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Board Members

Mountain province is divided into two districts, district 1 and district 2.
District 1 comprises of Bontoc, Sadanga, Barlig, Natonin, and Paracelis while District 2 is formed by Besao, Sagada, Sabangan, Bauko, and Tadian. The following are the Board Members and Sectoral Representatives and their political careers up to the present:

Casting a vote for this man was never a waste, who is now serving his third term
as a Sangguniang Panlalawigan member. Notwithstanding his mandate as Board Member, this kind, modest and loyal servant will be serving our Province as the Chairman of the Committee on Budget and Appropriations, Public Works Highways and Infrastructure until 2019. Lapon also represents the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to special bodies such as the Personnel Selection Board, Provincial School Board, Provincial Health Board, Provincial Peace and Order Council and to the National Board Members League. BM Lapon is an Electric Engineer graduate; however, he decided to join the world of politics in 1995 when he ran as municipal councilor in Paracelis. He was elected councilor for three consecutive terms- a feat reflective of a civil servant's performance. In 2010, he decided to widen the scope of his service; he ran and won as Board member for District I. His performance coupled, with people's trust caused him to be re-elected in 2013 and in the May 2016 elections. Lapon is a dedicated husband to Marilyn Liwag and a doting father to their children, Keneth and Shane.

This affable man spent his younger years in Bontoc, Mountain Province. He went to Saint Vincent's School for his elementary and secondary years and attended Baguio Colleges Foundation (now University of the Cordilleras) for his tertiary. Despite being a busy family man, serving the constituents of Mountain Province prevailed in the heart of Mr. Afuyog. He served as a councilor in Paracelis - his hometown, from 1995-1998. In his wish to widen the scope of his service, he then decided to ran as Board Member. He won as Board Member for District I and again, as number two Board Member in the May 2016 elections in the same district. During his first term, Afuyog chaired the Committee on Cooperatives, Non-Government Organizations, Private Organizations and Trade Industry. The Provincial government has always been working hand in hand with these agencies and they were successful in providing great services for the good of the people. Afuyog hopes that, with him chairing the same committee for the next three years, the relationship of the provincial government with the said agencies will be strengthened and that members will stay committed in their goals- to provide development and services to the constituents. Afuyog is also the Co-Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture and Agrarian Reform. The tall and handsome man is happily married to Melba Pocyao and they are blessed with six children.

The Honorable Board Member Alfonso Liswid Kiat-ong Sr. is popular not only in Mountain Province, but also to the neighboring provinces and tribes because of his interventions and initiatives in the attainment of lasting peace in the capital town of Bontoc and Mountain Province as a whole - curbing the insurgency problem, solving tribal conflicts, preventing and mitigating the occurrence of crimes, and ensuring public safety. Fondly called by many as "Lakay Kiat-ong or Lakay Ponso" who just turned 85 years old on July 29, 2016, he spent most of his life in public service. At the age of 37, he started his political career in 1968 when he was elected as the mayor of the capital town Bontoc. Impressed by his humility, honesty, and genuine service, the people of Bontoc elected him again as mayor in 1998 and in 2004. His performance in the municipal level was known not only in Bontoc, but to eastern municipalities of Mountain Province as well which enabled him to win three consecutive terms as a member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of District 1 from 2010 up to present. At present, Board Member Kiat-ong still chairs the Committee on Human Rights, Civil Defense and Peace and Order, a committee he also chaired in his previous terms. Hon. Kiat-ong is also the Co-Chairperson on Committee on Laws, Provincial Properties and Equipment, Committee on Barangay Affairs and Committee on Indigenous Peoples. He is also the representative of the legislative body to the Peace and Order Council. BM Kiat-ong's better-half was the late Antonia Falao-ed and were blessed with 12 children-all of whom excelled in their respective field of endeavors.

District 1 Board Member Carino Saggid Tamang is born in the eastern municipality of Natonin and was raised in Paracelis where he finished his elementary and secondary education. He finished his course, B.S. in Animal Science at the Nueva Viscaya State Institute of Technology, Nueva Viscaya. He is happily married to Emma Fagyan Tamiing of Lanao, Bontoc and are blessed with four children. Tamang started his political career as Barangay Captain of Poblacion, Paracelis from 1997 to 2002. He later opted to run as a Sagguniang Bayan in the 2004 elections and was among those selected to serve the people of his town. He later ran as a Sangguniang Panlalawigan for District 1 and landed an SP provincial post during the 2007 election. His good performance as a public servant was evidenced by him winning his reelection bid in the 2010 elections. However, he lost when he ran for reelection in 2013. A politician at heart, he did not lethis loss deter his political bid. In the May 2016 elections, he again ran and this time, hewon. Tamang is currently the Chairman on Committee on Health, Sanitation and Social Services. He Co-chaired the Committee on Budget Appropriations, Public Works, Highways and Infrastructures, as well the Committee on Women, Senior Citizens, Differently-abled and Family Relations. He is also the Sangguniang Panlalawigan representative to the Provincial Health Board.

