UPDATED PROFILE OF SENATOR JINGGOY EJERCITO ESTRADA
Posted: March 5th, 2012 @ 10:13pm
JINGGOY EJERCITO ESTRADA
Senate President Pro Tempore
“Anak ng Masa”
It is not hard to imagine that Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada, being the eldest son of President Joseph Marcelo Ejercito Estrada and Senator Luisa Pimentel Ejercito Estrada who are best known for their pro-poor advocacies, chose to represent and stand up for the poor and the marginalized in the Upper Chamber of Congress. It is for this reason that Jinggoy earned the distinction of being called the “Anak ng Masa.”
Senator Estrada finished his primary and secondary education at Ateneo de Manila University and earned a degree in A.B. Economics from the University of the Philippines . He took up Bachelor of Laws for four years at the Lyceum of the Philippines while serving as Vice Mayor of then Municipality of San Juan at a young age of 25. He was also bestowed Doctorate in Humanities (Honoris Causa) in 2007 by the Laguna State University in recognition of his academic excellence and socio-civic achievements as public servant.
In 1992, he became the youngest ever elected local chief executive in the entire nation at age 29. For three (3) consecutive terms, he administered the economic, social, political, and cultural affairs of the Municipality of San Juan beyond everyone’s expectations. He spearheaded various projects and programs for the improvement of the said municipality in the form of - construction of modernized Barangay Halls with Day Care Centers in all Barangays, repair and renovation of the now San Juan National High School, and other public elementary schools, recreation centers like gymnasiums, basketball courts and play grounds and the creation of different livelihood centers, improvement and replacement of drainages, concreting of municipal roads and the construction of a four-storey San Juan Medical Center and the San Juan Municipal Gymnasium. During his incumbency, San Juan gained the reputation of being one of the most progressive municipalities and the Most Peaceful Municipality in the Philippines.
During his final tenure as Mayor, he was sworn into office as the National President of the 1,525 member municipalities of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) from 1998 to 2001, where he harnessed the potential of local government units as reliable partner of the national government in nation-building.
In May 2004, the Filipinos gave him an official mandate to serve as Senator of the Republic of the Philippines (2004-2010) to realize his vision of improved welfare systems and better public services for the masses through good governance. During his first term as Senator, Jinggoy translated his experience and solid background as a local chief executive into becoming one of the most prolific and productive legislators of the country; introducing at least 617 bills and resolutions and steering the passage of at least 16 bills either as principal sponsor or principal author.
Among his more noteworthy pieces of legislation where he was either author or co-author that were passed into law include: Rationalizing the Composition and Functions of the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), Strengthening the Regulatory Functions of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Strengthening the Workers’ Constitutional Right to Self-Organization, Strengthening and Expanding the Coverage of the Special Program for the Employment of Students, Securing the State and Protecting the People from Terrorism, Strengthening the University of the Philippines as a National University, Declaring a National Policy as an Engine for Investment, Employment, Growth and National Development, Establishing a Socialized and Low-Cost Housing Loan and Restructuring and Condonation Program, Magna Carta for Women, Strengthening the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), Magna Carta for Small Enterprises, Promoting Environmental Awareness through Environment Education, Promoting Development, Utilization and Commercialization of Renewable Energy Resources.
Other proposed laws drafted by Senator Jinggoy Estrada intends to provide added protection to media practitioners and to safeguard the rights and privileges of the “fourth estate,” to establish effective support services for our migrant laborers, to empower local governments through fiscal autonomy and devolution down to the barangay level, to implement tax reforms, to institute modernization measures at the Philippine National Police, to address worsening human rights abuses and involuntary disappearances, and to widen access to quality higher education.
Topping this feat is his election by his esteemed colleagues to the second highest position in the Senate by becoming the most junior and youngest Senate President Pro Tempore who ever assumed the post.
