Benguet, a province known for its natural beauty and vibrant culture, is in mourning as it bids farewell to a true hero. Nestor Bagtang Fongwan Sr., affectionately known as the "Action Man" of Benguet, and a prominent figure in Philippine politics, has left an indelible mark on the hearts of the people he served.
A Farewell to a Beloved Leader
Nestor Fongwan Jr., the son of the late congressman, announced the passing of his father, who peacefully left this world on a Wednesday night at 10:42 p.m. Nestor Bagtang Fongwan Sr. was 68 years old when he bid his final goodbye.
In a heartfelt Facebook post, Nestor Fongwan Jr. shared that his father's remains would be brought to Guadayan, Puguis in La Trinidad. The arrival was expected to be before sunrise, allowing the people of Benguet to pay their respects to the man who had dedicated his life to serving them.
The Fongwan family has not yet released an official statement detailing the congressman's passing. However, it is known that Rep. Fongwan had been battling serious health complications and had been receiving medical care for an extended period.
A Legacy of Service
Nestor Bagtang Fongwan Sr.'s political journey was marked by an unwavering commitment to his constituents. His remarkable career included serving as Benguet governor from 2007 to 2016. He made a triumphant return to politics in the May 2019 elections, securing a seat in the House of Representatives by defeating Kieth Thorrsson and Materno Luspian in the May midterm elections.
Fongwan Sr. was no stranger to leadership, having also served as the mayor of Benguet's capital town, La Trinidad, from 1995 to 2001 and again from 2004 to 2007. His early political career included roles as municipal vice mayor from 1992 to 1995 and councilor from 1988 to 1992.
Throughout his over 30 years in politics, Fongwan Sr. earned the moniker of Benguet's "Action Man" due to his rapid response during disasters. Under his leadership, Benguet flourished and received numerous honors and assurances.
Honoring His Contributions
Nestor Bagtang Fongwan Sr.'s legacy includes numerous achievements that have left an indelible mark on Benguet. He was instrumental in the construction of the Benguet Sports Complex, an 8,000-capacity gym, and the new Benguet Capitol building. He also oversaw the rehabilitation of essential farm-to-market roads, benefiting local farmers and improving their livelihoods.
Fongwan Sr. had a deep commitment to advocacy, particularly in support of senior citizens, students, impoverished patients, and, most notably, farmers. His dedication to the well-being of his constituents has left an enduring impact that will be cherished for generations to come.
Born on June 12, 1951, Benguet Congressman Nestor Bagtang Fongwan Sr. has left an indomitable legacy of service and dedication.
Update: Kidney Disease Claims the "Action Man" of Benguet
The cause of the passing of Benguet Representative Nestor Bagtang Fongwan Sr. has been confirmed as kidney disease. Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas made this announcement, revealing that the congressman had sought treatment at the National Kidney Institute in Quezon City.
Nestor Fongwan Jr., a devoted son and board member, has ensured that his father's remains have been taken to Guadayan, Puguis, La Trinidad, Benguet.
Governor Diclas further expressed the province's intent to honor the heroism and accomplishments of the late congressman, particularly his significant contributions to the development of Benguet. Nestor Bagtang Fongwan Sr.'s legacy will continue to inspire and uplift the people of Benguet for years to come.