Mauricio G. Domogan (born October 10, 1946) is a Filipino politician.
A member of the
Lakas Kampi CMD
Lakas Kampi CMD party, he has been elected to three
terms as a Member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines,
representing the Lone District of
Baguio City. He first won election
to Congress in 2001, and was re-elected in 2004 and 2007. Prior to his
election to Congress, Domogan served three terms as mayor of Baguio
City from 1992 to 2001.
He reclaimed his mayoralty post in
Baguio City after winning the 2010
1 Early life and career
2 Councilor and Vice Mayor
3 Mayor (1992–2001)
4 House of Representatives
5 Mayor (2010–present)
7 External links
Early life and career
Born on October 10, 1946 "Morris" is a true Cordilleran who traces his
roots to the remote sitio of Bab-asig, Patiacan, Quirino (formerly
Ilocos Sur and within the boundaries of Besao, Mountain
Province and Tubo, Abra.
Orphaned at an early age, Domogan and his sister Juana struggled to
survive and overcome the hardship and many challenges during his
youth. He hiked barefoot a two-kilometer trail to go to school
everyday until he graduated at the Patiacan Elementary School in 1961.
He did odd jobs at the Lepanto, Mankayan, Benguet. He became a
rondalla band member, a utility aide and janitor to support himself in
college. He finished Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of
Baguio Tech) in 1969 and Bachelor of Laws at the
University of Cordilleras (formerly
Baguio Colleges Foundation) in
1973. Remembered by his law professors as the student with a "splendid
memory", Morris took and passed the Bar Examinations given in the same
year of his graduation.
As a new lawyer, Atty. Mauricio G. Domogan embarked upon building a
strong foundation in his law practice by working in defense of the
rights of laborers. He worked as counsel for employees unions, such as
the Lepanto Employees Union, the BPI Employees Union, the Baguio
Country Club Employees Union, the Hyatt Terraces Employees Union, the
Associated Labor Union, and the Pines Hotel Labor Union, among others.
He rendered services as legal counsel to traders in the city market
through the Domogan Law Office which he established.
Councilor and Vice Mayor
Morris began his political career as a councilor of the City of Baguio
from 1988 to 1992. Impressed by his humility, honesty, and genuine
service, the people of
Baguio elected him vice mayor in May 1992. But
as destiny willed it, he never served as vice mayor. It is because 15
minutes after taking his oath as vice mayor, he took his oath as
acting mayor. He served as acting mayor from July 1, 1992 to October
24, 1992, when he assumed as the real city mayor by virtue of the
disqualification of then elected mayor Jun Labo, who was disqualified
by the Supreme Court due to his being an Australian citizen.
Domogan’s first term was marked by the start of the Herculean task
of rehabilitating the city after the July 16, 1990 earthquake in
cooperation with then Congressman Bernardo Vergara, the other city
officials, city residents, and national leadership. Massive
reconstructions of the city roads, buildings and other infrastructures
continued during his second and third terms. These included the
modernization of Marcos Hi-way, the Baguio-Tuba-Itogon-Sablan-La
Trinidad (BLIST) circumferential road, and Naguilian Road, the repair,
rerouting, declogging and construction of the drainage system of the
City Camp Lagoon, among others. In addition, Mayor Domogan
orchestrated the twin drive of cleaning and greening the city, making
it the "Cleanest and Greenest Highly Urbanized City" in the country
for three consecutive years, elevating the city to the Hall of Fame
Award category with a total monetary award of 5 million pesos, which
was used to purchase garbage trucks. Moreover, Mayor Domogan was able
to lead the city in garnering the highest award that the national
government could bestow to a local government unit, namely, the GAWAD
PAMANA NG LAHI AWARD for two consecutive years, thereby elevating the
city, once again, to the Hall of Fame Award category
Some of the significant awards received by Mayor Domogan are the
LINGKOD BAYAN AWARD which was personally presented to him by President
Fidel V. Ramos
Fidel V. Ramos on the occasion of the 95th Anniversary of the
Philippine Civil Service on September 1995;
MOST COOPERATIVE LOCAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE AWARD from the National Meat
Inspection Service, Region I, Agoo, La Union on October 9, 1995.
LIKAS YAMAN AWARD from the DENR-CAR, June 5, 1995;
SPECIAL KALAKBAY AWARD from the Department of Tourism, September 27,
SELECT OUTSTANDING INDIGENOUS LEADER(SOIL) of the Philippines-
Cordillera Administrative Region, February 26, 1996;
In 1998, he was awarded a DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE, Honoris Causa
by the University of
Baguio in recognition of his GOOD GOVERNANCE OF
THE CITY OF BAGUIO.
House of Representatives
Domogan in 2005.
Being barred by the constitution to run for his fourth consecutive
term as mayor, he instead ran as congressman for the Lone District of
Baguio City in 1998.
