Neophytes filed 21 of 2,626 Senate bills

Neophyte lawmakers filed 21 of 2,626 bills pending at the Senate according to its Legislative Information System.

Senator Teofisto Guingona III was the author of nine bills. He also wrote 6 of 18 resolutions that he signed.

Guingona, former representative of the 2nd District of Bukidnon, filed seven bills on the national budget.

One bill sought to let accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and people’s organizations (POs) to sit in on congressional budget hearings.

If the bill is passed into law, NGOs and POs will be given a chance to submit alternative budget proposals and position papers at the hearings.

He also filed a bill to end the practice of holding the bicameral conference on the national budget behind closed doors.

“The whole process of budget appropriation and allocation
is for naught if in the end, it is but a handful of people who decide whose budget will be cut and whose budget will be augmented,” he explained.

Guingona also filed a resolution calling
for investigations into the proliferation
of the illegal numbers game jueteng despite a government campaign against it.

Investigations were held by the Senate blue ribbon committee, which he heads.

Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who used to represent the 2nd District of Ilocos Norte, has filed 12 bills since coming to the Senate.

He wrote two of nine resolutions he supported.

He has filed a bill for mandatory continuing education for teachers to help improve the quality of Philippine education.

Under his bill, teachers have to go through at least 36 hours of “continuing education activities” related to teaching every three years.

The senator also filed a bill to require the government to pour funding into the country’s best-performing public schools.

Under his bill, the top-ranked public schools in each region will be given portions of at least P100 million a year from the national budget and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation.

The money will go into converting them into first-class schools “with the best and most advanced methods of instruction, equipment and facilities.”

Marcos has also called for a three-year halt on creating new state universities and colleges (SUCs).

He noted that the country has many SUCs but that allocations for them have been shrinking.

“The unfortunate reality, however, is that the quantity of SUCs does not guarantee quality education,” he said.

Sometimes the paper I work for doesn’t use my stories
as submitted, probably for cause. I’ll post them here,
just so.

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