A visionary, courageous yet compassionate leader, that is how Governor Imelda Quibranza Dimaporo is known by her constituents. Fondly called Governor Angging, she is the youngest of the nine daughters of former Governor Arsenio “Arsing” Arcelo Quibranza and Teofila Dela Cruz Quibranza. Governor Angging is married to the former 2nd District Representative of the Province, Hon. Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo. Fondly called Cong Bobby, he is the son of former Congressman Mohamad Ali Dimaporo, a prominent Muslim family. Hailing from a devout Christian family, Gov Angging’s marriage to Cong Bobby epitomizes a love beyond boundaries unfazed by the long history of conflicts between their respective culture and religion. The couple is blessed with five talented and intelligent children who are also active in public service. While in the business of serving the people, Gov Angging manages to be the best mother she can be by instilling in their children the values of selflessness and servant leadership. The union of Governor Angging and Cong. Dimaporo paved the way for the peaceful coexistence of the people of Lanao del Norte despite the diversity in culture and beliefs.
Governor Angging graduated with a degree in Business Management from the Philippine Women’s University. Before her successful political career, Governor Angging served as the President of Lanao del Norte Ladies Circle and the Leader of GSP- Lanao del Norte Chapter. She became the first female Governor of Lanao del Norte in 1998 and became the Chairperson of the Regional League of Provinces in the same year. In 2001, heeding the people’s request, Governor Angging was re-elected as Provincial Governor and was chosen as the Chairperson of the Regional Development Council XII. The Province of Lanao del Norte was then administratively part of Region XII. But with the strong representation of Governor Angging, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed Executive Order No. 36 s. 2001. Under this EO, Lanao del Norte became part of Northern Mindanao Region or Region X. Governor Angging also served as Congresswoman of the 1st District in 2010 and got re-elected in 2013. After her term, she decided to run again as Governor in the 2016 national election. With her great desire to make Lanao del Norte known throughout the Philippines, the Provincial Government was able to bring the province into the limelight with full media coverage, through the hosting of the First Mindanao Friendship Games on 2001 and the 2003 Palarong Pambansa at the Mindanao Civic Center – a state of the art integrated complex that has trade center, gymnasium, swimming pool, hotel, cafeteria, oval and sports facilities and a stadium.
Governor Angging also continued to find ways for more sustainable development with the province’s infrastructures. With the concept introduced by his father, the late Governor Arsenio, and with the help of Cong. Dimaporo, Governor Angging fought for the realization of a Panguil Bay bridge (PBB)that will connect Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental. The Provincial Government spent for the pre-feasibility study and lobbied support to various agency for over a decade for the realization of this bridge. Under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, with his “Build, Build, Build Program”, the long-time dream of the people is coming to reality. With the length of 3.2 km, the PBB is the longest bridge in Mindanao and will be soon to finish on December 2023. Aside from bridging the gap of cultural differences, PBB will also serve as the door of new investments and opportunities for Northern Mindanao.
Under her leadership, the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte (PGLDN) received various awards and citations recognizing its efforts and actions for development and change. Under its banner service delivery mechanism, the Especial Mass Based Program or EMBP, hundreds of individuals received front-line services. EMBP, dubbed as the “Alagang Angging”, is the brainchild of Governor Angging. The program is effective in bringing government services closer to the people. As a staunch advocate of long-lasting peace and development, Governor Angging also facilitated the resolution of several “rido” in the province. Numerous unity programs were stabilized for peace and order conditions in the area over the years.
Now in her third and last term as the Provincial Governor, Governor Angging sought to continue her marks on the following development thrusts: Economic Expansion in Agri- Fisheries and Eco-Cultural tourism; Equitable Access to Education, Health, and Social Services; Sustainable Peace, Public Order, and Safety; Preservation of Environmentally Critical Eco-System; and Efficient People-Centered Governance. To be effective, Governor Angging will continue to work hand in hand with municipal governments, national line agencies, and the rest of the province’s development partners.
The new mandate gives Governor Angging the opportunity to sustain her efforts to improve the well-being of her constituents and enliven their spirits to work together to make the province of Lanao del Norte truly, “The Land of Beauty and Bounty”.