Teddy Baguilat 


Teodoro “Teddy” Brawner Baguilat Jr. is a Filipino politician from Ifugao, the home of the famous Banaue Rice Terraces. Baguilat is the current Congressman of Ifugao, and a former mayor of Kiangan. He currently lives at Poblacion, Kiangan. He is known as a leading advocate of biodiversity conservation.

Earlier Life

Teodoro Bagulat Jr. was born on July 1966 in Manila. His parents were Teodoro Baguilat, Sr. and Felisa Brawner- Baguilat. He has five siblings.

Baguilat finished his secondary education at Saint Joseph School in Kiangan, then took up Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication major in Journalism at the University of the Philippines- Diliman in Quezon City.

In 1987, Baguilat worked as an Executive Assistant at the Office of the Undersecretary of Operation at the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR). 

He then became a researcher for a GMA 7 talk show titled “Viewpoint” in 1988. 

He also reported for and edited People’s News Service, part of the media communications group of the Partido Demokratika Sosyalista ng Pilipino. 

He then transformed into an advocacy reporter for Lingkod Tao- Kalikasan in 1898 and even worked as an Executive Assistant at the Philippine Ecological Network in 1990.

Political Career

In 1992, Teodoro Baguilat Jr, started his triumphant political career when he won a seat at the Kiangan municipal council. He then ran for Mayor in 1995 and won. He was a three-term mayor, from 1995 to 2001 of his home town.

In 2004, he was elected Governor of Ifugao. As the governor of the province, her served as President of the Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement (SITMO), a non-government organization dealing with development programs on natural resources, indigenous people knowledge, renewable energy, organic agriculture and other programs for the Ifugao people.

In 2005, he served as a knowledge manager for the City Development Strategies (CDS), a World Bank Technical Assistance program. He served as a Local Government Unit specialist for the USAID’s Lead for Health Project (2006) and the Department of Health policy unit (2007). 

In May 17, 2007, he was re-elected as Governor of his province. He founded the Pamhod Hi Biah Foundation, a social welfare and educational foundation in Ifugao. He worked for the Ifugao Heritage Site and participated in various international conferences for the World Heritage Site in France and in Japan.

In 2010, Baguilat was elected Congressman of Ifugao.

In April 14, 2012, Baguilat was reported to have condemned the forcing of Indigenous Peoples in Nueva Ecija, Capiz, Panay and Iloilo to leave their ancestral lands that are declared as military reservations. In the same month, he also expressed that he was mourning over the death of soldiers attacked by New People’s Army members in Tinoc, Ifugao.

Recently, he has urged Malacanang to release an amount of P20M to be used for the rehabilitation of the rice terraces that were destroyed by Typhoons Pedring and Quiel.

Recognitions

1996- Dangal ng Bayan Award from the Commission on Civil Service
1996- Most Outstanding Mayor from the Baguio Midland Courier