April 5, 2013 (10:49 AM)

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  • Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management, University of the Philippines Open University
  • Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness, University of the Philippines Los Baños
  • Elementary and Secondary Diplomas, Colegio San Agustin-Makati



  • Member, House of Representatives, 1998-2007
  • Senator, 2007-2011
  • Governor of the Philippine National Red Cross
  • Member, Rotary Club of Makati
  • Governor, Ranchers’ Club Philippines 1989– University of the PhilippinesLos Banos chapter
  • Chairman, Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines Bukidnon Chapter
  • Chairman, Paglaum Foundation
  • Member, Upsilon Phi Sigma Fraternity and Sorority (founded 1935)
  • President of the KATALA Foundation
  • President of the Philippine Deer Foundation


Laws authored or co-authored:

  • RA10068 – Organic Agriculture Act of 2010;
  • RA 9147 – Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act;
  • RA 10121 – Philippine Disaster Risk Management Act;
  • RA 9165 – Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002;
  • RA 9679 – the Home Development Mutual Fund Law of 2009 (Pag-IBIG Fund);
  • RA 9653 – the Rent Control Act of 2009;
  • RA 9997 – the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Act of 2009;
  • RA 9996 – the Mindanao Development Authority Act of 2010;
  • RA 9904 – the Magna Carta for Homeowners and Homeowners’ Associations;
  • RA 9903 – Condonation of Penalties on Delinquent Social SecurityContributions;
  • RA 9507 – the Socialized and Low-Cost Housing Loan Condonation Program;
  • RA 9850 – Declaring Arnis as the National Martial Art and Sport;
  • RA 9500 – UP Charter Amendments;
  • RA 9163 – National Service Training Program;
  • RA 9166 – Armed Forces of the Philippines Rate Pay Base Increase Act;
  • RA 10072 – the New Charter of the Philippine Red Cross;
  • RA 9645 – Declaring July 27 of Every Year as Araw ng Iglesia Ni Cristo and as Special Working Holiday; and
  • RA 9849 – Declaring Eidul Adha as a National Holiday.




  • Totally free health care and services, including hospitalization, in government hospitals and health facilities under the “No Balance Billing” program – amend the Universal Health Care Act
  • Oppose privatization of government hospitals
  • Strengthen government hospitals’ services including free medicines to patients
  • Upgrade government health centers and facilities


  • “Food for School Program” – provide free breakfast and lunch for publicelementary and high school students
  • Strengthen linkages between government agencies and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in Research and Development
  • Upgrade the salary grade of Teachers’ entry level from SG 10 to 18
  • Establish special education centers for special students in every DepEd school division through the enactment of Special Education Act
  • Enact Magna Carta for Students


  • Enact the National Land Use Act (NaLUA) and the Forest Preservation and Rehabilitation Act
  • Enact “Araw ng Kalikasan” for tree-planting and other environmental activities, and Magna Carta for Environment and Natural Resources Personnel Act (to protect and give benefits to environmental workers)
  • Establish more Protected Areas
  • Strengthen the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management capability of all LGUs
  • Monitor strictly the implementation of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Solid Waste Management Act


  • Enact the enabling law on the Framework Agreement on the proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region
  • Implement the Mindanao Railway System
  • Strengthen the cooperative sector
  • Amend the Consumer Protection Law to enhance consumer protection


  • Establish “food corridor” in every region
  • Establish also agricultural centers in every region and focus government funding in these areas
  • Enact the Agricultural and Fisheries Mechanization Act
  • Re-nationalize the municipal agricultural officers
  • Increase the real property tax on idle private agricultural lands


End the silence of the gagged!

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