Senator Estrada also took the helm of the sensitive Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development and of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on Labor and Employment on a concurrent capacity, which is tasked with the study and deliberations on measures relating to labor; human resources development; maintenance of industrial peace; promotion of employer-employee cooperation; labor education; standards and statistics; organization of the labor market including recruitment, training and placement of workers and exports of human resources; foreign workers in the Philippines; promotion and development of workers’ organization as well as employment-intensive technology.
Senator Estrada will also be remembered throughout the entire history of the Philippine Senate as one of those who chalked up perfect attendance during the 13th Congress until the First Regular Session of the 14th Congress, a rare achievement accomplished only by very few lawmakers.
Proving himself to be more than a parliamentarian, Senator Estrada opened his office and explored more avenues to offer public service to his constituents, like legal counseling, medical subsidies and scholarship grants. This same intention of extending assistance and reaching out to the masses encouraged him to start a public service radio program, aptly called “Boses ng Masa” which was heard nationwide over DZRH-AM Radio in 2009.
Previously, Senator Estrada also hosted the television show “SaBAYAN” and its AM radio counterpart (aired over DZXI) of the same title which have helped a number of Filipinos through significant exposés. During his stint as San Juan Municipal Mayor and head of LMP, he headlined the DZXL-RMN radio program “Mayors in Action” featuring local government prospects and problems.
His commitment to reviving the movie industry prompted the Senator to produce and to star in the critically-acclaimed Metro Manila Film Festival entry “Katas ng Saudi” highlighting the plight of the overseas Filipino workers. He bagged three Best Actor trophies for his sterling performance as a returning contract worker from Saudi Arabia trying to rekindle lost affection from his family.
His pledge to breathe life into a dying Pinoy filmmaking motivated the Senator to criticize starting with a strongly-worded privilege speech the continuing misuse of MMFF proceeds to the detriment of movie workers’ welfare organization and film development agencies.
Senator Estrada delivered more than thirty five (35) privileges speeches on varied topics such as the constitutionally-guaranteed freedom of speech and expression, right to public assembly, anomalous transactions and operations in Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), abduction of NBN-ZTE whistleblower, a call to conscience of former agriculture department official who figured at the center of fertilizer fund scam, wiretapping scandal, presenting a true state of the nation contrary to the claims of the former oppressive administration, the appointment of “A Truthful Chair” for the Truth Commission, and the corrupt practices in the AFP.
In the recently concluded May 2010 automated election, an overwhelming almost eighteen (18) million Filipino people has once again placed their trust in him and making him a topnotcher in the senatorial race.
Presently, Senator Jinggoy Estrada is very much focused in keeping his commitment to the Filipino masa to do his best as a legislator and as a public servant in securing a future far better than what we are all made to contend with today.
Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada was born on 17 February 1963 and he is married to Ma. Presentacion "Precy" Vitug-Ejercito. The couple is blessed with four children, namely, Janella Marie, Joseph Luis Manuel, Julian Emilio and Julienne Precious Marie.
DECRIMINALIZATION OF LIBEL
Libel cases, or the threat of filing thereof, continues to be used by some parties to harass journalists and other media practitioners. With the threat of imprisonment attached to libel prosecution, most media practitioners find themselves faced with numerous harassment suits that more often than not prevent them from doing their job of reporting or exposing the truth. This Representation, therefore, seeks to initiate a dialogue between the concerned groups on the possibility of decriminalizing libel – that is, to remove the penalty of imprisonment, and in lieu thereof, to just maintain or increase the pecuniary penalty. In the interim, however, a bill proposing for the decriminalization of libel has been filed by this Representation in the Senate to address the spate of harassment suits recently experienced by the Philippine press.
Several bills were filed by this Representation with the aim of providing additional protection for media practitioners, such as imposing additional penalties against people who commit acts of coercion, physical injury or murder against journalists, as well as bills proposing the enactment of a comprehensive Journalists Welfare and Protection Act and the Magna Carta for Journalist Law. Another bill filed seeks to exempt publishers and journalists from revealing the source of published news.
