Knowledge and skills newbie lawmakers must acquire

Maris Federez   •   May 19, 2019   •   589

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Joint Session of the 17th Congress at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives Complex in Constitution Hills, Quezon City on July 23, 2018. (Image courtesy of PCOO/KARL NORMAN ALONZO)

One of the hottest issues after the May 2019 polls is the entry of neophyte senators in the world of politics.

Among them are Retired PNP chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go and former MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino who now enjoy a comfortable lead in the so-called magic 12 in the senatorial race.

Just recently, General Dela Rosa made headlines when he said he wants to undergo a seminar on crafting laws.

Among the universities that offer such seminars for first-time lawmakers is the University of the Philippines – National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG).

Included in their curriculum are the ways of crafting laws, the process of enacting proposed bills, various rules in various committees, and measures in conducting committee investigations.

The duration of the seminar is one week.

Undergoing the seminar is not mandatory as it is in the discretion of the new lawmakers to attend such learning sessions or not.

Several members of the House of Representatives in the 17th Congress who have undergone such seminars were Leyte 4th District Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez, Batangas 6th District Representative Vilma Santos-Recto and Bagong Henerasyon Partylist Representative Bernadette Herrera-Dy.

In its official Facebook page, the UP-NCPAG announced the opening of its training program that will start in May and will end in August.

Aside from first-time lawmakers, the course is also open to re-electionist officials.

Meanwhile, Senate President Vicente Sotto III has also stated that they are prepared to help the new members of the Senate.

“Mayroong nakaprepare ang senate secretariat even previously. We’re ready for any conferences, orientation, meetings with the new senators, even their staff. Pwede ka naman magreview e. Pwede ka naman mag-aral eh (You can always review for it . You can always take some classes),” Sotto said. (with reports from Joan Nano) /mbmf

Neophyte Senators get key committees in Senate

Marje Pelayo   •   July 23, 2019

The Senate of the Philippines released on Tuesday (July 23) its first batch of elected chairpersons for different committees this 18th Congress.

  1. Agriculture & Food – Sen. Cynthia Villar (retained)
  2. Blue Ribbon Committee – Sen. Richard Gordon (retained)
  3. Constitutional Amendments & Revision of Codes – Sen. Kiko Pangilinan (formerly chaired by Sen. Franklin Drilon)
  4. Economic Affairs – Sen. Imee Marcos (formerly chaired by Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian)
  5. Energy – Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian (retained)
  6. Finance – Sen. Sonny Angara (formerly chaired by ex-Senator Loren Legarda)
  7. Foreign relations – Sen. Koko Pimentel (formerly chaired by now House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano)
  8. Games & Amusement – Sen. Lito Lapid (formerly chaired by Sen. Panfilo Lacson)
  9. Health & Demography – Sen. Bong Go (formerly chaired by ex-Sen. JV Ejercito)
  10. Labor, Employment & Human resources development – Sen. Joel Villanueva (retained)
  11. Local Government – Sen. Francis Tolentino (formerly chaired by Sen. Sonny Angara)
  12. National Defense & Security – Sen. Panfilo Lacson (formerly chaired by now DICT chief Gringo Honasan)
  13. Public Information & Mass Media – Sen. Bong Revilla Jr. (formerly chaired by Sen. Grace Poe)
  14. Public Order & Dangerous Drugs – Sen. Ronald Dela Rosa (formerly chaired by Sen. Panfilo Lacson)
  15. Public Services – Sen. Grace Poe (retained)
  16. Public Works – Sen. Manny Pacquiao (retained)
  17. Social Justice, Welfare & Rural Development – Sen. Leila De Lima (formerly chaired by Sen. Cynthia Villar)
  18. Tourism – Sen. Nancy Binay (retained)
  19. Ways & Means- Sen. Pia Cayetano (formerly chaired by Sen. Sonny Angara)
  20. Women, Children, Family Relations & Gender Equality – Sen. Risa Hontiveros (retained)

Meanwhile, the Senate has yet to announce the chairpersons for the following key Senate Committees:

  1. Accounts
  2. Agrarian Reform
  3. Banks, Financial Institutions, and Currencies
  4. Civil Service and Government Reorganization
  5. Climate Change
  6. Cooperatives
  7. Cultural communities
  8. Education
  9. Electoral Reforms and People’s Participation
  10. Environment and Natural Resources
  11. Ethics and Privileges
  12. Government Corporations and Public Enterprises
  13. Justice and Human Rights
  14. Peace, Unification, and Reconciliation
  15. Rules
  16. Science and Technology
  17. Sports
  18. Trade and Commerce
  19. Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement
  20. Youth

Senate President Sotto still enjoys support of colleagues in 18th Congress

Maris Federez   •   May 31, 2019

Senate President Vicente Sotto III

With the opening of Congress on July 22, new faces in the Senate and the House of Representatives will have their mettle tested in the world of politics.

Neophyte senators Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, Christopher “Bong” Go, Imee Marcos and Francis Tolentino, who form part of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago-PDP bloc, are ready to set foot in the Senate.

Amid rumors of division in the Senate on committee chairmanship, Senator Cynthia Villar’s name has been floating to be the bloc’s bet for Senate Presidency.

Majority of the incumbent senators, however, have signified their support to the current leadership of Senate President Vicente Sotto III.

 “I think Sen. Sotto will keep the Senate presidency,” said Senator Richard Gordon.

In a text message, Senator-elect Bong Go, stressed that he doesn’t know of any move that is pushing anyone in the Senate leadership, particularly that of Senator Villar.

Even Senator Villar, herself, said that she is not interested to become the Senate president.

Senate President Sotto, on the other hand, stated that even the mentioned incoming senators have also expressed their support to him.

He admitted that the support of his colleagues in the Senate is very crucial in his leadership.

“The Senate presidency is always at the pleasure of the members of the majority,” he added.

Other names floating to possibly replace Senator Sotto in the Senate leadership are that of Senators Panfilo Lacson and Franklin Drilon. (with reports from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

Nancy Binay, kukuha ng crash course sa UP bilang paghahanda sa Senado

admin   •   May 17, 2013

FILE PHOTO: Si Senator-elect Nancy Binay sa proclamation rally ng United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) sa Cebu sa pagpapasimula ng kampanya nitong 2013 Midterm Elections. (JAMES VERCIDE / Photoville International)

FILE PHOTO: Si Senator-elect Nancy Binay sa proclamation rally ng United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) sa Cebu sa pagpapasimula ng kampanya nitong 2013 Midterm Elections. (JAMES VERCIDE / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines – Kukuha ng crash course si newly elected senator Nancy Binay sa National College of Public Administration and Governance sa University of the Philippines (UP-NCPAG) bilang paghahanda sa kanyang pag-upo sa senado.

Ayon kay Binay, nais niyang pag-aralan ang mga pangunahing panuntunan at istruktura ng Senado.

Kasama aniyang mag-e-enroll ang kanyang staff.

Sinabi rin ng bagong halal na senador na hiningi na niya ang tulong nina senador Loren Legarda at Jinggoy Estrada para gabayan siya sa unang pagsabak sa senado. (UNTV News)


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