15 neophyte lawmakers go to school

ABOUT 15 neophyte lawmakers yesterday attended the training on legislation given by the House of Representatives and University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG).

There will be three batches of new solons attending the three-week training/orientation on the following dates: June 17 to 19; June 24-26 and July 1-3.

The purpose of the executive course is to orient new members of Congress on their roles and responsibilities in the coming 18th Congress that will open on July 22.

Among the first batch who attended the three-day training are Gil Acosta Jr., Palawan; Michael Edgar Aglipay, DIWA party-list; Yasser Balindong, Lanao del Sur; Eugenio Angelo Barba,  Ilocos Norte;  Rudy Caoagdan,  North Cotabato; Maximo Dalog Jr., Mountain Province;   Alan Dujali, Davao del Norte; Nestor Fongwan, Benguet; Cesar Jimenez  Jr., Zamboanga City;  John Reynald Tiangco, Navotas; Gerardo Valmayor Jr., Negros Occidental; Wilton Kho,  Masbate and Ciriaco Gato Jr., Batanes.

At the end of the course, participants shall have gained knowledge, honed skills and imbibed good values in policy-making particularly on development policy, planning and programming for better quality of life, well-being and sustainable human development.

One of the resource speakers, Professor Maria Fe Villamejor-Mendoza, dean of UP NCPAG, said that they would help congressmen learn the legislative process, as well as the internal set-up in the lower chamber.