Sadikul Adalla Sahali was born on June 18, 1941 in Luuk, Sulu
to a family of farmers, where he inherited his love for the
earth and its produce.
In 1965, Gov. Sahali
graduated from the Mindanao Agricultural College (now Central
Mindanao University) in Musuan, Bukidnon with a degree of
Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering.
A farmer by occupation,
Gov. Sahali first threw his hat in the political arena in
1971 when he ran and won as Mayor of Panglima Sugala (formerly
Balimbing), Tawi-Tawi, where he served his constitutents for
the next 16 years until 1987.
During the 1988 elections,
he sought to retain the mayoralty seat and handily won and
served for two terms until 1995.
In May 1998, he aspired
for a higher post and won as Governor of the Province of Tawi-Tawi
where he served until 2001.
In 2004, Gov. Sahali
got a fresh mandate to serve the people of Tawi-Tawi. During
the May 14, 2007 elections, an overwhelming majority of the
constituents there voted to give him a second consecutive
term to complete the various socio-economic programs and projects
for the development of the province.
His colleagues likewise
elected him as regional chairman for ARMM in the National
Executive Board of the League of Provinces of the Philippines.
Dick, as he is fondly
called, is married to Juana Maquiso Sahali, a principal of
Batu-Batu National High School in Panglima Sugala, Tawi-Tawi.
Their union blessed
them with five children. Except for Rosemin, who has passed
away, all of their offspring are now occupying responsible
positions in government.
Ruby Sahali-Tan serves as the regional secretary of DSWD-ARMM;
Regie Sahali-Generale is an assemblywoman of the RLA-ARMM;
Nurbert Sahali is mayor of Panglima Sugala, Tawi-Tawi; and
Nurjay M. Sahali is secretary to the Governor.