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Kapakanan ng barangay ang mahalaga sa akin - Punongbgy Bokal Boongaling

by John Bello
July 13, 2019

Ireneo ‘Boyong’ Boongaling, president of Liga ng mga Barangay in Quezon at the Sangguniang Panglalaiwgan (SP)

LUCENA CITY – He goes around to connect with all his ABC (Association of Barangay Chairmen) presidents in Quezon province as he seeks to find ways and means for improvement and transparency in the delivery of basic services at the barangay level.

For Ireneo ‘Boyong’ Boongaling, president of Liga ng mga Barangay in Quezon province barangay matters are all that matter to him.

“Mababa ang punongbarangay pero kami ang pinakakailangan at kami ang madaling lapitan ng mga tao kaya ang kapakanan ng barangay ang mahalaga sa akin,” Boongaling, 40, said when he guested for the first time on March 21 at the Kapihan sa PIA, a regular news information program hosted by Public Information Agency head in Quezon, Mr. Lito Giron.

Boongaling sits as one of the 14 provincial board members at the Sangguniang Panglalaiwgan (SP) of Quezon headed by Vice Gov. and Presiding Officer Samuel Nantes. He represents 1,209 barangays of the province in the SP, minus the 33 barangays of Lucena being a highly urbanized city.


Boyong, as he is simply and fondly called by close friends and acquaintances, assured that no barangay official under his watch is involved in illegal drug activities in Quezon so he takes an active part in any anti-illegal drugs programs and activities in coordination with the Phil. National Police and the Dept. of Interiors and Local Governments.

During the Alay Lakad Laban sa Illegal na Droga held last month in Gumaca, Boongaling was seen in the anti-illegal drug campaign walking along the town’s main streets with DILG Executive Assistant Helica Joyce Macalinao who represented DILG Undersec. Martin Dino, former mayor Erwin Caralian, the town’s ABC president Reynante Castillo and hundreds of barangay officials and concerned citizens.

“Hindi lamang dapat binuo ang Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council o BADAC kungdi dapat ay nagpa-function at aktibo itong gumaganap para maging epektibong kasangkapan sa kampanya laban sa iligal na droga,” he told the local media which learned that he contributed P15,000 additional funds to the local campaign against illegal drugs in Gumaca.

In San Isidro Elem. School in Candelaria, Boongaling would be seen with the teachers distributing slippers to the elementary students of the school as part of his advocacy program in education aside from his Adopt a School program and scholarship program which has reached 42 scholars with P5,000 grant for high school and P10,000 for college.

At the Sang. Panglalawigan he stood up and spoke in his privilege speech for the need to grant funds for the Internal Revenue Allotment in the far-flung barangay of Apad in the island town of Jomalig.

He has also provided solar panels worth P15,000 to P75,000 to several coastal barangays of Panukulan, Patnanungan, Polillo and Jomalig.

Boyong was elected as Punongbarangay in 2013 in Bgy. Masalukot 1, Candelaria, Quezon. In 2018 he was elected ABC President in Candelaria and in July of the same year he was elected President of Liga ng mga Barangay-Quezon chapter and became an ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Panglalawigan of Quezon.

In November 2018, he got elected Vice President of Liga ng mga Barangay-Regional Chapter of Region 4-A Calabarzon. He was appointed Vice President of Leodegario Diaz Boongaling Foundation and is an active member of Couples for Christ.


Boyong is unfazed for his lack of education at the SP session. He said he was unable to finish his high school education – he reached only Second Year High School – because of family hardship and poverty.

He worked hard at various jobs starting as janitor but fortune smiled at him and in time his own economic situation improved. He was able to send his 5 children to reputed schools with 2 of them already graduated in college: Rio, Aeronautics graduate; Mary Rose, Biochemistry graduate from University of Sto. Tomas; Rosiella, B.S. Export Management; Nino Emanwel, Gr. 8; and Princess Zairene, Gr. 7, both enrolled at International School for Better Beginning at Bgy. Ilayang Dupay, Diversion Road, Lucena City.

Boongaling was born on Sept. 18, 1978 in Bgy. Pahinga, Candelaria, Quezon, the 2nd child among 5 siblings to their parents Leodegario Diaz Boongaling and Rosita Carandang Boongaling.

He presently lives in Sto. Nino St. School View Park Subdivision, Bgy. Masalukot 1, Candelaria, Quezon and is happily married to Zaide Oro Boongaling.

He was one of the shortlisted nominees for the Quezon Medalya ng Karangalan 2019 in the field of barangay service and governance. - with reports from Ace Fernandez and Lyndon Gonzales


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