Governor Susan A. Yap came from a family of public servants who have dedicated their many years to the common objective of uplifting the lives of their constituents. Known for her distinguished career in public service and inspired by the passion to serve by her late father, Jose A. Yap, Governor Susan, as she is popularly known, has long sought and aimed to contribute to the development of Tarlac, its people, and the society at large.
Motivated to establish a province that has a progressive, sustainable and inclusive economy, Governor Yap seeks to empower the Tarlaqueños through livelihood programs that provide alternative sources of income to the traditional agricultural-based.
Under Gov. Susan’s leadership, the Provincial Government of Tarlac became a consistent awardee of the Seal of Good Local Governance since 2013. It has won awards such as the Best Public Employment Service Office for the last three years, the National Gawad Kalasag Award for the exemplary performance of the Tarlac Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council’s Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team/Emergency Medical Services (DART/EMS); and the National Kabalikat Award for the province’s contribution in advancing Technical Vocational Education and Training.
Governor Yap’s style of leadership is built on the foundation of people’s participation, good governance, responsible leadership, and sustainable development. She is a staunch advocate of food security, health security, environmental protection, and children’s rights, among others. As the Representative of the Second District of Tarlac for two consecutive terms from 2010 to 2016, Governor Yap was one of the most productive members of the House of Representatives, having authored and co-authored 63 laws including important laws on the protection of children such as the Children in Emergencies Protection and Relief Act, Children’s Safety in Motorcycles Act, Foster Care Act, and other laws crucial to curbing cybercrime and promoting data privacy, including the Creation of the Department of Information and Communications Technology.
In her never-ending work to make Tarlac a progressive province and one of the country’s and world’s best province, Gov. Susan has always believed that the greatest and most important asset of Tarlac is its people. Thus, Gov. Susan is and has always been committed towards ensuring the growth of all aspects of life of the people she swore to serve, be it social, psychological, or economical.