PLCPD Board of Trustees for the 16th Congress

PLCPD Board of Trustees for the 16th Congress

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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Senator Pia S. Cayetano stands tall as a champion of women’s rights and staunch advocate of health. She is the youngest woman elected in the history of the Philippine Senate. Armed with the training of a lawyer, discipline of an athlete and heart of a mother, Senator Pia excelled in her first term in the Senate and was re-elected to a second term in 2010. In her nine years of public service, she has pushed for the passage of several measures benefitting women, children and the elderly, while also working to improve public health and social services for the poor and the marginalized.

 

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Most recently, Senator Pia worked for the passage of three landmark laws. She sponsored and fought for the passage of the Reproductive Health Act (RA 10354) which seeks to provide women and families with access to information and services on reproductive health. The senator also fought for the Sin Tax Reform Act (RA 10351) which seeks to generate additional revenues to boost the funding for the country’s healthcare system while discouraging Filipinos from the unhealthy behaviors of smoking and drinking. Her third measure is the National Health Insurance Act of 2013 (RA 10606) which seeks the inclusion of the lowest income segments of the population in the PhilHealth system.

 

Senator Pia is the first Filipina and Asian in the history of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to be elected president of the Committee of Women Parliamentarians, a position she held from 2008-2010. She was also given the ‘Rising Star’ award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at the 3rd Women Deliver Conference held in Malaysia last May.

 

Outside the Senate halls, Senator Pia promotes her advocacies through Pinay In Action, which promotes women empowerment; Bike for Hope, which espouses care of the environment and healthy lifestyle; and Gabriel’s Symphony Foundation, which helps children with disabilities and special needs. She actively joins local and international marathons, duathlons, triathlons and Ironman competitions. She is an active supporter student athletes and amateur sports.[/toggle]

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[member name=”Hon. Bellaflor J. Angara-Castillo” role=”Chairperson for the House of Representatives
Representative, Lone District of Aurora” url=”http://congress.gov.ph/members/search.php?id=angara-castillo” img=”none” facebook=”https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bellaflor-J-Angara-Castillo/689014397793913″]Rep. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo is the congresswoman of the lone district of Aurora. She earned both her Bachelor of Science in Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Laws degrees at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, both earning her the distinction as a Cum Laude. She was also the Class Salutatorian of her Law class in 1962. In 1963, she was granted a scholarship for the Master of Law degree at Yale Law School in Connecticut. She also participated in the Leaders in Development Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University in 2001.

 

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She is very active on the field of legislation and politics. Her political career can be traced as far as 1995, when she first became a congresswoman of the lone district of Aurora. During her first terms as a congresswoman (1995-2004), she became a member of the Committees on Accounts, Appropriations, Agrarian Reform, Agriculture Food & Fisheries, Bank and Financial Intermediaries, Civil Service & Professional Regulation, Civil Affairs, Energy, Food Security, Foreign Affairs, Games and Amusement, Special Committee on Group of 21, Health, Higher and Technical Education, Justice, Labor and Employment, Legislative Franchises, Local Government, Muslim Affairs, Special Committee on National Cultural Communities, national Defense, Natural Resources, Special Committee on Northwest Luzon Growth Triangle, Population and Family Relations, Poverty Alleviation, Public Information, Reforestation, Revision of Laws, Rules, Rural Development, Suffrage and Electoral Reforms, Trade and Industry, Transportation and Committee on 20 Depressed Provinces, especially during the 12 Congress. She also held important positions both in the congress and in the Commission of Appointments.

 

At the end of her first congressional term, she was elected as the governor of the Province of Aurora, which she held from 2004-2013. She was also the Assistant Treasurer of the League of Provinces of the Philippines (2010-2013), the President of Central Luzon Investment Coordinating Council/Central Luzon Growth Corridor Foundation, Inc. (CLICC-CLGFI) (2007-present) and a member of the National Board of League of Provinces of the Philippines, representing Central Luzon. More importantly, she is the Chairperson of the PLCPD from the House of the Representatives.