OFW RELATED BILLS
Often touted as the modern heroes of Philippine society, overseas Filipino workers need the full support of our government, not only in terms of employment opportunities abroad, but also in terms of support services. With this in mind, several bills were filed by this Representation, such as the revision of the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act, the establishment of an OFW bank and an OFW hospital; and several other bills aimed at strengthening the policy of the government on OFWs, and streamlining the government agencies implementing these policies, as well as on the increasing OFW benefits.
This Representation has filed several bills on local governance, such as the increase of benefits and salaries of barangay officials and employees, particularly, the barangay tanods and barangay health workers; the strengthening of their fiscal autonomy in terms of their selection of a depository bank, their internal revenue allocation, as well as the provision of livelihood and other support services at the barangay level.
The people are already burdened with so many tax measures. Yet, despite such tax measures, the country still suffers annually from revenue short falls. The problem lies in the implementation and enforcement of law. This Representation, therefore, seeks to initiate a dialogue with the business community, the tax authorities, and other concerned sectors on how to better implement our tax collection system.
However, priority should be given to the bill exempting the purchase of medicine by senior citizens from the coverage of the R-VAT, and amending for this purpose, Section 109 of the National Internal Revenue Code.
PNP MAGNA CARTA AND MODERNIZATION
Following the move to modernize the AFP, it is also high time to institute measures that would modernize the Philippine National Police, and improve the welfare of PNP personnel, considering that this agency is at the frontline of the government’s peace and order program. As such was filed by this Representation seeking to institute reforms in the PNP which I believe is long overdue and very much needed.
Torture and involuntary disappearances, and other human rights abuses, have to be addressed squarely and urgently. Laws penalizing acts of torture and involuntary disappearances, strengthening the Commission on Human Rights, and establishing a Commission on Missing Persons, as well as Barangay Human Rights Action Center, are definite steps in this direction.
This Representation has always believed that an educated citizenry would eventually result to a progressive society. Thus, several bills have been filed in order to help underprivileged but deserving students to have access even to collegiate-level education through the institutionalization of scholarships and study grants. Among these many bills are the measures strengthening of the University of the Philippines System and expanding the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers (to include private school teachers and non-teaching personnel). With the strained budget that the government has to face, these measures are the first step towards the attainment of a full and free access to education policy which this Representation hopes to see materialize during this Congress.
LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT
The Labor Code, despite the various piecemeal amendments, needs a major overhaul in order to update, unify and simplify government policies on labor, employment and human resource development. However, reforms in certain areas need to be immediately addressed while the Labor Code is undergoing revisions. Hence, this Representation also proposed bills improving the Retirement Law, streamlining the structures and the rules of procedures of regulatory agencies, providing additional protection and benefits to domestic helpers or “kasambahay”, increasing the number of labor inspectors, making the regional wage boards become more responsive, and enacting policies on public sector unionism and other related rights of government workers, among others.
This Representation has filed more than 500 bills and resolutions since he became Senator in 2004. Among these bills are the following: the revival the Philippine movie industry by granting certain incentives; the establishment of the Philippine Goat and Sheep Center; and the revision or abolition of the EPIRA Law.
• Senate President Pro Tempore
• Chairman, Congressional Oversight Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources.
• Chairman, Congressional Oversight Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs.
• Member, Commission on Appointments (CA)
• Chairman, CA Committee on Constitutional Commission & Offices.
