Ex-Davao representative Nonoy Garcia dies

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

FORMER Davao City representative Manuel "Nonoy" Garcia (2nd District) passed away Thursday morning, July 31, at Rufino Cardinal Santos Hospital in Mandaluyong City due to heart attack.

Davao leaders remember Garcia, 82, as one of Davao politicians who devoted his life to public service.

Former Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said she remembers Garcia as "a man who knew his strengths and weaknesses and used it wisely for his political endeavors."


"[He is] a leader with honor and heart," Duterte-Carpio said.

Councilor Diosdado Mahipus said, "He is to be remembered as one of the political survivors of the Marcos regime that held power even after the Edsa Revolution."

"He is a great loss to the city of Davao. If you talk about humility, he is a perfect example. He is humility personified. He does not throw his weight around despite the position he occupied," said City administrator Melchor Quitain.

Garcia is the fifth child of former Davao City Mayor (1946-48) Leon Aquino Garcia of Tanauan, Batangas and Milagros Suazo Monteverde of Davao.

He studied at Davao City High School, Ateneo de Manila (A.B. Literature, L.L.B) and Columbia University (Master of Laws).

He practiced law in Manila from 1955-1963, and in Davao from 1963, onwards.

Through a long socio-civic and political career, he became president of the following organizations: Hijos de Davao, Davao Jaycees Senate, Rotary Club of Davao (Mother Club), Davao Chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), Davao Cocofed Chapter, and the Davao City Chamber of Commerce; he was Governor of the IBP, Davao Region Chapter.

He was elected Davao City Councilor in 1967, Assemblyman for Davao Region in the Interim Batasang Pambansa in 1978, member of Parliament in 1984, and Congressman in the Philippine Congress in 1992, 1995 and 1998. He served as deputy justice minister in 1985.

As a public official, his wide-ranging contributions to Davao City included: the P4.9 billion reconstruction and expansion of the Davao International Airport; the network of concrete roads, as well as two fly-overs (in Buhangin Proper and Agdao), one underpass (in Buhangin Proper), and three bridges that interconnect the 2nd district and the city, providing entry to areas in paquibato and Buhangin previously accessible only with much difficulty; the provision of water systems and wells in Bunawan and Buhangin Districts; the construction of flood control projects in Mandug, agro-industrial center of the 2nd district, and water drainage systems and canals in Buhangin and Agdao; promotion of sports among the youth through basketball courts, boxing facilities, and a judo gym, to distract them form drug use.

After his three terms, his son Former Vincent J. Garcia replaced him and became 2nd district representative in 2001-2004, 2004-2007 and 2007-2010.
Presently, Manuel's daughter Mylene J. Garcia-Albano is the incumbent representative of the district. She has served since 2010. (With SAE)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 01, 2014.

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