 

As for her career as a lawyer, she has been part of many law offices. She currently works at the Castillo and Poblador Law Offices as a founding and managing partner. Angara-Castillo is armed with so many achievements, working experience and memberships in many organizations, both in her political and legal career. This proves her worth not only as a capable legislator, but also as a public servant and lawyer.[/toggle]

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[member name=”Hon. Juan Edgardo ‘Sonny’ Angara” role=”Vice Chairperson for the House of Representatives
Senator, Senator, Senate of the Philippines” url=”http://senate.gov.ph/senators/sen_bio/angara_sonny_bio.asp” img=”https://www.plcpd.org.ph/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Sonny_Angara.jpg” twitter=”https://twitter.com/sonnyangara” facebook=”https://www.facebook.com/sonnyangara”]Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara is among the newly elected senators of the 16th Congress and is the current chair of the Senate Committees on Ways and Means, and Games, Amusement and Sports. He graduated at the London School of Economics and Political Science with his degree in international relations with honors and obtained his Bachelors of Laws at the University of the Philippines College of Law and at the Harvard Law School in Cambridge Massachusetts where he obtained his Masters of Law degree.

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He was first elected to the House of Representatives to represent the Province (Lone District) of Aurora in 2004. he was re-elected in 2007 and 2010 to he same position, and served as Deputy Majority Leader and as Chairman of the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education. During his time as a congressman, he authored and sponsored more than 50 measures of national significance, such as the law for free universal kindergarten education. the law that increased the salaries of public school teachers, the Universal Healthcare law, the Expanded Senior Citizens Lae, the Tourism Act and many others. For his achievements, he was recognized by various publications as an outstanding legislator and in 2010, was awarded as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines.

 

He strongly believes in the potential of every Filipino to succeed, as long as they are given the right opportunities in life, as encapsulated in his campaign slogan “Angara ng Pinoy.” He vowed to push for policies and measures that aim to provide opportunities and empower people primarily through access to quality education and employment generation, for which he filed the following: Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Higher and Technical Education (UNIFAST ) Act, the Bill of Rights for New Graduates, and the Financial Literacy Act. Among the tax reforms he is pushing are the reduction of the individual and corporate income tax, he adjustment of the 13th month pay ceiling, and the inclusion of college tuition as one of the tax deductions.
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[member name=”Hon. Teddy Brawner Baguilat” role=”Vice Chairperson for Luzon
Representative, Lone District of Ifugao” url=”http://congress.gov.ph/members/search.php?id=baguilat-t” img=”https://www.plcpd.org.ph/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Teddy_Baguilat.jpg” twitter=”https://twitter.com/Teddy_Baguilat” facebook=”https://www.facebook.com/Rep.TeddyBrawnerBaguilat”]Born to Mr. Teodoro Baguilat Sr., a Retired Official of the Department of Agriculture, and resident of Kiangan, Ifugao and Mrs. Felisa Brawner, a lawyer and a resident of Solano, Nueva Vizcaya, Teodoro “Teddy” Brawner Baguilat, Jr. was born in Manila on July 30, 1966. He studied Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, Major in Journalism at the University of the Philippines, Diliman and was a student leader in the campus.

 

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His political career started in 1992 when he was elected the youngest Municipal Councilor in Kiangan, Ifugao, then Municipal Mayor in Kiangan, Ifugao from 1995-2001, became Governor of Ifugao in 2001-2003 and 2007-2010, District Representative in 2010, re-elected in 2013 and now serving his 2nd term as Congressman of the Lone District, Ifugao.

 

He was awarded the Dangal ng Bayan Award in 1996 and dubbed as one of 10 most Outstanding Civil Servants in the Philippines by the Civil Service Commission; Most Outstanding Governor by the Baguio Midland Courier; Most Culture-Friendly LGU Executive by National Commission on Culture and Arts; Most Supportive LGU Executive by the Department of Education and various awards as outstanding Chief Executive from POPCOM, Department of Tourism and other agencies.

