Nasser C. Pangandaman

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Nasser C. Pangandaman got his well-deserved appointment as Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary last June 8, 2007. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed his appointment as Agrarian Reform Secretary, making him a regular member of the Cabinet. Since then, he held significant roles in carrying out the government’s socio-economic reforms.

Secretary Boy, as he is fondly called in the department, was born in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, is the son of former ARMM Governor Liningding Pangandaman and Sittie Mariam Esther Pangandaman. He graduated from Colegio de San Juan de Letran with a degree of Bachelor of Arts, major in Political Science. Two years after, he took up law at San Beda College before he transferred to University of San Jose Recoletos in Cebu City. He is married to former Bai Yasmin Pacasum and they have three children named Mohammad Hussein, Nasser Jr., and Nabila Margarita.

He has joined the Department since March 2002, as Undersecretary for Mindanao Affairs and Indigenous Peoples. It can be recalled that for almost two years the Secretary acted as OIC of the department when former Secretary Rene C. Villa resigned from his post in 2005. As the new Secretary of DAR, he vows to look after the welfare not only of the indigenous groups but also of the two equally important groups of beneficiaries – the farmers, who are the main beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and the disadvantaged urban poor.

Consistent with the government’s mandate to situate the indigenous peoples into the center of its social reform initiatives, it was high time Secretary Pangandaman is justly rewarded for his vision, leadership and dedication to implement CARP.

The Secretary has a vast experience in implementing huge and flagship projects of the government. Before coming to DAR, he held vital positions in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). He was designated as chairman of the ARMM Task Force created by the regional governor to fast track the flagship projects during the administration of former President Fidel V. Ramos. Prior to that, he was also the regional governor’s chief of staff from 1993 to 1995. Aside from being the regional chief of staff, he also served as special assistant to the regional governor and ARMM representative to the Mindanao Conference for Investment and Growth during the period. He resigned in 1995 to run for provincial governor in Lanao del Sur. A few years after, he became the manager of HNN Ventures.

He also represented the ARMM on official missions outside the Philippines, namely; Head of the ARMM delegation in the International Labor Organization Conference on Indigenous Communities in Thailand; ARMM representative to the State Visits of H.E. President Fidel V. Ramos in the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam and in Manado, Indonesia; Head of the ARMM Delegation in the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) regarding the organization of the BIMP-EAGA in Ujung, Pandang, Indonesia; ARMM representative to the PAL inaugural to Lubuan East Malaysia and the ARMM Business Group to the Malaysian Business Council; Head of the Philippine media delegation to the Ministry of Public Information in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; and a member of the Philippine Haj Mission to Mecca, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1973, 1979 and 1980.

DAR chief, son accused of mauling golfers in Antipolo

12/27/2008 | 03:53 PM

MANILA, Philippines — Already in hot water with farmers over land reform issues, Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman is in trouble again, this time over an alleged mauling incident at a golf course in the city of Antipolo.

Radio reports on Saturday said police were looking into claims that Pangandaman not only flexed his muscles but also let his son Nasser Pangandaman Jr., mayor of Masiu in Lanao del Sur, beat up members of the De la Paz family at the Valley Golf and Country Club in Antipolo Friday afternoon.

"Hindi ninyo ako kilala. Ang yabang-yabang mo, ang tapang-tapang mo, mag-ingat ka (You don't know me. You're so conceited and foolhardy, you better be careful)," 56-year-old Delfin de la Paz recalled the Cabinet official telling him, while poking a finger at him after the mauling at the clubhouse.

Radio dzRH reported that the De la Paz family filed Friday night a complaint with the Antipolo police for physical injuries and violation of the law protecting women and minors.

The elder Dela Paz said he was with his 14-year-old son Bino and 18-year-old daughter Bambi at the golf course when the incident happened at about 1 p.m.

He said the Pangandaman father and son overtook them at one of the holes, prompting him to ask a marshal to have them get back in line.

When they were playing at the fifth hole, the mayor allegedly voiced impatience with De la Paz's slow playing.

Dela Paz said at least four bodyguards of the mayor roughed him up, and beat up his 14-year-old son who tried to pacify them. He said his daughter was crying and pleading them to stop the attack.

After the scuffle, De la Paz said he and his children trudged back to the clubhouse but the secretary and the mayor, with their bodyguards, followed them.

He said the golf course's management and security personnel came late.

On the other hand, he said that at the clubhouse, the mayor poked a finger at his 14-year-old son and said, "tatandaan kita (I will remember you)."

He said that when his elder son and wife arrived at the clubhouse with baseball bats, the Pangandamans' bodyguards drew handguns.

Security personnel then tried to pacify dela Paz and supposedly told them, "umuwi na kayo, napakalaking tao ‘yan (just go home, you're messing with big personalities here)."


  • "Nasser C. Pangandaman" (accessed on 18 July 2007)

  • "Sec. Pangandaman gets appointment as DAR Secretary" (accessed on 18 July 2007)



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