• Vice Chairman, CA Committee on Labor, Employment & Social Welfare
July 1, 1992 to June 30, 2001: Municipal Mayor
Municipal Government of San Juan, Metro Manila
League of Municipalities of the Philippines
February 22, 1988 to 1992 : Municipal Vice-Mayor
Municipal Government of San Juan, Metro Manila
Elementary : Ateneo de Manila University
1968 – 1976
Highschool : Ateneo de Manila University
1976 – 1980
College : University of the Philippines
Bachelor of Arts in Economics
1980 – 1984
Lyceum University, Bachelor of Laws
• Guillermo Mendoza Foundation Award in Public Service, 2011
• Best Actor, 56th Famas Awards, Katas ng Saudi
• Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role (Musical or Comedy), 2008 Golden Screen Awards, Katas ng Saudi
• Best Actor, 2007 Metro Manila Film Festival, Katas ng Saudi
• DOCTORATE IN HUMANITIES (HONORIS CAUSA), Laguna State University, Sinoloan, Laguna, 2007
• Best Supporting Actor, Farita Punzalan Story, FAMAS
• 1999 Awardee, 5th Annual Young Achievers Awards (YAA) for Government and Public Sector
• Award of Excellence, Asusasyon ng Kumentarista at Anaunser ng Pilipinas, 1998
• Millenium Leasdership Award, January 2000, given by the Asusasyon ng Kumentarista at Anaunaser ng Pilipinas
MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL/CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS:
• National President, League of Municipalities of the Philippines, 1998 – 2001
• Vice President for Luzon, Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines,
• Member, Actor’s Guild of the Philippines
LIST OF PRIVILEGE SPEECHES
SEN. JINGGOY EJERCITO ESTRADA
As of January 2011
1. August 30, 2004 - “Quo Vadis: Philippine Democracy?”
Re: Right to Public Assembly
2. November 17, 2004- “In Defense of the Right to Free Assembly
Of Our Workers”
Re: Dispersal Operations at Hacienda Luisita
3. December 14, 2004- “His Memory Lives on“
Re: Fernando Poe Jr.’s Death
4. January 11, 2005 - QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE
Re: Update on Pres. Joseph Ejercito Estrada’s Knee Surgery in Hong Kong
5. January 17, 2005 - QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE
Re: Exceedingly tight security procedures at the
NAIA upon the arrival of Pres. Joseph Ejercito
Estrada from Hong Kong; Condemning the
actuations of Dir. Gen. Edgardo Aglipay
6. March 7, 2005 - “A Gambling Republic”
Re: Proliferation of PAGCOR Slot Machine Arcades
7. March 16, 2005 - QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE
Presidential Pardon: Power or Abuse?
Re: Malacañan’s move to extradite Charlie Atong Ang
8. April 25, 2005 - “Watching PAGCOR like a Hawk: The Gambling
Republic, Part II”
Re: PAGCOR Officers’ anomalies
9. May 30, 2005 - “To Guard Against Prior Restraint”
Re: MTRCB Memo requiring the submission of all materials of certain TV programs for approval prior to telecast
10. July 26, 2005 - “A Hollow and Shallow SONA”
Re: GMA’s SONA
11. July 27, 2005 QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE
“The Philippines as the Wiretapping Capital of the World”
12. August 31, 2005 - “A Tale of Two Impeachments”
Re: Impeachment case of Pres. Estrada and GMA’s current political crises
13. September 28, 2005 - “The Desperate Hand of the Usurper”
Re: Rule of Calibrated Pre-Emptive Response (CPR)
14. November 14, 2005- QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE
“The Discriminating Hand of Catanduanes
Superintendent of Schools”
Re: Division Letter No. 4 signed by Ms. Bueson
15. January 16, 2006 - “A Call for Personal Sacrifice”
Re: Call for GMA’s resignation
16. February 27, 2006 - “The Paranoia of Gloria”
Re: Tyrannical acts of GMA
17. March 15, 2006 - “The Malicious HandReaches Fontana”
Re: FG and PagCor’s anomalous activities
18. April 05, 2006 - Denouncing Statement of COMELEC Chairman
Re: Statement of Commissioner Borra on electoral
fraud during 2004 elections
19. May 23, 2006 - “Creeping and Undeclared Martial Law: Part II”
Re: Illegal detention of members of Union of the
Masses for Democracy and Justice (UMDJ)