 

Among his many advocacies include Good Governance – being the principal author of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill; Environmental Protection – where he promoted programs on natural resources management and watershed protection through the use of sustainable indigenous practices while sponsoring the three (3) Green bills – the Forest Resources Management bill, alternative mining bill, and the National Land Use Act bill in the lower house of Congress. He has also brought to focus the world famous Banaue Rice Terraces conservation. He is also championing the Rights and Privileges of Indigenous Peoples, Women, Child and other marginalized sectors in the society.

 

As the current Chair of the Committee on Agrarian Reform in the lower house, he is now on a real battle – facing the many challenges and demands in the Agrarian Reform.[/toggle]

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[member name=”Hon. Sharon S. Garin” role=”Vice Chairperson for Visayas
Representative, Party List – AAMBIS-OWA” url=”http://congress.gov.ph/members/search.php?id=garin-s” img=”https://www.plcpd.org.ph/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Sharon_Garin.jpg”]Rep. Sharon Garin is currently a Representative of the AAMBIS-Owa Party List for the 15th and 16th Congress. She earned her degree in BS Business Administration (Major in Accounting) at the University of the Philippines – Iloilo and her Juris Doctor at the Ateneo de Manila University. Aside from being a representative, she is also a corporate and tax lawyer and a Certified Public Accountant.

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[member name=”Hon. Luzviminda C. Ilagan” role=”Vice Chairperson for Mindanao
Representative, Party List – GABRIELA” url=”http://congress.gov.ph/members/search.php?id=ilagan-l” img=”https://www.plcpd.org.ph/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Luz_Ilagan.jpg” facebook=”https://www.facebook.com/repluzilagan”]Before joining the House of Representatives, Rep. Luz Ilagan taught at the Ateneo de Davao University for 41 years. She occupied various administrative positions as Coordinator of the English Department, Chair of the Humanities Division, President of the Faculty Club and member of the Board of Trustees. Rep. Ilagan also served as OIC City Councilor in Davao City from 1986 to 1988 and then as an elected Councilor from 1998 to 2001. She was among those who worked for the passage of the Davao City Women Development Code, the first of its kind in the Philippines and which has served as a model for other LGUs.

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Rep. Ilagan is a founding member of GABRIELA. As an established leader of the women’s movement, she continues to serve as chair of various NGO’s like the Bathaluman Crisis Center (helping victims of Violence Against Women), Talikala Foundation (helping prostituted women), Solidarity Action Group for Indigenous People, Women Studies and Resource Center, the Ateneo Task Force on Reproductive Heath, Gender and Sexuality, among others.

 

Rep. Luz Ilagan has been the recipient of various awards: the Mae Carvell Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Upliftment of the Status of Women, given by Ventures International, the Women Helping Women Award from Soroptimists International, the Blue Knight and Living Legend Awards, as Outstanding Alumna of the Ateneo de Davao University, and most importantly, the Datu Bago Award, the highest honor that the City of Davao confers on its Outstanding citizens.

 

As a neophyte legislator in the 14th Congress, Rep. Ilagan was co-author of the Magna Carta of Women and principal author of the Bill Increasing the Salaries of Public School Teachers, which is now being implemented. On her second term, she pushed for Bills like Declaring March 8 which is International Women’s Day as a national holiday, Increasing the Maternity Leave Benefits to 120 days, and the Alternative Mining Act. She was a member of the Committees on Appropriations, National Cultural Communities, Overseas Workers Affairs, Muslim Affairs, Mindanao Affairs, Basic Education, Constitutional Amendments, and Population and Family Relations. She was member of the Oversight Committee on Clean Water Act, and was the Vice Chairperson of the Committee on Women and Gender Equality.

 

In the 16th Congress, she is a member of the Committees on Women and Gender Equality, Appropriations, Health, Human Rights, Overseas Workers Affairs, Natural Resources, National Cultural Communities, Mindanao Affairs, and National Defense and Security. She is also a member of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal, and the Congressional Oversight Committee on Dangerous Drugs.