It was never late for this jolly and approachable Sangguniang Panlalawigan member of District 2 to serve his constituents in Mountain Province despite starting his political career at the age of 62. Born on October 15, 1942 in a simple village of Banao, Bauko, Honorable Romeo Mangawili Pagedped had his own struggles, overcoming hardships and many challenges during his youth. One time, he shared his personal story to beneficiaries of the Mountain Province Student Financial Assistance Program (MPSFAP), an inspiring story of a student when he used to hike kilometers of foot trail to go to school every day until he graduated at the Banao Elementary School in 1965. He finished his high school in Lepanto National High School in 1970. While enrolled at Baguio Colleges Foundation (BCF) now University of the Cordilleras (UC) in 1972, he did odd jobs to support his school needs until he finished his Secretarial course in 1974. His being down- to-earth and innate sociable nature landed him a spot in the Sangguniang Bayan of Bauko in the May 2004 elections. He was re-elected as councilor for two consecutive terms, in 2007 and 2010. While serving as member of the Sangguniang Bayan in 2007, he was elected as the President of the Provincial Councilor's League, thereby giving him a seat as an Ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan from 2007 to 2010. In the 2013 May elections, he made it to the top four of elected board members for District 2. Now on his second term as a member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of District 2, he currently chairs the Committee on Women, Senior Citizens, Differently-abled and Family Relations and Committee on Laws, Provincial Properties and Equipment, and co-chairs the Committee on Environmental Protection and Tourism. Also, he is a member of the Committee on Budget and Appropriations, Public Works, Highways and Infrastructure; Committee on Health, Sanitation and Social Services; and Committee on Barangay Affairs. Hon. Pagedped is happily married to Felomina Pudsoc and they are blessed with 11 children. When he is not at the office working, he spends some of his time tending his farms.

The honorable Donato Luis Danglose was born and raised in the beautiful town of Sabangan, Mountain Province. Hon. Danglose is married to Felicidad Palsi and are blessed with a child named Kyrene. Before entering politics, he worked as a forester in a private company for one year. He came back to his hometown and began his political career as a councilor of Sabangan from 2001 to 2004. When he assumed office, he served with diligence and distinction- a track record of quality legislation according to his former constituents. He was loved by his people, the E-Sabangans, because he was open to everyone, friendly and kind-hearted. He won in his first attempt to run for mayor of Sabangan in 2007 elections against his three opponents. His running unopposed as mayor in 2010 and winning the seat for mayor in 2013 elections against his five opponents is a manifestation of the trust, confidence, and respect of the E- Sabangan for him because of his consistent good performance and hard work. Being barred by the constitution to run for his fourth consecutive term as mayor, he instead ran as member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of District 2 and won. He now chairs the Committee on Environment Protection and Tourism and co-chairs the Committee on Cooperatives, NGOs, POs and Trade and Industry. He is also a member of various committees to include Committee on Budget and Appropriations, Public Works, Highways and Infrastructure; Committee on Laws, Provincial Properties and Equipment; Committee on Education and Culture; Committee on Human Rights, Civil Defense and Peace and Order; and Committee on Municipal Affairs, Youth Affairs, Sports and Personnel Development. Hon. Danglose finished his elementary and secondary education in Pingad in 1974 and 1978, respectively. He then proceeded to Baguio City where he finished a degree in Bachelor of Science in Forestry at the University of Baguio in 1983. As an aside, Board member Danglose loves to watch Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

District 2 Board Member Salvador Kitele Dalang is the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Chairman on Committee of Agrarian Reform and Representative to the Personnel Selection Board. Dalang entered politics in 2004 as Sangguniang Bayan member in Bauko. He later run as Sangguniang Panlalawigan member and landed a provincial post in the 2007 elections. He proved to be an effective legislator; thus, he won his re-election bid in 2010, a manifestation of competence. He returned and again won an SP provincial post in the 2016 elections after resting after his second term as board member. Dalang was born in Guinzadan, Bauko Mountain Province. He finished elementary at Guinzadan Elementary School in 1962 and went to La Union School of Arts and Trade to finish his secondary education in 1966. He was able to finish an electrical training course in the same school before enrolling at the University of Baguio in 1969. Dalang is married to Paz Sakde, a professor at Benguet State Univeristy. They are blessed with 3 children.


Born October 30, 1942, Mr. Ramon hails from Camatagan, Sabangan, Mountain Province. He is married to Ms. Juanita Galen and they are blessed with five children. Ramon entered politics in 1988 where he was elected as one of the Barangay Councilmen of Barangay Camatagan, Sabangan. His laudable service made a remark not only to his barangay but to his municipality thus paving the way for Ramon to hold the vice-mayoral seat from 1992 to 2004. Aside from his mandate as the IP Representative of the province, Mr. Ramon also works voluntarily as the Lupon Chairman in their barangay. He is also the President of the Municipal Federation of Senior Citizen and the Treasurer of the Provincial Federation of Senior Citizens.

Born October 28, 1973, he is the son of Rodolfo Samidan Sr. and Roda Arinos of Sinto, Bauko, Mountain Province. He finnished his elementary and secondary education in Pines City Educational Center and at University of Baguio respectively. He then took Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation at the Philippine Maritime Institute and graduated in 1998. His political career started in 2010 when he ran as Bauko municipal Councilor. His dedication and perseverance as a public servant gave him teh same seat in the 2013 and 2016 elections. He is now on his third term as SB member.

Paul Fornanit Farong-ey is currently the President of the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) in Mountain Province. He is a former Barangay Secretary of Demang, Sadanga. He ran and won as Barangay Captain of the place during the 2007 barangay elections. He was re-elected in the 2010 barangay elections and became a Sangguniang Bayan member of Sadanga by virtue of his being ABC President. Farong-ey was again re-elected to complete his third term during the 2013 barangay elections and re-elected as ABC President. As ABC president, he now serves ex officio as member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. Farong-ey is a native of Sadanga where he finished his elementary and secondary education. He completed the course Bachelor of Science in Criminology at the University of Baguio in 1997. He is married to Jennifer Ganaden and they were blessed with three children.