20. May 24, 2006 - “Creeping and Undeclared Martial Law: Part III”
Re: ISAFP’s (Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces
Forces of the Philippines) participation in the
abduction of members of UMDJ
21. July 25, 2006 - SONA: Welcome to Fantasyland
Re: Counter SONA
22. August 16, 2006 Re: Libel Case Against FG Mike Arroyo
23. November 6, 2006 - Irregularities/wrongdoing of Arroyo administration
24. November 21, 2006 - Press Freedom Besieged
Re: Libel Suits filed by FG Mike Arroyo
to 43 journalists and 6 critics
25. December 06, 2006 - On Cityhood of Navotas
26. January 22, 2007 - In Defense of the Rule of Law
Re: Appointment of Davide; Gov. Singson’s cases
Pending with the Office of the Ombudsman
27. January 24, 2007 - Re: Gov. Singson’s corruption cases pending with
the Office of the Ombudsman
28. February 07, 2007 - The Senate of the People
Re: Commendation of Outgoing Senators
29. July 24, 2007- The State of the Nation Undressed!
Re: Contra SONA
30. Sept. 11, 2007 - Towards a Credible and Impartial Verdict by the
31. November 5, 2007 PRESIDENT ESTRADA AND THE AGENDA
OF GOOD GOVERNANCE AND REFORM
32. May 12, 2008 IBA ANG TINITINGNAN SA TINITITIGAN
Regarding the long overdue criminal case filed by the Ombudsman against Mr. Hernando “Nani” B. Perez.
33. July 28, 2009 THE WONDERS OF
GLORIA MACAPAGAL ARROYO’S SONA
34. September 23, 2009 Re: Senator Panfilo Lacson (Rebuttal)
35. August 17, 2010 A TRUTH COMMISSION REQUIRES A TRUTHFUL CHAIR
Re: The Appointment of Hilario Davide Jr.
36. January 19, 2011 Priv Speech on the Plunder Case of Gen Carlos Garcia
37. August 9, 2011 Priv Speech on the Art Exhibit Kulo
ACCOMPLISHMENT AS MAYOR OF SAN JUAN:
During the time that Jinggoy was the Mayor of the, then, Municipality of San Juan, he has a total of 835 work force serving hand-in-hand in achieving the objectives of the Estrada Administration. The taxpayer’s money is not put to waste because each employee is committed to render public service.
There is also the so called Police and Fire Protection Foundation that gives medical, skills-enhancement and self-improvement trainings.
The Infrastructure and Improvement Projects that was completed under his administration are as follows:
Construction of Barangay Hall - B.S. Angeles St., Barangay Sta. Lucia
Concreting and Drainage Improvement – Rivera St., Barangay Rivera
Construction of 2-Storey Day Care Center - Rivera St., Barangay Rivera
Street and Drainage Improvement – Yakal, Ipil & Mulawin Sts., Barangay Corazon de Jesus
Improvement of Alley – Road II, Barangay West Crame
Construction of Road, Drainage & Improvement – Sitio Looban Barangay Corazon de Jesus
Drainage & Improvement – Aurora Street, Barangay Maytunas
Construction of 2-Storey Day Care Center & Youth Center - Bonifacio Street, Barangay Kabayanan
Construction of Street Lights – Pinaglabanan Street, Barangay Pedro Cruz
Construction of San Juan Medical Center – N. Domingo Street, Barangay Balong Bato
Drainage Improvement – Msgr. Alvares Street, Barangay Pedro Cruz
Basketball Court, Alley & Drainage & Improvement – SPAC Compound, Barangay Corazon de Jesus
Desilting of Drainage System – San Venancio Street, Barangay San Perfecto
Construction of Church Centennial Arches and Seal Stage and Fence Decoration of Pinaglabanan Church
Fabrication and Installation of Arcs and Barriers - Barangay Addition Hills
Drainage System, Sidewalk, Curb, Gutter & Road Improvement – Jose Abad Santos Street, Barangay Little Baguio
Drainage, Curb & Gutter Improvement – Jose Abad Santos Street, Barangay Little Baguio
Drainage, Curb & Gutter Improvement – Purok 42, Barangay West Crame
Improvement of Basketball Court – Barangay San Perfecto
Drainage & Improvement – A. Reyes Street, Barangay Salapan
Drainage & Improvement – Melanio St., Barangay Salapan
Road Concreting and Drainage Improvement – Katubusan St., Barangay Rivera
Construction of Barangay Hall Multi-Purpose Building and Playground – Barangay Tibagan
Installation of Cyclone Wire Fence Ermitaño -Wilson, Santolan and Mariano Bridge
Desilting and Construction of Additional Manholes – F. Manalo, Barangays San Perfecto and Batis