 

Rep. Luz Ilagan is currently the National Chairperson Gabriela Women’s Party.[/toggle]

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[member name=”Hon. Maria Leonor Gerona-Robredo” role=”Treasurer
Representative, 3rd District of Camarines Sur” url=”http://congress.gov.ph/members/search.php?id=robredo-m” img=”https://www.plcpd.org.ph/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Leni_Robredo.jpg” twitter=”https://twitter.com/lenirobredo” facebook=”https://www.facebook.com/attyLeniRobredo”]Leni Robredo is the wife of the late bureaucrat, Jesse M. Robredo. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of the Philippines and acquired her law degree in the University of Nueva Caceres in 1992.

 

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She is always active in the field of civic organization since 1992 up to present and became a valuable member of the Naga City Council for Women and Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal. Presently, Atty Leni is a member of Lakas ng Kababaihan ng Naga, Federacion Internacionales de Abogadas and Bantay Familia.

 

Aside from being a member of several professional or civic organizations, she is also acclaimed for her many accomplishments in the realm of public service. On August 2009, Atty. Leni was Awarded Most Outstanding Private Prosecutor on the occasion of the Anniversary Celebration of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption. She was a lawyer and served as the branch-coordinator for SALIGAN-Bicol and during her term, the office was awarded the KABALIKAT NG BAYAN Award. The said award is a credit for SALIGAN’s exemplary efforts to assist and advocate for the sustained growth and development of the Municipality of Daraga, Albay through Paralegal Education, Skills and Networking. Her positions in SALIGAN-Bicol allowed her to supervise and implement the institution’s programs for women, the basic sectors, and local communities. She was also able to represent the institution in various national and local networks as well as legislative committees and special bodies in local government units to which SALIGAN is an accredited NGO.

 

She acted as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Naga City Council for Women which is a policy recommendatory body that coordinates the efforts of government support offices and nongovernmental organizations regarding the implementation of gender related programs in the city. Naga was awarded the first-ever Most Gender Responsive Local Government Unit during her term.

 

Lastly, Atty. Leni utilized her expertise in the law to serve indigent litigants as a public attorney. She made sure that they will have free access to the courts as what the constitution mandates.[/toggle]

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[member name=”Hon. Susan A. Yap” role=”Secretary
Representative, 2nd District of Tarlac” url=”http://congress.gov.ph/members/search.php?id=yap-s” img=”https://www.plcpd.org.ph/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Susan_Yap.jpg”]Rep. Susan Yap obtained degrees from the University of the Philippines and the Ateneo Professional Schools. She is the Chairperson of the House of Representatives Special Committee on Reforestation. She is also the Chairperson of Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE) – Philippines chapter. As chairperson, Rep. Yap envisions to promote more legislative action concerning climate change adaptation and mitigation and better legislative oversight over the implementation of climate change laws so that all Filipino communities would be sufficiently prepared against extreme weather phenomena such as the recent Supertyphoon Haiyan.

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She advocates a legislative agenda focused on four key areas: environment, children, women, and business. She has authored 34 laws in her first term as a legislator, including, among others, Mandatory Infants and Children Health Immunization Act, Foster Care Act, Expanded Anti-trafficking in Persons Act, Cybercrime Prevention Act, Domestic Workers Act, National Health Insurance Act of 2013, Mandatory Biometrics Voter Registration Act, Government-owned Corporations Governance Act, Data Privacy Act, and the Arbor Day Act.For her sterling performance during her first term as a legislator and public servant, Rep. Yap was named as one of the 20 Outstanding Congressmen in 2012.

