Newbie solons to take crash course on legislation
At least 31 lawmakers take a short course to prepare for the rigors of legislative work

CRASH COURSE. The 16th Congress opens July 22. Photo by Egay G. Aguilar

MANILA, Philippines – How are neophyte lawmakers preparing for the 16th Congress? 

For at least 31 out of the 65 newly-elected members of the House of Representatives, they are set to take a 4-day course that will teach them the basics of legislation, such as negotiating the legislative mill, communicating with their constituents, and using their pork barrel. 

The list of attendees include TV reporter Marisol Aragones-Sampelo (Laguna), actor-turned-politician Alfred Vargas (Quezon City), and Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guia (Pampanga). 

Below is the list of solons attending the course, which will run from June 24 to June 27:

  1. Rodrigo Abellanosa (Cebu City)
  2. Raneo Abu (Batangas)
  3. Maria Lourdes Acosta (Bukidnon)
  4. Ansaruddin Adiong (Lanao del Sur)
  5. Magnolia Rosa Antonino-Nadres (Nueva Ecija)
  6. Marisol Aragones-Sampelo (Laguna)
  7. Maryam Arbison (Sulu)
  8. Erico Aumentado (Bohol)
  9. Catherine Barcelona-Reyes (Camarines Norte)
  10. Kit Belmonte (Quezon City)
  11. Francisco Calalay (Quezon City)
  12. Cheryl Deloso-Montalla (Zambales)
  13. Lawrence Lemuel Fortun (Agusan del Norte)
  14. Yeng Guiao (Pampanga)
  15. Douglas Hagedorn (Palawan)
  16. Teodorico Haresco Jr (Aklan)
  17. Elisa Kho (Masbate)
  18. Paulino Salvador Leachon (Mindoro Oriental)
  19. Zajid Mangudadatu (Maguindanao)
  20. Damian Mercado (Southern Leyte)
  21. Eric Olivarez (Parañaque City)
  22. Gavini Pancho (Bulacan)
  23. Mary Anne Pernes (Siquijor)
  24. Aileen Radaza (Lapu-Lapu City)
  25. Regina Reyes (Marinduque)
  26. Leni Robredo (Camarines Sur)
  27. Estrellita Suansing (Nueva Ecija)
  28. Angelina Tan (Quezon)
  29. Abraham Tolentino (Cavite)
  30. Juliette Uy (Misamis Oriental)
  31. Alfred Vargas (Quezon City)

A collaboration between the House of Representatives and the University of the Philippines-National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG), the course will include topics such as:

  • the Philippine Administrative System
  • The Philippine Development Plan and the Economy
  • Roles and Challenges Facing Philippine Legislators
  • National Budget Process
  • Role of Congress in the Budget Process
  • Negotiating the Legislative Mill
  • Working with the Executive Agencies to Provide Constituent Needs
  • Working With Peers Within the House of Representatives. 

Serving as resource persons are academics and legislators themselves, including outgoing Albay Rep Edcel Lagman, Dean Edna Co of UP-NCPAG; Prospero De Vera III, vice president for public affairs of the University of the Philippines (UP) System, and Raul Pangalangan, professor of law and former dean of the UP College of Law. –

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