Construction of Three (3) Storey Municipal Annex Building – Municipal Compound
Renovation and Construction of Philippine National Police and Justice Building with Furniture and Equipment – Barangay Corazon de Jesus
Repair of Barangay Day Care – Barangay Progreso
Purchase of Four (4) New Mobile Cardd
Purchase of One Hundred (100) Pieces of 9mm Caliber Pistol
Construction of a Two (2) Storey Barangay Hall Complex – Salapan
Drainage Improvement – V. Cruz Street
Drainage Improvement – Barasoain Street
Drainage Improvement – Dungo/Perey & P. Santos Streets
Construction of Onse Puericulture Center
Rehabilitation & Construction of Basketball Court – Batis
Drainage Improvement of Montessori Lane - P. Gomez Street, Addition Hills
Drainage Improvement – A. Rita Street, Barangay Kabayanan
Improvement /Construction – Maude Street, Guevarra to Dead End
Drainage Improvement & Concreting of Sidewalk – D. Vicencio
Construction of Storage Room – Municipal Compound
Renovation of Mayor’s Office
Rehabilitation & Repair of 64 Units Deepwell
Construction of PNP Justice Hall
Drainage Improvement – E. Jacinto Street
Construction of Barangay Hall & Rehabilitation of Basketball Court - Kabayanan
ACCOMPLISHMENT AS PRESIDENT OF THE LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES:
During his term as President of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) from 1998 to 2001, the organization has virtually transcended from that of a conduit of government services to that of a direct service provider.
Barely two months from being elected as LMP’s National President, the Mayor Estrada, convened for a Strategic Planning Workshop to craft a definite Mission Vision statement and plan for the League’s activities in the coming years. These Mission and Vision Statements propelled the League into a more aggressive mood by initiating changes, establishing networks and linkages with both international and domestic organizations, forging ties, and accessing programs and projects both for the League and the individual municipalities.
The LMP has entrenched itself in five (5) areas of interventions.
I. The LMP as an Information Focal Point. National Government Agencies, international donors, local and national-level NGOs, the media and the general public are the communication networks of LMP to its members. The communication network is a two-way flow of information for insights, position and specific ideas requiring concensus for the best forward action in such areas like policy agenda, management of local governance and platform to exchange experiences.
There is the past and current initiatives. The annual accomplishment report, quarterly newsletters, periodic memorandum circulars and case studies. Also, the official website of LMP was launched during the October 2000 National Convention.
II. The LMP as an Advocate of Effective Local Government. The LMP has been documenting case studies that may be considered as reflective of the state of the art style of local governance. These studies are meant to serve as guide to achieving better performance for other members. For its part, the National Government has and continues to use such studies to base their policies and technical support to local government. Donor agencies have looked into these studies as inputs to crafting the framework of their developmental assistance.
For its past and current initiatives. Paper presentations on eleven thematic issues have been presented to establish performance benchmarks, policy-advocacy agenda, and the catalyst role of the LMP. In addition, there is the consolidation of agreements on specific provisions for amending the Local Autonomy Law of the Philippines.
III. The LMP as a Service Provider. Given the numerous basic services that are being delivered by municipal local governments, the LMP assists its members in accessing and mobilizing complimentary resources of the National Government , NGOs and the international community. This service is done with cost-sharing and counterpart schemes between the member-municipality and the resource grantor.
