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Youthful and spirited, ingenious and dynamic, proactive and kindhearted – this is Maria Valentina Galido Plaza, the new lady governor of the Province of Agusan del Sur.

Tina, as she is fondly called by intimates, is the youngest of the progeny of the late Congressman and Governor Democrito O. Plaza and former Governor Valentina Galido Plaza, both local political icons. She was born on June 1, 1967 in Pasay City just a few weeks before Agusan del Sur came into being thru Republic Act No. 4979 signed on June 17th of the same year.

Inheriting the hearty spirit of her father, she pursued and finished her Agribusiness degree at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños, Laguna where she also excelled in the male-dominated sport of tae kwon do and rodeo. Governor Tina Plaza is herself a three-time national tae kwon do gold medalist as a member of the UPLB Tae Kwon Do Varsity Team and a two-time champion of the UPLB Rodeo Team.

After college, she taught at Rosemont School for two years. Finding a knack for teaching young people, she partnered with Cartwheel Foundation with its Teacher Training for Home Teaching and established a school in one of the far-flung indigenous people’s community in the province. In partnership with the local leaders and parish people, her initiative brought substantial improvement in the learning capacity of the young “lumads” in the area.

As a career woman, she also ventured into business and put up her own company, Fatima Foods Corporation, which exclusively distributes dressed chicken in the entire Caraga Region. She likewise holds a top position in the family owned D.O. Plaza Holdings Corporation as vice president for Mindanao operations. On the side, she busies herself with her other socio-civic commitments in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement and the Love and Mercy Community. She also served as chairperson of the Provincial Tourism Council and an active advocate of the provincial government’s moral recovery and value formation program.

Though she grew up in a political environment, Tina was content playing supporting roles to her more prominent parents and siblings. It did not take long for the calling to public service catch up with her. With the prodding of her brother predecessor, Governor Adolph Edward G. Plaza, this political heiress, though a neophyte, won an overwhelming mandate from the people with her landslide victory in the May 14, 2007 local polls together with her entire provincial slate.

Her peers at the League of Provinces of the Philippines likewise appointed her as deputy secretary-general for Mindanao.

Now primed to follow in the footsteps and carry on the legacy of her forebears, Governor Tina Plaza is keen on upholding and advancing honest, practical, equitable and steadfast public service anchored on her 8-point agenda for development. These are: peace and order; economic development; education, youth and sports development; health, nutrition and social development; socio-cultural and tourism development; moral recovery and value formation; environmental protection and water management and information and communication technology advancement, all geared towards attaining the mission and vision of a God-centered, caring and self-sustaining Province of Agusan del Sur.