 

She advocates a legislative agenda focused on four key areas: environment, children, women, and business. She has authored 34 laws in her first term as a legislator, including, among others, Mandatory Infants and Children Health Immunization Act, Foster Care Act, Expanded Anti-trafficking in Persons Act, Cybercrime Prevention Act, Domestic Workers Act, National Health Insurance Act of 2013, Mandatory Biometrics Voter Registration Act, Government-owned Corporations Governance Act, Data Privacy Act, and the Arbor Day Act.For her sterling performance during her first term as a legislator and public servant, Rep. Yap was named as one of the 20 Outstanding Congressmen in 2012.

 

In her capacity as GLOBE Chairperson, she shared the Philippines’ Climate and Forest Legislation Initiatives during the 2nd World Summit of Legislators held in Mexico City on June 6-8, 2014 and the 2nd GLOBE Climate Legislation Summit held in the US Senate and World Bank in Washington DC on 27th to 28th February 2014. She also attended the GLOBE Official COP 19 side event in Warsaw, Poland in November 2013. The event coincided with the 19th Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference. She has participated in other seminars and workshops both in the Philippines and in abroad. She was guest speaker in the Regional Ministers’ and Parliamentarians’ Workshop on Review of Parliamentarians’ Actions and Legislations on the Elimination of Violence against Women held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in 2010. She attended the All Africa Parliamentarians Conference on the Millennium Development Goals and post-2015 Development Agenda in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as well as the 9th Meeting of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) Fact-Finding Committee (AIFOCOM) to Combat the Drug Menace held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in 2012. She is a regular guest and resource speaker in the annual AIPA Assembly since 2011, including the recent one held in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. Among the other non-government positions she held are: Corporate Secretary, Philippine Legislator Committee of Population and Development (2013 – Present); Secretary, Central Luzon Bloc (2010 – Present); and Member, Association of Women Legislators Foundation Inc. (2010 – Present).[/toggle]

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SPECIAL COMMITTEES

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[member name=”Hon. Kaka J. Bag-ao” role=”Chair, Local Governance
Representative, Lone District of Dinagat Islands” url=”http://congress.gov.ph/members/search.php?id=bagao-k” img=”https://www.plcpd.org.ph/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Bag-Ao.jpg” twitter=”http://twitter.com” facebook=”http://facebook.com”]Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka J. Bag-ao is an alternative lawyer and a human rights advocate. She graduated with a degree in Political Science at De La Salle University in 1989 and finished her Juris Doctor degree at the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law in 1993. She was a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow and studied International Human Rights and Peace at the University of Minnesota in 2007.

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She was the lead counsel of the Sumilao farmers, who walked the 1,700 km distance between Sumilao, Bukidnon in Mindanao and Manila. She also led the civil society organizations in the passage of the CARPER Law.

 

During her term as AKBAYAN Representative, she was one of the public prosecutors in the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona. She was also appointed as the Legislative Liaison of the Lone District of Dinagat Islands. She authored the Reproductive Health Law and other social legislation such as the Land Use Bill, the Minerals Management Bill, the Anti-Discrimination Bill, and the Freedom of Information Bill.

 

In the 2013 elections, Rep. Bag-ao ran and won as Congresswoman of Dinagat Islands. Now, she seeks to catalyze the changes that the Dinagatnons need in their province by advancing people empowerment in order to eliminate political patronage.

 

She continues her work in forwarding progressive legislation by actively pushing for the passage of several laws that focus on the just and rational use of land resources, environmental protection, food security, LGBT rights and welfare, youth empowerment, and several others. Rep. Bag-ao is currently the Chairperson of the Special Committee on Land Use, which spearheaded the House approval of the National Land Use and Management Act, a piece of legislation that is part of her main advocacies.

