Nancy Catamco is a Filipino politician. She is the current governor of Cotabato Province in Mindanao. Previously, she was the congresswoman representing the second legislative district of Cotabato Province, a post she held for nine years from 2010 to 2019.
In the May 13, 2019 election, she ran under the ruling PDP-Laban party and defeated Rogelio Taliño of the Nacionalista Party (NP) and independent candidates Abdulbassit Dilangalen and Manuel Adajar.
Complete Name –> Nancy Alaan Catamco
Nickname –> Nancy
Birth Date –> June 19, 1969 (age 50)
* Nancy is considered the first Lumad to become governor and the third woman governor of Cotabato.
2019-Present – Governor, Cotabato
2010-2019 – Congresswoman, 2nd District of Cotabato
Achievements as a Congresswoman
Nancy filed several bills in congress such as
1. Amendment to Republic Act No. 8371, otherwise known as “The Indigenous Peoples Rights Act” to extend the period for Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples to exercise the option to secure Certificates of Title to their ancestral lands
2. Creation of a Department Of Indigenous Peoples
3. Establishment of an Indigenous Training Center in Kidapawan City
4. Mandating the inclusion of Ingigenous Culture Education in the curricula of schools in all levels in the country
5. Anti-Dynasty Bill
Nancy Catamco was chair of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Indigenous Cultural Communities and Indigenous Peoples Peoples in the 16th Congress (2013-2016). She held the position of vice chair in the Committees on Local Government, Mindanao Affairs, and Sustainable Development Goals in the 17th Congress (2016 – 2019).
* Participatory Governance
Scandals and Controversies
In 2015, Nancy and several other officials were charged of “usurpation of authority or official function, physical injuries inflicted in a tumultuous affray, serious physical injuries, qualified trespass to dwelling, grave threats, grave coercion, malicious mischief” before the Office of the Ombudsman arising from the failed attempt to rescue several hundreds of Manobos who were allegedly “held against their will” in a compound of the United Church of Christ in Davao City. The case was dismissed for lack of evidence.
On July 4, 2019, the Supreme Court upheld the suspension of Nancy Catamco due to the reported anomalous purchased of ₱5 million worth of liquid fertilizer in 2004.
See also: Famous People from Cotabato Province