A resident of Danao City, which is under the 5th Congressional District, Vice Gov. Magpale is the Presiding Officer of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. She also sits as Chairperson of the committees on Tourism & International Affairs; and, on Women, Family & Minors. She’s a member of the committees on Public Health & Social Welfare; and, on Laws & Review on Ordinances.
She finished Associate in Arts at the University of Sto.Tomas in Manila and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition degree from UP Diliman, Q.C. Later, she earned a Master of Science in Nutrition degree from Drexel University (USA); Certificate in Local Administration & Development from the DILG and the University of the Philippines; and Doctoral in Organizational Development from the Cebu Doctors’ College – Cebu City.
Earlier in her political career, she served as Provincial Board Member for three consecutive terms from 1992 to 2001. After her term expired, she pursued a career outside politics. She was the President of the Northeastern Cebu Colleges for a year and became a member of the Movie and Television Review Classification Board (MTRCB) before returning to the Sanggunian in 2004.
On April 2011, on the untimely demise of Vice Gov. Gregorio Sanchez Jr., she officially assumed the post (by operation of law) to serve the unexpired term left by her predecessor. As the turn of events in her political career would have it, she took her oath as Acting Governor for six months with the suspension of then Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia.
Her landmark legislations include: The Anti-Smoking Ordinance (1992), the ordinance creating the Provincial Tourism Council (1995), the ordinance creating the Provincial Women’s Commission (1999), The Women Development Code (2005), The Children’s Code (2005), the ordinance making mandatory the registration of all forms of recruitment & placement activities in the barangay level (2008); and the Special Protection for Vulnerable Species of Fish Ordinance (2010).