Cost sharing with national government on infrastructure projects, emergency services, logistical support for disaster management, and donor linkage for financing has been established.
IV. The LMP as a Voice in the International Community. As one of the local partners of the International Union of Local Authorities (IULA), the LMP increasingly interacts with the rest of the LGAs from all over the world. The interactions ensure that the work of local governments are given due recognition by the global community.
Paper Resolutions have been submitted to the following:
1. United nations Third Party Preparatory conference for Beijing Plus Five (UN, New York) on Prevention of Violence Against Women and Children.
2. Special UN Session for Beijing Plus Five on partnership for Better Implementation
The LMP has been an active participant during the First Conference on Local Governance in the Americas held in Merida, Mexico. In addition, the LMP is a Member of the Task Force on Association Capacity Building under the Municipal International Cooperation.
V. Promotion of the Children and Gender Dimension. The LMP maintained the need to address related to women and children. With an open mind, the LMp believes that the pace of development can improve when women and children are the focus of intervention.
Initiatives concluded in this phase are:
1. The search for Child-Friendly Municipality, a joint project with UNICEF.
2. Conference on the Prevention of Violence Against Women & Children.
3. Improving Gender Representation in Local Government, a joint project with IULA.
Programs and Projects
Implemented during his tenure as LMP President (1998-2000)
I. PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS OF LMP WITH LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS
Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP)
Jointly undertaken policy and advocacy forum on controversial bills, DILL Memorandum Circulars, and other issuance affecting the Local Government Units.
Joint undertaking in the review of the Omnibus Amendment to the Local Government Code.
Developing joint web site for LMP and other leagues.
Philippine Education Publishers' Association and the National Library
Joint undertaking in the establishment of municipal libraries in 30 pilot municipalities with the end view of providing similar services to the remaining municipalities without public libraries under a cost-sharing scheme where the LGU's provide for a building and the hiring of a librarian in exchange for an initial release of 1, 829 books per LGU.
First recipients of the project were the municipalities of Moncada, Tarlac; and Cabiao, Nueva Ecija. The next release is scheduled for this coming April for municipalities in the Visayas Region.
Joint undertaking in the implementation of a nationwide information dissemination and signature campaign for the immediate passage and implementation of laws and ordinances for clean air and a balanced, healthful ecology.
Joint undertaking in the implementation of "Sineskuwela" program in support of the government's basic quality education program in the school systems.
Co-sponsored the development of a video presentation of the winners of the Search for Best Coastal Resource Management Program in 1998, and a five-minute feature of each of the six winning municipalities.
Distribution of the initial donation of 100 sets of Encyclopedia Britannica and Lexington Encyclopedias to various municipalities to support their municipal library program.
Media Outreach Services
Launched a separate weekly Radio-TV program, "Mayors in Action" – DZXL, "SaBayan" – RPN 9; to promote a public understanding of local autonomy and good governance.
Pasig Capitol Lions Club
Provided each of the 1,525 member-municipalities a set of Philippines a set of Philippine Flags to galvanize the spirit of nationalism.
II. PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS WITH THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
Oversight Committee on Devolution (OCD)
Promoted the release of P2 Billion from the P5 Billion Local Government Service Equalization funds based on the codal formula, and the release of another P2 Billion based on the cost of devolved functions to help the poor and disadvantaged municipalities.
Promoted the release of P1 Billion from LGSEF for the Local Affirmative Action Projects of different member-municipalities.
Called for the return of some P120 Million in the Internal Revenue Allotment shares to municipalities whose IRA was drastically reduced because of reductions in their land area.
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
The LMP-DPWH Cost Sharing Program, which empowers the LGU's and enhanced their capabilities in the implementation of infrastructure projects is nearing its full completion. Out of 1,525 municipalities nationwide, 1,253 or 82.7% have availed of this cost-sharing scheme.
Department of Agriculture (DA)
Signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the implementation of a P1 Million capacity-building program for municipal social welfare officers and presidents of the Association of Barangay Chairmen to enhance their knowledge and develop their expertise in handling various social services programs of the DSWD.
