JINGGOY, CHIZ TOP AUTHORS OF APPROVED SENATE BILLS
Jinggoy Journal - Volume 2 Issue 5 (May 2008)
Posted: July 28th, 2008 @ 10:59pm
Senate President Pro-Tempore Jinggoy Estrada and Sen. Francis Escudero have authored the most number of bills that have reached the Senate plenary before the First Regular Session of the Fourteenth Congress went on Lenten recess.
Estrada authored 19 bills and Escudero, 13, that have been consolidated into various committee reports. A committee report fuses the best features of related bills after public hearings. It is filed in substitution of these bills and it is the one sponsored in plenary session, not the individual bills. Of the thousands of bills filed, only those included in committee reports stand a chance of becoming a law.
Senate President Manuel Villar and Sen. Loren Legarda are jointly third with 12 bills each, while Sen. Edgardo Angara and Sen. Richard Gordon are jointly fourth with 11 bills each.
The 19 bills of Estrada are consolidated with other bills in the committee reports on the amendment of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act; the expanded coverage of the Student Employment Program; the amendment of the law on prostitution; Renewable Energy; publication of income and expenditures of local government units (LGUs); allowing LGUs to choose their depository banks; Anti-Torture Act; the Socialized and Low-Cost Housing Loan Restructuring Program; Decriminalization of Vagrancy; the expansion of the Scholarship Grant to Family Members of police, fire, jail and military personnel; Fixing the Term of the AFP Chief of Staff; the creation of the Civil Aeronautics Administration; the University of the Philippines Charter; the Environmental Education Act; Breastfeeding; Kasambahay or protection of household helpers; the Magna Carta of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Act; and the Presentation of Suspects in Press Conference.
Estrada filed the first 10 bills and Senate Bill Numbers 301 to 709 plus many others in becoming probably the most prolific bill author in the First Regular Session. Three of his bills were incorporated in the committee report on Renewable Energy.
Escudero’s 13 bills were among those consolidated in the committee reports on the amendment of the law on prostitution; the review of revenue regulations on per-centage tax of domestic carriers; the expanded structure of the Court of Tax Appeal; Anti-Torture Act; Earmarking of a Percentage of Value of Forfeited Properties Derived from Anti-Corruption Cases for the Office of the Ombudsman; Decriminalization of Vagrancy; UP Charter; Breastfeeding; Cell Phone Theft; Good Conduct Time Allowance for Prisoners; Presentation of Suspects in Press Conference; and the Judiciary Retirement Act.
Productive as bill author and Senate President
A Senate President’s main responsibility is to manage Senate affairs, so he is not expected to be productive in legislation because he has his hands full in managing Senate affairs. Villar, however, has shown that he can do both at the same time with 11 bills in various committee reports to his credit.
The bills of Villar are incorporated in the committee reports on the amendment of the Law on Prostitution; Repealing the Crime of Premature Marriage; UP Charter; the Scholarship Grant to Family Members of Uniformed Personnel; the Environmental Education Act; Cell Phone Theft; Quality Affordable Medicine; extension of the Agriculture Competitiveness Enhancement Fund; the Magna Carta of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; the Presentation of Suspects in Press Conference; and the Judiciary Retirement Act.
Legarda authored 12 bills that have been included in the committee reports on the expanded student employment program; the Barangay Livelihood and Skills Training Centers; Pre-Need Code, amendment of the law on prostitution; Renewable Energy; the La Mesa Watershed Reservation Act; Decriminalizing Vagrancy; UP Charter; Environmental Aware-ness Education; Kasambahay; Quality Affordable Medicine Act; and the Magna Carta for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
Some 2,121 bills have been filed in the Senate, of which 152 have been consolidated in 42 committee reports.