Board member Lago dies

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/09 August) First district representative to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Rogelio Lago, former mayor of Baungon town, died of lung illness at 1p.m. Wednesday, sources at the SP told Bukidnon News.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan is yet to release official medical details on his death. He was 56. His remains lie in state at the Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes in Cagayan de Oro City.

Vice Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. cancelled the SP regular session Wednesday to start the mourning for Lago who was remembered by colleagues as a feisty voice and a fiscalizer in many sessions at the provincial board.

He was also known to be a mediator or go-between in the rift between Zubiri and Gov. Alex Calingasan.   He served as Baungon mayor from 1999 to 2007. He was elected board member in May 2007. He was reelected in 2010 to serve a term up to 2013.

Board member Jay Albarece, a colleague from the first district, said Lago asked not to chair any committee in the 11th SP.

But he brought his 20 years of experience as a local government official to the legislative body with his wide exposure to the Local Government Code.

He eventually chaired the committee on transportation and communication and was vice chair of the committee on appropriations, ways, and means. He was also a member of the committees on barangay and local government; law, labor, and manpower development; and environmental protection, according to records at the SP.

Lago is a native of Baungon where he was born on April 18, 1956.

He held a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce from the Liceo de Cagayan University. He studied at the Lingating Elementary School in Baungon and at the Xavier University High School. Prior to his work in government, he was a businessman.

Lago served as municipal councilor of Baungon from 1992 to 1999 prior to election as mayor. (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News)