Wednesday, September 9, 2009

SENATOR BENIGNO “NOYNOY” S. AQUINO III ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN PUBLIC SERVICE

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I've been hearing a lot of chatter over the world wide web about Noynoy Aquino's bid for the presidential post.

Does Noynoy have the political experience and credentials? What bills has he passed? Does Noynoy have enough support nationally to run an effective presidential campaign?

There are views that think he was pushed into his 09.09.09 declaration, that he is not a willing candidate, and for that why vote for someone who doesn't want to be the president in the first place? Others believe that his appeal can only be attributed to his iconic parents and that it would dissipate in the heat of a presidential run.

To put these Noynoy sentiments into one cohesive idea, let's take a tweet from Twitter: "That's how desperate we Pinoys are. Credentials takes a back seat over integrity and good character. If only we can have both."

Noynoy Aquino is our generation's catalyst. He is our rallying point. Indeed, he is the product of icons, can you blame him that? His mother as well was an unwilling candidate, but they both see what is at risk.

I am not desperate. I am hopeful. This is our generation, we are the hammers that will forge our legacy, we look beyond 2010.

It is our time.

This will be my mantra:
I am a state of mind, an aspiration, an ideology.
I am a concept that is made tangible to elicit a reaction, a response, a movement.
I am an abstract that is made real to inspire, to light fires, to feed your senses.
I am a value that is brought to life, to pry open your eyes and cure your apathy.

This is our generation, this is our legacy.


Information below provided by Mai Mislang. Thank you Mai!

SENATOR BENIGNO “NOYNOY” S. AQUINO III ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN PUBLIC SERVICE

Senator Noynoy Aquino is vigilant in his pursuit of truth, justice and freedom, the fundamental principles that make democracy work in this country that his parents had likewise fought hard to restore. His commitment to preserve, strengthen and continue their legacy is evident in his accomplishments.

I. Positions held
Chairman, Committee on Local Government
Co-chair, Committee on Justice and Human Rights

II. Committee Membership
• Accounts
• Economic Affairs
• Education, Arts and Culture
• Environment and Natural Resources
• Government Corporations and Public Enterprises
• Justice and Human Rights
• National Defense and Security
• Peace, Reunification and Reconciliation
• Public Works
• Trade and Commerce
• Urban Planning, Housing and Development
• Ways and Means
• Youth, Women and Family Relations

III. Senate Bills
Senate Bill No. 1370 – an act granting an annual productivity incentive to all workers in the private sector, establishing mechanisms for its implementation, and for other purposes

Senate Bill No. 1719 – an act limiting the re-appointment of presidential nominees by-passed by the Commission on Appointments (CA)

Senate Bill No. 1710 – an act banning the re-appointment of a regular member of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) who has already served the full term

Senate Bill No. 2035 – an act requiring the regular maintenance and preservation of all public infrastructures, establishing mechanisms for its implementation and for other purposes

Senate Bill No. 2036 – an act increasing the penalties for non-compliance of the prescribed increases and adjustments in the wage rates of workers, amending for the purpose Republic Act No. 6727

Senate Bill 2159 – an act adopting the doctrine of superior responsibility to all actions involving military personnel, members of the Philippine National Police and other civilians involved in law enforcement

Senate Bill 2160 – an act amending Section 4 of RA 9184, otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act to further restrict exemptions to the requirement of public bidding

Senate Bill 2978 – an act amending the DILG Act to further clarify the relationship between local chief executives and their respective local police chiefs

Senate Bill 3121 – the Budget Impoundment Control Act, which seeks to strengthen legislative oversight over executive spending

IV. Senate Resolutions
Senate Resolution No. 190 – investigating the exercise and implementation of the powers of local chief executives under Republic Act 7160 otherwise known as the “Local Government Code of 1991” in relation to Republic Act 6975 known as the “Philippine National Police (PNP) Law”
and Republic Act 8551 known as “The PNP Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998”

Senate Resolution No. 205 – investigating the bomb explosion at the House of Representatives, condemning in the strongest possible terms the recent bombing at the House of Representatives, extending sympathies to the victims and calling on authorities to conduct a swift and thorough investigation into this incident

Senate Resolution No. 229 – directing the appropriate Senate committees to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the circumstances leading to the arrest and ‘processing’ of journalists and media personalities after the Manila Peninsula standoff on 29 November 2007

V. Fiscalizer
The responsibilities of a senator go beyond the drafting of legislation or the creation of policies. As a true representative of the people, Senator Aquino has consistently voiced his concerns on several issues, drawing attention to the anomalies in our current administration.

