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As a young boy, Governor Niel D. Tupas Sr. already understood the value and importance of education. A son of poor parents in Barangay Bay-ang, Ajuy, Iloilo, Niel saw that he could not possibly escape the poverty that gripped their coastal village if he grew up to become a fisherman like most people in the community.  He realized that education was the only path he could take to succeed in life.

His consuming ambition was to go to Manila to get his college education, but it was beyond his parents reach. So the young Niel Tupas gained admission in the University of the Philippines of Iloilo where he obtained his pre-law documentations. He finished his Bachelor of Laws in 1957 and passed the Bar in the same year, where only 17% passed and was considered one of the toughest examinations during that time.

His ways and popularity caught the eye of one of Iloilo’s political and intellectual giant – the late Honorable Juan “Juaning” Borra, who together with the young Atty. Niel D. Tupas, reorganized, rehabilitated and gave new and vigorous life the Commission on Elections to first popularize and use effectively the phrase “Comelec Control.”

This exposure to the political arena, not only encouraged him to try his hand in seeking public office, but like a duck attracted to the water, he was at home and happy in this environment.

After unsuccessful attempts for Congress, Niel went down the political ladder and triumphed as municipal mayor of Barotac Viejo, Iloilo in 1972, where he served for seven years. In 1978, he was elected as assemblyman in the Batasang Pambansa. In 1987, he was elected as congressman, serving a total of 11 years as legislator under the new democratic government.

In 2001, Niel Tupas was elected governor. He quickly showed that political will is the single most important ingredient in governance and led Iloilo Province to several national awards, especially in the anti-illegal gambling against jueteng campaign, stopping illegal fishing, and the clean and green program.  He was re-elected in 2004 and once more during the May 12, 2007 elections, where he is now on his third term.

Likewise, he sits as member of the Council of Advisers of the League of Provinces of the Philippines.

Governor Tupas also anchored his governance upon the twin pillar of honesty and integrity, opening his doors wide open to his constituency and worked hard to improve the economy of Iloilo.

Gov. Tupas and Mrs. Tupas have seven children, all whom have finished college in excellent schools in Manila like the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Ateneo de Manila and De La Salle University.  Mrs Tupas herself served three times as municipal mayor of Municipality of Barotac Viejo.