Atty. Francisco “Lalo” Tinio Matugas was elected as Provincial Governor last 1992 and served three consecutive terms. He was re-elected into office as the Congressman of First District of Surigao del Norte and served another straight three terms from 2007 to 2016. Now, he is serving his first term of office as Provincial Governor once again after winning the 2019 gubernatorial race.
He was born on May 10, 1942 in Dapa (Siargao Island) and resides in General Luna, one of the famous surfing destinations in the country and considered 8th in the World.
He continued and expanded the HEALS Plus banner program of his wife, Former Governor Sol Forcadilla Matugas. H.E.A.L.S. stands for Health, Environment & Education, Agriculture & Aquaculture, Livelihood, Social Services & Spiritual Enhancement, as the flagship programs, now anchored on the core values of Relevance, Optimism, Accountability, Discipline and Synergy (ROADS).
A man with a great vision for the province, a strong believer and staunch advocated of Ang Bag-ong Surigao: “God-centered, empowered, globally competitive, united and resilient Surigaonons, inspired by ethical and responsive leadership.”
He is the better half of Dr. Sol F. Matugas and the father of Congressman Francisco Jose F. Matugas II of the First District of Surigao del Norte.