 

Because of her work with the Sumilao farmers and her work as an alternative lawyer, she received the prestigious Frederik Ozanam award in 2008, given to people who, in living out the demands of faith, justice and love, have given distinctive and continued service to their brothers and sisters especially the poor and suffering, and the “Parangal Para Sa Natatanging Indibidwal na Katuwang sa Pagsusulong ng Hustisyang Panlipunan” by De La Salle University in 2009. She is the recipient of the Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) Award for Law in 2010. In recognition of her work as a public servant, she received the Rotary Outstanding Surigaonon Award (ROSA) for Public Service by the Rotary Club of Metro Surigao in 2013. Recently, Rep. Bag-ao was given the 2013 Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals by the University of Minnesota Humphrey Fellowship.[/toggle]

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[member name=”Hon. Carlos M. Padilla” role=”Chair, National Advocacy
Representative, Lone District of Nueva Vizcaya” url=”http://congress.gov.ph/members/search.php?id=padilla-c” img=”https://www.plcpd.org.ph/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Carlos_Padilla.jpg”]Deputy Speaker Padilla started his political career as Mayor of the Municipality of Dupax, Nueva Vizcaya from 1972-1975, the last to serve as such before Dupax was divided into Dupax del Norte and Dupax del Sur. He continued to serve as the first mayor of Dupax del Norte, from 1975-1978. From 1978-1984, he served as Assembly man of the Batasang Pambansa where he chaired the Committee on National Cultural Communities.

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His career as a legislator was honed to its finest having served as Representative of the Lone District of Nueva Vizcaya during the 8th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th and 16th Congresses. He was responsible for the enactment into law of eighteen major legislative proposals mostly in response to calls for reforms in the educational system, not to mention the local bills establishing more than forty national high schools in his district.

 

He was not only a staunch advocate for the education of the Filipino youth for he also vigorously campaigned for human rights of all Filipinos particularly the indigenous peoples (IPs) and the protection of the environment.

 

He is happily married to Nueva Vizcaya Governor Ruth R. Padilla. They are blessed with three children: Carlos “Jojo” II, Ruthie Maye and Carlo Paolo.[/toggle]

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[member name=”Hon. Walden F. Bello” role=”Chair, International Linkages
Representative, Party List – AKBAYAN” url=”http://congress.gov.ph/members/search.php?id=bello-w” img=”none” twitter=”https://twitter.com/WaldenBello” facebook=”https://www.facebook.com/walden.bello”]Rep. Walden Bello is currently a representative of the party-list Akbayan for three consecutive terms (14th, 15th and 16th Congress). He is the chair of the House of Representatives Committee of Overseas Workers Affairs, the co-chair of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs, and is the Vice-chair of the Committee on Food and Agriculture. He is also a member of the committees on Energy, Foreign Affairs, Labor and Employment, Population and Family Relations, National Defense and Security, Natural Resources and the Special Committee on Land Use.

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Rep. Bello is well known as a social activist. Walden is very much socially engaged with a political career that can hardly be called comfortable or safe. Putting flesh to the bone, he effectively combines the roles of both intellectual and activist, deconstructing the myths and lies of a failed global corporatist development paradigm and contributing significantly in constructing a viable and democratic alternative.

 

Proof of this, since becoming a political activist during the Marcos dictatorship, Walden dedicated the next two decades in building an international movement to restore democracy in the Philippines by co-ordinating the Anti-Martial Law Coalition and establishing the Philippine Human Rights Lobby in Washington, DC.

 

Famous for his political actions, Walden led the non-violent takeover of the Philippine consulate office in San Francisco in 1978. He also broke into the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC to get hold of 3,000 pages of confidential documents that provided the material for his book that became an underground bestseller in the Philippines and which was used as an education and campaign tool in expanding the citizen’s movement that eventually deposed Marcos in 1986. As a result, he was arrested repeatedly and was even incarcerated by the US government.

 

However, this did not undermine Walden’s important academic work. His enthusiasm for street parliamentarianism can only be matched by his deep devotion in producing countless exemplary papers and books tackling important issues of the day such as globalization, trade, security and development. He has, so far authored and/or co-authored 14 books on global, Asian, and Philippine issues which won him recognition and respect from different parts of the world.[/toggle]

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[member name=”Hon. Henedina R. Abad” role=”Chair, Sustainability
Representative, Lone District of Batanes” url=”http://congress.gov.ph/members/search.php?id=abad-h” img=”none” facebook=”https://www.facebook.com/pages/Henedina-Razon-Abad/188920161130939″]Rep. Abad, the representative of the lone district of Batanes, started her schooling at Espiritu Santo Parochial School. Graduating as a Salutatorian, she took her Bachelor’s degree in Economics at Maryknoll College, which is now known as Miriam College. She continued her post-college education at the Ateneo de Manila University and later at Harvard University in United States. She’s a master’s degree holder in Applied Anthropology and Sociology and in Public Administration.

