Lobregat cites new DILG chief’s track records PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 July 2016 14:12

Congressman Celso Lobregat welcomes the appointment by President Duterte of Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael “Mike” Sueño replacing Rene Sarmiento.

Lobregat joined other congressmen as well as governors and mayors in the installation of Secretary Sueño last July 4, 2016 at the DILG office.

The ceremony was described as simple but meaningful, because for the new secretary, it is a mere renewal of his vow in public service as a former public official who is back not only to serve his province but the entire country as well.

“I am wishing Secretary Sueño the best of luck in his present designation. He is well versed in local politics and being a veteran, I know he will not find it a hard in managing the affairs of the LGUs in the entire country,” Lobregat said.

Prior to his appointment, Secretary Sueño was an active member and former national chairman of PDP-Laban. He served as governor of South Cotabato during the time of the late President Corazon Aquino.

Sueño was elected municipal mayor of Koronadal in 1980 during the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos. In 1986 following the People Power Revolution, he was appointed by President Corazon Aquino as officer-in-charge (OIC) governor of the province of South Cotabato. He then served a full term as provincial governor from 1988 to 1992. During his term as governor, he pursued several environmental and reforestation programs integrated with livelihood projects. He imposed a total logging ban in the province and also helped organize and strengthen local cooperatives.

In 1997, Sueño was appointed to the Southern Philippine Council for Peace and Development (SPCPD) Consultative Assembly by President Fidel Ramos. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Vice President and running mate of Emilio Osmeña in the Probinsya Muna Development Initiative (PROMDI) ticket in the 1998 presidential election.

Sueño ran for congressman of South Cotabato’s 2nd District in 2001 but lost to Arthur Y. Pingoy, Jr. In 2007. He made another unsuccessful bid for Vice Governor of the province under the administration party.

Sueño was born and raised in Koronadal, then known as Marbel, in the former undivided Province of Cotabato. He obtained his associate degree in Arts from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Seminary in Marbel in 1964. He then pursued his bachelor of arts degree in Philosophy from the Regional Major Seminary. – Dexter Yap