Will Ramil Gentugaya be the next Comval Governor?

mar 13-19, 2014

In 2010 one humbly bowed down for the sake of party unity. And that unity spreads and galvanizes a political party. He is Ramil Gentugaya, board member now for first term and former vice governor of Compostela Valley Province for three terms.

Politics is such an essential ingredient in the life of a community or a nation, and it’s grinding daily to influence policies, people and places. Perhaps this is why a political teapot is percolating early now in Comval.


Board Member Ramil Gentugaya: Aiming for 2016 governorship

Board Member Ramil Gentugaya: Aiming for 2016 governorship

Thus, among political circles now, the name Ramil Gentugaya rings a bell- he is an upbeat gubernatorial wannabe.

But, will he be the next- the 3rd Comval governor?

The province was separated from the once big Davao del Norte in 1998. Regularly elected governor were first, Gov. Jose “Joecab” Caballero, who had 3 terms, then followed by Gov. Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy, who would be graduating his third and last term by 2016.
Last January Gov. Uy announced he would be running as the vice governor of Board Member (BM) Ramil in 2016 polls.

If destiny would smile at BM Ramil, he would succeed an ally governor.

Throwback: Close before the electoral hustings of 2010 polls, Ramil, then in his second term as vice governor with Uy as first-termer governor, made his intention to take the crack for the District 1 congressional post held by then last-termer Congressman Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora (now the vice governor).

By that time, the Uswag Comval Party (UCP) was already on its early formation with alliances of the governor, two congressmen and almost all mayors and barangay officials in the province.

But then Board Member Maricar Zamora also vied for the position that would be vacated by her father.
Battle-pitch negotiations and positioning ensued, as Ramil was prepared to do an electoral battle for the congressional post that was considered vacant.

But BM Ramil in the end decided to run for re-election for party unity’s sake as continuing to run for Congress would break and tear apart the phenomenal unity of leaders of the new Uswag Comval Party (UCP).

It can be said that the UCP could not be what it is now as a powerhouse united political aggrupation without the sacrifice made by Gentugaya.

In 2013 polls, facing a term limit, he further slid down to run for board member. He handily emerged Top 1 in the winning circle’s list.
Demarcated by that 2013 polls, Ramil had already fought and won 9 elections since he ran in the barangay post as a Sangguniang Kabataan chairman in poblacion Monkayo. From the barangay, he ran and won in the municipal level then in the provincial level SK elections in the then undivided 22-town Davao del Norte province.

By his beginnings alone, who says now- he is still young and not capable not to be a governor?
Ramil is 38 years old. The prime of his youth and young-to-mid adulthood was eaten up by his long record of public service in elective post- for 18 years now.

He’s been an elected official- without rest, without cuts, without interruptions, without defeats. He continued to labour and wait.
Ramil was a handover provincial official from the very start when Compostela Valley was given birth by its historic provincehood in March 8, 1998.

He was the Sangguniang Kabataan federation president carried over to compose the first set of officials for the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the newly-created province.

He was the SK federation president of the erstwhile undivided Davao del Norte from 1996 to 1998. From 1996 until 2001, he was the SK regional director, winning votes from SK provincial presidents in the Davao Region.

When the first election came when Comval was already a province, he ran for regular board member in the first district and won, serving from 2001 to 2004, He was the youngest board member at the age of 25.

By 2004 polls, after serving one term as board member, he ran and won as vice governor. By then he was the youngest vice governor in the country at the age of 28. And he was reelected in 2007 and 2013 polls.

When Gentugaya served as the vice governor, he steered well the sessions of the provincial board which led to landmark legislations which included the children’s code, environment code, amended revenue code and provincial investment code.

He was instrumental in the installation of the electronic legislative tracking system at the SP office and implemented the paperless sessions at the SP.

After graduating his last term as vice governor, he settled to run for board member in the recent 2013 polls, again without challenging the peace and unity of the UCP.

“Dili siya hilabtanon ug samokan,” quipped a colleague board member.

Again, BM Ramil now just continue to labour and wait, serving his constituents.

Aside from being a politician, BM Ramil is an entrepreneur, conditioned by the business environment of his family. His father Rizal Gentugaya, a civil engineer and a former mayor of Monkayo, and his mother Rose Lao Gentugaya successfully developed their rice trading and milling business for over 50 years.

BM Ramil manages his cavendish banana plantation in Monkayo.

When typhoon Pablo struck Comval, almost putting to death his plantation, entrepreneur as he is, BM Ramil just let the crisis pass and pursued rehabilitation, and with a dogged determination managed to rebuild his plantation. Recently, he has his first post-typhoon harvest already.

“With the Almighty’s blessing, slowly we were able to rebuild the farm,” he quipped in a brief interview recently.

He’s a family man now. It was during his 2nd term as vice governor when he got married to Joanna Aileen Ang, a lass from Davao City. They have two children now- Anjelika Rose, 4 years old, and Annika Ysobelle, 10 months.

Now, on the threshold of moving to attain his highest aspiration, BM Ramil looks up with foresight and optimism in showing his constituents what he is made of and is capable of doing backed by his sterling performance for the past 18 years. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)


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