Neophyte lawmakers should do their best in the House of Representatives in upgrading legislation so that the 16th Congress will be even better than its predecessor,” Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said Wednesday.
Belmonte made the call during the 3rd day of the crash course for the new legislators organized by the House leaders and the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance.
“Our personal responsibility to the nation is to share new ideas and initiatives for the service to the people,” Belmonte said.
There are 66 rookie lawmakers who will become members of the 16th Congress, but only 32 of them attended the crash course.
The modules on the course include: working knowledge of the theories, concepts, and dynamics of legislation, specifically in the context of the strategic development of the Philippines and the participants’ legislative districts.
There are lectures on the Philippine Administrative System, Philippine Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the Economy, roles/ challenges facing Philippine legislators, the national budget process, role of Congress in the budget process, negotiating the legislative mill, working with the executive agencies to provide constituent needs and working with peers.
Belmonte also urged the party-list lawmakers to use their PDAF not only for the benefit of their constituents but for the welfare of the whole country as well. Each lawmaker is entitled to P70 million for of PDAF every year, broken down to P35 million for soft projects (educational and medical assistance) and P35 million for hard projects (roads, bridges, buildings).