During the 12th Congress, Congressman Domogan was able to file twenty
(20) bills as main author and fifty (50) bills as co-author. Eleven of
these bills have become laws of the land (Republic Acts). part of his
Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), was devoted to programmed
projects benefiting his constituents in the Barangays, public schools,
poor but deserving students, indigent patients, livelihood projects,
and computerization program on a continuing basis for elementary and
high school of
Knowing the problems of the City during the rainy months, he
prioritized the dredging, revitalization and construction of the
drainage system in the central business district, thus effectively
solving the age-old problem of flooding at the foot of Session Road as
well as the rehabilitation and repair of the biggest drainage system
of the City from the Athletic Swimming Pool to the Rabbit Sink Hole.
Cognizant of the City as a tourists destination, he campaigned to
entice more visitors to come to
Baguio City. He Supported the Baguio
City Police Office in its security concerns to provide a safe haven to
tourists in the City. He provided the impetus to successful
tourists-oriented activities such as the Panagbenga Flower Festival,
Salad Bowl Festival, and the Summer Vacation Activities.
Because of his consistent good performance and hard work during his
1st year in Congress, he was recognized and awarded as one of the 2001
Ten Outstanding Neophyte Congressman by the Congress Magazine, Berhad
Holding Investment, Reserved Soldiers Union, and Makati Graduate
School. The same award was given to him in 2002 and 2003 as one of the
Ten (10) Most Outstanding Congressmen.
His 100% attendance as certified by the office of the Secretary
General capped his performance during the 12th Congress.
During his 13th Congress, Congressman Domogan was appointed and served
as a worthy member of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal.
He was also Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Constitutional
Amendments, and member of eleven (11) other committees.
Like his single-minded effort to rebuild a better
Baguio from the
rubble after the earthquake when he was
Mayor of Baguio
Mayor of Baguio City, as
Congressman, he has painstakingly drafted a bill that will update and
upgrade the old charter of the City of Baguio. He has introduced House
Bill No. 3617, An act Revising the Charter of the City of Baguio,
currently with the Committee on Appropriations of the House of
As in the 12th Congress, Congressman Domogan continued to be very
productive in legislation, authoring and co-authoring numerous bills,
actively participating and supporting House of Representatives
resolutions and delivering timely privileged speeches on subject
matters specifically affecting his constituents and generally those of
his region and the Filipino people as a whole. In 2006 for instance,
he called attention to the skyrocketing prices of cement and urged for
the conduct of an investigation in aid of legislation on the matter.
He also denounced the unfair advertisement in the internet that
insidiously identified the threatening virus of meningococcemia with
the Lions head at Kennon Road and the world-famous Banawe Rice
Terraces as backgrounds of the ad of Global Vaccine Express published
in Philippine Star, page 10, April 2, 2006.
Congressman Domogan continues to practice transparency in allocation
and utilization of his CDF/PDAF which is used to fund priority
projects identified by the barangays, the City Development Council,
Baguio City District Engineering Office, DPWH to supplement and
complement the funds of the City Government for information technology
equipment and other multi-media paraphernalia, livelihood projects,
medical assistance to local government units, among others; and HARD
projects which include construction, rehabilitation or completion of
roads, bridges, multi¬purpose buildings, school houses, drainages,
He has also gone out of his way to look for and get funding from other
sources to augment and support the City's development projects.
With this impressive performance and track record, it is not
surprising that Tongressman Domogan has continued to reap awards, such
as the following:
The Most Outstanding Congressman Award from the Metropolitan Press and
radio TV Club of the Philippines, Inc. given in 2004;
He was also given recognition as 2004 Congressional Hall of Fame
Awardee for having been repeatedly proclaimed Most Consistent
Outstanding Congressman for Four (4) consecutive years by the Congress
In 2006, Congressman Domogan was installed into the EMERITUS
CONGRESSIONAL HONOR for having been adjudged MOST OUTSTANDING
CONGRESSMAN for five (5) consecutive years.
In May 2007 he was again re-elected as Congressman for the Lone
Baguio City and his Committee Memberships, are as follows:
House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal – House Contingent Head;
Vice-Chairman – Committee on Justice; Committee on Youth and
Member – Committee on Appropriations; Committee on Suffrage and
Electoral Reforms; Committee on Local Government; Committee on
Constitutional Amendments; Committee on Public Works and Highways;
Committee on Good Government; Committee on Ethics and Privileges.
Special Committees: Northwest Luzon Quadrangle Bases Conversion
On February 3, 2009, the Province of Ilocos Sur, his home Province,
bestowed him the Fr. Jose Burgos Achievement Award for Public Service
due to the enumerated achievements. This is the latest prestigious
award he received.
Being barred by the constitution to run for a fourth consecutive term
in the Congress, he decided to reclaim his post as Mayor of Baguio
City for the 2010 election. He successfully reclaimed such post.
"Member Information: Mauricio G. Domogan". House of Representatives of
the Philippines. Retrieved March 5, 2008.
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