Mayor Garin. For Iloilo’s First District, the strong Southern Iloilo towns, it is the leadership of a Mayor Garin that made all the difference and continue to make a difference. Guimbal has always been home to the Garins, a family composed of public servants – patriarch Oscar Garin Sr., currently serving as Municipal Mayor; Richard Garin, formerly Iloilo 1st District Representative; his wife Janette Garin, now serving the post and was formerly the Secretary of the Department of Health; Christine ‘Tingting’ Garin, now the Vice Governor of the Province of Iloilo; and Sharon Garin of the Partylist AAMBIS OWA, safeguarding the marginalized farmers of the Philippines.
During the stewardship of the Garins, Guimbal was recognized as National Winner in 2013, Hall of Fame Awardee for Most Business-Friendly Municipality in the Country; National Winner from 2009 to 2011, Hall of Fame Awardee on the implementation of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Programs; Apolinario Mabini Awardee in 2015 as the Country’s Best Local Government Unit on the implementation of programs for persons with disability; and the Country’s Most Child Friendly Municipality from 2011 to 2012.
In terms of progress, the municipality has spawned twelve elementary and four secondary educational institutions. Guimbal is politically subdivided into 33 barangays, 11 within the Poblacion and 22 outside the town center. The town’s major product is mango, among other seasonal fruits. Farming and fishing are major industries.
Youngest of Garin siblings Christine ‘Tingting’ Garin was recognized as 2011 National Finalist for the PAG-ASA Award of the Civil Service Commission; the Country’s Outstanding Municipal Mayor in 2015; and Outstanding Alumni of the University of the Philippines in 2015.
Oscar “Richard” S. Garin, Jr. a two-term Member of the House of Representatives of the Republic of the Philippines representing the First Congressional District of Iloilo composed of seven (7) towns: Oton, Tigbauan, Tubungan, Igbaras, Miagao, San Joaquin and Guimbal, his hometown.
He served for six (6) consecutive years, from June, 2013 to June, 2019.
His two terms in office as Congressman of the First District of Iloilo is a hallmark of hard work and dedication, particularly on his advocacy for health, social services and education. As a legislator, he pushed for comprehensive and affordable health and social services programs for the people, and the expansion of technical and vocational education for the youth. Most significantly, anyone familiar with the southern part of Iloilo will readily attest that during the past six (6) years a frenzy of government project implementation swept over the First District, not only in infrastructure but also in social services, health, poverty alleviation and education.“Responsableng Gobyerno”, a catchword among his constituents, is in fact a declaration of his solemn desire to see government work for the people.