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LIST: Senate committee chairmanships of the 17th Congress

(7th UPDATE) The Senate has already undergone 2 reorganizations barely a year since the 17th Congress started

SENATE COMMITTEES. The Senate has finished organizing all of its 40 committees for the 17th Congress. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines (7th UPDATE) – The Senate, as of February 28 or barely a year since the 17th Congress began, has already undergone 2 reorganizations under Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III. 

In September 2016, Senator Leila de Lima was ousted as chairperson of the Senate committee on justice after presenting witness Edgar Matobato, who accused President Rodrigo Duterte of ordering killings when he was mayor of Davao City. She was replaced by Senator Richard Gordon.

On February 27, the chamber again reshuffled its committee chairmanships, after senators voted to remove 4 Liberal Party-allied senators from their key posts and shifted to the minority bloc.

Senator Franklin Drilon was replaced by Senator Ralph Recto as the Senate President Pro-Tempore. Drilon is now the new Senate Minority Leader replacing Recto, as he continues to head the committee on constitutional amendments tasked to hear bills on charter change.

Senator Francis Pangilinan was removed as chairman of the Senate committee on agriculture and replaced by administration Senator Cynthia Villar.

Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV was relieved of chairmanship of the committee on education. He still heads the committee on science and technology.

Akbayan’s Senator Risa Hontiveros was ousted as chair of the health committee but still chairs the committee on women, children, family relations, and gender equality.

Here is the list of the committees and their chairpersons, as of February 28, 2017: 

  1. Accounts – Panfilo Lacson
  2. Agrarian Reform – Alan Peter Cayetano
  3. Agriculture and Food – Cynthia Villar
  4. Banks, Financial Institutions, and Currencies – Francis Escudero
  5. Blue Ribbon – Richard “Dick” Gordon
  6. Civil Service and Government Reorganization – Antonio Trillanes IV
  7. Climate Change – Loren Legarda
  8. Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes and Laws – Franklin Drilon
  9. Cooperatives – Juan Miguel Zubiri
  10. Cultural communities – Nancy Binay
  11. Economic Affairs – Sherwin Gatchalian 
  12. Education – Francis Escudero
  13. Electoral Reforms and People’s Participation – Leila De Lima
  14. Energy – Sherwin Gatchalian
  15. Environment and Natural Resources – Cynthia Villar
  16. Ethics and Privileges – Vicente Sotto III
  17. Finance – Loren Legarda
  18. Foreign Relations – Alan Peter Cayetano
  19. Games and Amusement – Panfilo Lacson
  20. Government Corporations and Public Enterprises – Richard Gordon
  21. Health and Demography – Joseph Victor Ejercito
  22. Justice and Human Rights – Richard Gordon
  23. Labor, Employment & Human Resources Development – Joel Villanueva
  24. Local Government – Juan Edgardo Angara
  25. National Defense and Security – Gregorio Honasan 
  26. Peace, Unification, and Reconciliation – Gregorio Honasan 
  27. Public Information and Mass Media – Grace Poe
  28. Public Services – Grace Poe
  29. Public Order and Dangerous Drugs – Panfilo Lacson
  30. Public Works – Manny Pacquiao
  31. Rules – Vicente “Tito” Sotto III
  32. Science and Technology – Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV
  33. Social Justice, Welfare and Rural Development – Cynthia Villar
  34. Sports – Manny Pacquiao
  35. Tourism – Nancy Binay
  36. Trade and Commerce – Juan Miguel Zubiri
  37. Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement – JV Ejercito
  38. Ways and Means – Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara
  39. Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality – Risa Hontiveros
  40. Youth – Joel Villanueva  – Rappler.com