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Profile: Max Dalog of Mountain Province

Congressman Maximo B. Dalog Sr

Maximo “Max” Badecao Dalog Sr. is a Filipino politician from Mountain Province which has a slogan “Gawis ay Mountain Province” (“good Mountain Province”). He is the current Congressman of the province, and he is vying for a second term this May 13, 2013 Elections.

Earlier Life

Maximo Dalog Sr. was born on October 1946 in Bila, Bauko, Mountain Province . He is the second, among seven children. He is married to Cecilia Yawan of Bontoc, Mountain Province, whom he met while teaching at Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (Mountain Province College then). The two have six children.

Dalog took his primary education at the Bila Sacred Heart School and finished elementary at Otucan Elementary School. He enrolled at the Holy Rosary High School in Kayan, Tadian,   also in Mountain Province. He graduated salutatorian and received the Best in Religion award.

Dalog went to Baguio City to take up Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education at the Roman Catholic-run school Saint Louis University. He finished the degree in 1867 as a Study Now Pay Later Plan grantee.

After graduating from college, he was employed at the Saint Louis University Boy’s High School. He then moved to Baguio City High School in 1971. While teaching, he enrolled Bachelor of Laws at SLU and was able to win a scholarship which he enjoyed until he finished the degree. 

He graduated Law in 1973, took the Bar examination and successfully passed. He signed the Roll of Attorneys on June 20, 1973 (Roll No. 25327).

Dalog became an educator-lawyer when he went back to his home province. He became a part-time instructor at MPSPC where he met the apple of his eyes. He was a trial lawyer from 1974 until 1980, and again from 1998 to 2004.

Political Career

Maximo Dalog’s political career started when he won a Board Member seat in Mountain Province in 1980. He was a Board Member of the province until 1987. In 1992, he ran for Governor and won. He was re-elected in 1995.

During his administration, Mountain Province received awards as the Cleanest and Greenest Province and the Best Peace and Order Council. The slogan “Gawis ay Mountain Province” slogan also became popular among his constituents. After his term in 1998, he went back to his legal profession.

In 2004, Dalog made a dramatic come back when he regained his old seat as the chief executive of the province. He was appointed to chair the Regional Development Council of the Cordillera region by then President Gloria-Macapagal Arroyo.

Among his works deal with the North Luzon Growth Quadrangle, National Cultural Communities, tourist, basic education and culture, higher and technical education, public works and high ways and reforestation.

His political agenda always concentrate on his PRESTIGE platform.  PRESTIGE stands for Peace and order; Reliable-responsive-efficient-and-effective-leadership; Education-Culture-and-Sports; Social-services-health-and-sanitation; Treasury-and-finance; Infrastructure-tourism-and-enhancement-of-commerce-and-industry; Good governance; and Ecology-and-agriculture-development. 

In 2010, Dalog won as Congressman of Mountain Province against three rivals: former Bontoc mayor Frank Odsey, former Sabangan mayor Jupiter Dominguez and former Sagada mayor Thomas Killip. 

One of Dalog's legacies is the Lang-ay Festival, the grand provincial gathering of the tribes of Mountain Province during Aprils. The festival was launched in 2005. 

Christian is a Marketing Communications practitioner in Quezon City. He is an Igorot from Sagada, Mountain Province. To get in touch with him, please shoot an email to christianaligonow@gmail.com.


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