AKBAYAN Rep. Mayong Aguja

Who is Cong. Mayong

Progressive public servant, educator, public sector union organizer, community organizer, son of Mindanao, peace advocate.

Cong. Mayong, as he is fondly called by colleagues, is a founding of member of the Akbayan Citizen’s Action Party. The party was founded in 1998. He first took seat as member of the House of Representatives during the 12th congress (2001).

Before joining congress, Cong. Mayong taught sociology at the Mindanao State University (MSU), General Santos City. He studied AB sociology at Mindanao State University-General Santos City, finished his Master’s degree in sociology at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. He studied International Economics and Development Studies at Sophia University in Japan and finished his doctorate degree in International Cooperation Studies at the Graduate School of International Development (GSID) of the Nagoya University, Japan. He was also a research fellow at the University of Tokyo in Japan.

Cong. Mayong’s legislative agenda based on Akbayan’s holistic platform particularly focuses on employment and labor (including migrant workers), housing and urban development, and youth and education. As a native of Mindanao, the issues on peace and development in the south are also close to his heart.

Today, as member of the 13th congress of the House of Representatives, he is the Vice-Chairperson of the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education (Chair, Subcommittee on Alternative/Open University System) and Vice-Chairperson of the House Committee on Agriculture and Food (Chair, Subcommittee on International Trade); Chair, subcommittee on Political and Economic Laws, Committee on Revision of Laws. Cong. Mayong, is also a member of the following House Committees: Appropriations, Constitutional Amendments, Labor, Human Rights, Local Government, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Government Enterprises and Privatization, Economic Affairs, Labor and Employment, Overseas Workers’ Affairs, Trade and Industry, and Globalization and World Trade Organization (WTO), Mindanao Affairs, Social Services, and Women.

Together with fellow Akbayan Representatives Loretta Ann Rosales and Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel, Cong. Mayong engages in the House of Representatives for an honest, accountable, responsive and competent government.

Cong. Mayong is married to Alma Celesthia Dumalag, a creative arts specialist at the MSU and an active community organizer. They have three children, Ayna Vor, Marco and Alyana Marie.

(May 2006)

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