M.; and "Obet n' Action sa Aksyon Radyo", DXGO Davao City every Sunday, 7 A.M. to 8 A.M.. 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
Bulacan , officially called the Province of Bulacan or simply Bulacan Province, is a first class province of the Republic of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon Region in the island of Luzon, north of Manila , and part of the Metro...

 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
Philippine National Police
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 (PNP) ordered full security for Roberto Pagdanganan.

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.

As a new member of the Nacionalista Party
Nacionalista Party
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, Pagdanganan ran for congressman for the 1st district of Bulacan in the 2010
Bulacan local elections, 2010
Local elections will be held in the Province of Bulacan on May 10, 2010 as part of the 2010 general election. Voters will select candidates for all local positions: a town mayor, vice mayor and town councilors, as well as members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the vice-governor, governor and...

 but lost to incumbent Ma. Victoria Sy-Alvarado
Ma. Victoria Sy-Alvarado
Maria Victoria Reyes Sy-Alvarado is a Filipino politician. A member of the Lakas-CMD Party, she is a Member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines, representing the First District of Bulacan since 2007....


Government Positions

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)
    Department of Tourism (Philippines)
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     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
    Bulacan State University
    Bulacan State University is a state-funded institution of higher learning established in 1904, by the virtue of ACT 74 of the Philippine Commission in 1901, as an intermediate school established by the American regime, and converted into a chartered state university in 1993 by virtue of Republic...

  • 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
    Valedictorian is an academic title conferred upon the student who delivers the closing or farewell statement at a graduation ceremony. Usually, the valedictorian is the highest ranked student among those graduating from an educational institution...

  • 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
Philippine Bar Examination
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Currently, there are only five (5) Pagdanganans who are admitted in the Philippine Bar, namely: (1) Nicanor T. Pagdanganan; (2) Jose Sauro Pagdanganan; (3) Fortunato C. Pagdanganan, Jr.; (4) Liam S. Pagdanganan; and (5) Ernesto S. Pagdanganan. In the event Roberto M. Pagdanganan is successful, and will pass the Philippine Bar Examinations, he will be the sixth Pagdanganan in the Roll of Attorneys.

Cultural references

  • 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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