Newly elected congressmen have begun their training on legislation Monday (June 17) for them to get oriented on their roles and responsibilities as lawmakers in the 18th Congress that will officially open on July 22.
Fifteen neophyte congressmen formed the first batch of three who will undergo the 3-day Legislators Executive Course at the House of Representatives (HOR).
The HOR and the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG) organized the executive course for new members of the incoming Congress.
The three batches of training are from Monday to Wednesday on June 17 to 19, June 24 to 26 and July 1 to 3.
By the end of the course, “participants shall have gained knowledge, honed skills and imbibed good values on policy-making particularly on development policy, planning, and programming for a better quality of life, well-being and sustainable human development” as indicated in the course overview.
UP National College on Pulbic Administration dean Maria Fe Mendoza assured, “tutulungan namin sila na malaman nila kung ang legislative process ang policy proces paaano sila gagalaw sa policy system mayroon tayo kasi hindi lahat ng gusto nilang gawin ay mangayayari mahirap kasi ang bill to become a law.”
House secretary-general Robert Maling said they will also focus on delineating the difference of the workflow between the local and national governments.
“Marami sa kanila ang galing sa local yung transition kasi from the local to the congress medyo kailangang gawin nating madali para sa kanila,” said Maling.
One of the trainees, Navotas Representative John Rey Tiangco, said that as a former city mayor, he embraced the necessity of undergoing the course, although such is not a requirement from them, as he recognizes the fact that the work of a mayor is so much different from that of a congressman.
“Iba ang trabaho ng mayor sa Congressman. First time natin magiging congressman at iba sa legislation,” Tiangco added. (with reports from Grace Casin) /mbmf