Conducted seminars on the prevention of family violence and anti-child abuse, and the promotion of women gender in the Philippines.
Conducted the First General Assembly of Women Mayors on the Prevention of Domestic Violence Against Women and Children, which paved the way for the establishment of the Lady Mayors' Association of the Philippines (LMAP).
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC)
Conducted the National Championship of "Palaro ng Bayan," he nation's grassroots sports program, in General Santos City on 26 February to 5 March 2000. This project is in close coordination with the Department of Interior and Local Government.
Distributed various sports equipment and paraphernalia to different LGU's nationwide in support of the government's grassroots sports development program.
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILL)
Distributed 30 patrol cars throughout the country under a rationalized program for police vehicle distribution.
Scheduled implementation of the Rationalized Donated Vehicle Program (RDVP) to support the mobility of local government officials in the implementation of various development projects and in the performance of their functions and duties to their constituents through the acquisition of cheap-slightly-used but durable imported motor vehicles.
Office of the President — Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (OP-PCSO)
Identification and release of 221 ambulance units to various municipalities, especially to those belonging to 5th and 61h classes. This project falls under "Ambulansya para sa Masa" program which supports the delivery of basic health services.
Endorsement to the PCSO of the donation of various medicines and other medical equipment to municipalities based on their felt needs and requests.
Department of Budget and Management (DBM)
Made representation in the release of the 1998 IRA shares of municipalities that are severely dislocated by huge reductions in their IRA because of controversial decreases in their land area.
National Census and Statistics Office (NCSO)
Launched "Operation: Birthright" in cooperation with FILOIL Company to target the extensive registration of some 1.2 million undocumented Filipinos found unregistered from remote island-municipalities and villages.
Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)
The LMP entered into a Memorandum of Agreement to help support the BIR in its tax collection campaign.
Ill. INTERNATIONAL FUNDING DONORS
Governance and Local Democracy Project through Evelio B. Javier Foundation, Inc. (GOLD-EBJFI)
Technical assistance to the league which jumpstarts the professionalization of the national secretariat and the installation of office systems and procedures.
Managed and documented several workshops and conferences of the League of Municipalities (Coastal Conference, National Conventions, Strategic Planning).
Sponsored several conferences/ strengthening sessions of different chapters of LMP (Nueva Vizcaya, Antique, etc.)
Coastal Resource Management Project (Tetratech/ Primex/Glovis)
Sponsored the First Conference for Coastal Municipalities in May where around 700 mayors (out of 810 coastal towns) attended to determine the status of marine resources, institute proper management techniques and introduce applicable amendments to governing laws and statutes affecting our seas and oceans.
Development of the baseline data of coastal municipalities.
Development of information, education, and communication materials for LMP.
Corporate Network for Disaster Response (CNDR)
Sponsored disaster management conference for CARGA municipalities in June, where around 50 mayors and MPDOs attended from the region and nearby areas.
Sponsored the sharing session of Pampanga municipalities on 31 August – 1 September which Pampanga mayors, their MPDOs and disaster action officers attended.
Sponsored a similar sharing session for all provinces in Mindanao where issues on flash floods caused by forest degradation and other calamities were discussed and proposals to stem the tide of destruction were crafted for legislative and executive actions.
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Co-sponsored conduction of the First General Assembly of Women Mayors where the prevention of violence against women and children was talked about.
Sponsored policy and institutional development forum for LMP Committee on Children together with other leagues of local governments.
Association Capacity Building Program
It is being funded by the Government of The Netherlands and implemented by the International Union of Local Authorities (IULA). Its components are as follows: institutional strengthening of secretariat, improving communications infrastructure and systems, enhancing information exchange opportunities, entrepreneurship and income generation, improved training, education and research, and improved gender representation in local government.
The International County Managers Association based in Washington, D.C. is undertaking the coordination of the implementation of the Project.