Councilor Fana-ang dies at the age of 65

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Bontoc, Mountain Province – Bontoc Ili Punong Barangay and Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) President Alexander Ngadchil Fana-ang joined his Creator on June 22, 2020, at the Pines City Doctors Hospital in Baguio City due to an illness. He was 65.

His remains was brought to the Bontoc Municipal Capitol morning of June 25, 2020, for a Necrological Service by the Bontoc Municipal Government. On the same day, the Philippine Flag at the Bontoc Municipal Capitol was flown at a half-mast as the municipality mourns his death.

In his message, Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey reminisced Fana-ang not only as a great leader well-respected by the community but also a responsible family man. As the mayor extended the deepest sympathies to the bereaved family, he likewise expressed his profound gratitude to the late Fana-ang for his selfless service to the people.

Sangguniang Bayan members Jerome Tudlong, Jr., Alsannyster Patingan, and John Engngeg who represented the council in their tribute to Fana-ang, seconded the pronouncements of the mayor.

The Sangguniang Bayan, in a resolution, expressed its condolences with the bereaved family at the same time expressed their gratitude for his selfless service as a public official and his contributions for the good of the people and the municipality.

Fana-ang will be remembered as one of the great leaders in Bontoc who has been serving the grassroots–the community.

Being elected for three consecutive terms as the Punong Barangay of Bontoc Ili is a manifestation of the trust, confidence, and respect of I-Bontoc Ili to him because of his consistent good performance and hard work. Before entering politics, Hon. Fana-ang worked as a Security Guard at the Philippine National Bank – National Service Corporation from 1976 to 2004.

His first entry into politics was a bitter-sweet memory. It was his brother, Saturnino who filed his candidacy for Punong Barangay in October 2010. However, before the election period, his brother passed away. Not wanting that the vision of his brother for the village to be buried with him, he decided to run as a substitute candidate and won. In his second term from 2013 to 2018, he garnered a landslide victory.

He ran for President of Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) and won, thereby giving him a seat as an Ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Bayan of Bontoc. It was during his second term that Barangay Bontoc Ili was adjudged the Most Outstanding Barangay Peace and Order Council (BPOC) in the 1st to 3rd Class Municipal Category in Mountain Province and represented the province in the regional search for two consecutive years (2015 and 2016). Aside from this, Bontoc Ili landed in 2nd place in the 2016 Search for the Most Outstanding Community Health Team under the 1st to 3rd class provincial category. Despite the awards and accomplishments during his administration, Hon. Fana-ang remained humble, crediting the achievements to the collaborative efforts and cooperation of all the barangay officials, the community and their partner stakeholders.

Satisfied and grateful of his leadership, the villagers voted Kapitan Fana-ang when he ran for a third and last term in May 2018. Believing that he can do more not only for his constituents in Bontoc Ili but for the whole municipality when in the Sangguniang Bayan, he again ran for ABC President and won. In his long stint as a Punong Barangay at the same time ABC President, Hon. Fana-ang has been instrumental in mediating and settling conflicts that affected the peace and order situation in this capital town and even in neighboring towns and provinces.

For his educational background, he finished his elementary at All Saints Elementary School in 1969 and then proceeded to Mountain Province General Comprehensive High School (MPGCHS) where he earned his high school diploma in 1974. Pursuing his education, he enrolled at the Mountain Province College, now Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC), and graduated Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Accounting in 1985. While enrolled in college, he passed the Career Service Sub- Professional Examination administered by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in 1980.

He is survived by his wife, Eva Mila Felwa Fana-ang, and their four children. 

By Alpine L. Killa

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