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Rep. Abad held teaching positions at Ateneo and Harvard University before she pursued her carrier at the government. At 2001, she became a member of the Search Committee of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the Office of the President in Malacanang. She then became a member of the board of trustees of the Local Government Academy at the Department of Interior and Local Government and a member of the Career Executive Service Board. At the middle of all of those engagements, she became the Dean of the Ateneo School of Government.

 

She then pursued her political career. She was elected as the representative of the lone district of Batanes, which she holds up to now. She is also a member of the Pagbabago@Pilipino organization. She also chaired the executive committee of the Transparency and Accountability Network.

 

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[member name=”Hon. Kimi S. Cojuanco” role=”Chair, Education
Represenative, 5th District of Pangasinan” url=”http://congress.gov.ph/members/search.php?id=cojuangco-k” img=”https://www.plcpd.org.ph/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Kimi_Cojuangco.jpg” twitter=”https://twitter.com/kimicojuangco”] With a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, Rep. Kimi Cojuancgo first entered public service when she was elected mayor of Sison, Pangasinan in 2007. In her time as mayor, she developed different advocacies, which sbe continues to push for as a member of the 16th Congress. One of her priorities is to improve the country’s education system. As mayor, she brought Sison online by providing internet Wifi connections to the schools of Sison.

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In line with this, she is pushing for her “A Glass of Milk a Day for Every Filipino Child” advocacy which supplies locally produced fresh milk to give children the essential nutrients for a healthy life. Another advocacy is to provide potable drinking water to very barangay. In coordination with concerned government agencies and use of her congressional entitlement, this advocacy is already on the road to success with 49 wells producing high quality drinking water.

 

It was during her term as mayor that she realized the importance of, and need for, a Reproductive Health Bill. Being around families struggling to provide for their children led her to support the RH Bill. She strongly believes that if parents are given the power to space their children, their lives will be a comfortable one, ensuring that each child will live a wholesome and healthy life.[/toggle]

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[member name=”Hon. Josephine Veronique R. Lacson-Noel” role=”Chair, Media and Communications
Representative, Lone District of Malabon City” url=”http://congress.gov.ph/members/search.php?id=lacson-noel” img=”https://www.plcpd.org.ph/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Lacson-Noel.jpg”]Rep. Jaye is a legislator serving the lone district of Malabon. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications-Journalism at the University of the Philippines and acquired a law degree at Ateneo de Manila School of Law.

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Her work experience includes accomplishments in the field of research, writing and sales. She worked as a researcher in Davide Commission. She contributed as editor in Music Magazine and as practicum work in Manila Times and Sunday Times Magazine. Two awards of “Best in Sales” were given to her when she worked as a salesperson in the Juniors Department of Woodworth & Lothrop. Rep. Jaye also served as secretariat in SEAGames ’91.

 

The honorable legislator is affiliated several organizations namely, National People’s Coalition, Congressional Spouses Foundation, An Waray Party-list, and Inner peace foundation. Back in 2005, she founded Kayang Kaya ni Misis (KKM) which is a grassroots women’s empowerment organization in Malabon and Navotas. Her mission in establishing the said organization is to take the role of women as “ilaw ng tahanan” to their own communities, thereby creating a united voice.

 

Today, she utilizes her knowledge and experience as a legislator who prioritizes issues such as women’s rights, social welfare, and poverty alleviation. Jaye Lacson remains active as Vice Chairperson of the Committees on Appropriations, and Women and Gender Equality in the House of Representatives.[/toggle]

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