Rodolfo T. Ganzon
Senator Rodolfo T. Ganzon was consistently at the top of his class. He graduated valedictorian in the elementary and high school and in the College of Law, Iloilo City Colleges and was summa cum laude in 1950. He placed third in the bar examinations the same year with an average of 91.10%.
The following year saw his political birth when he was elected councilor of Iloilo City. What followed was a record of political advancement: he was the first elective mayor of Iloilo City; served as chairman of the League of Provincial Governors and City mayors of the Philippines; elected congressman of the 2nd district of Iloilo in the 1961 elections by a majority of 20 000 votes. In 1963, he tried his luck in higher office, was elected senator and served up to 1969.
Ganzon is best remembered by his constituents for having authored and sponsored the Iloilo City Freedom Law which restored to the people of Jaro, La Paz, Molo, Arevalo, Manduriao and Iloilo City proper their constitutional right to elect their own mayor, vice – mayor and councilors.
The senator headed the following committees: government re – organization, health and labor and immigration, civil service, and agriculture and natural resources. Thirteen other Senate committees list him as member.
Senator Ganzon was born in Iloilo to Leopoldo Ganzon and Marcela Tiamson. He is married to the former Dolores Pagodinog with whom he has ten children.