2009 General Appropriations Act (GAA)
By vigorously examining the General Appropriations Act for 2009 submitted by the Executive, Senator Aquino was able to propose key amendments to the 2009 GAA that seek to tighten congressional oversight on the executive’s use of public funds.

Champion of Human Rights and People’s Participation
At the heart of all legislative and policy-making initiatives is the development and welfare of the people. Senator Aquino has sought the proper relocation of informal settlers and the delineation of authority of parties involved in demolitions such as the MMDA. The bill amending the UDHA is currently underway.

Through his privilege speeches, Senator Aquino has drawn attention to the plight of desaparecidos and victims of extra-judicial killings. He introduced substantial amendments to the Cooperative Code to make it more responsive to the needs of the marginalized sector for which the code was enacted. They are meant to strengthen the cooperative movement by providing for transparent measures for members and officers of cooperatives.

He is also part of the bicameral debates on the Anti-Torture Act.

Accountability to the People
Senator Aquino actively participated in the hearings that investigated a number of reported scandals involving the alleged misuse of public funds, such as the ZTE-NBN deal, the Euro Generals and the Fertilizer Fund scam. These hearings brought to light the need for increased transparency and accountability in the disbursal of taxpayers’ money.

Integrity of the Senate
The series of scandals that stain the reputation of our government has also challenged the Senate of the Philippines as an institution. The recent attempts to amend the Constitution, for instance, have compelled our Senators, including Senator Aquino, to firmly assert their defiant stand on this issue.

Energy Sector
Senator Aquino has been vigilant in the hearings regarding the sale of TRANSCO and PNOC-EDC. Much of his time and energy was spent on the EPIRA and TRANSCO amendments, questioning the sale of revenue-generating assets prior to the privatization of key government corporations. Senator Aquino sought clarification as to whether the sales of these assets were part of a long-term energy development plan or not to ensure that the long-term impact of losing these assets have been considered prior to their sales.

National Integrity
Senator Aquino voted “NO” to the controversial JPEPA because he believed that the Filipino people deserved a better negotiated and mutually beneficial treaty.

VI. Institution builder
Last but not least, Senator Aquino has dedicated his life in public service to strengthening our democratic institutions. Principal among these is his commitment to a genuine party system in the Philippines, as reflected in his membership in and strong commitment to the Liberal Party.

• Executive Vice President, December 18, 2007 to present
• Vice Chairman, March 17, 2006 to December 17, 2007
• Secretary General, 2004 to March 16, 2006
• Vice-Pres. for Luzon, 2002-2004
• Secretary General, 1999-2002
• Chairman of the Board, Central Luzon Congressional Caucus

VII. Accomplishments as three-term member of the House of
Representatives:

A. Positions held

Deputy Speaker, 13th Congress

B. Committee Membership

13th Congress
• Banks & Financial Intermediaries
• Energy
• Export Promotion
• Public Order & Safety

12th Congress
• Civil, Political & Human Rights
• Good Government
• Inter-Parliamentary Relations & Diplomacy
• Public Order & Security

11th Congress
• Agriculture
• Appropriations
• Banks & Financial Intermediaries
• Civil, Political & Human Rights (Vice-Chairman)
• Natural Resources
• Peoples’ Participation
• Public Order & Security
• Suffrage and Electoral Reforms
• Trade & Industry
• Transportation & Communications

C. Priority Bills
• House Bill No. 4251 – granting annual productivity incentives to all workers in the private sector

• House Bill No. 4397 – strengthening the regulatory power of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to effectively enforce consumer laws

• House Bill No. 4252 – increasing the penalties for non-compliance of the prescribed increases and adjustments in the wage rates of workers

• House Bill No. 3616 – extending the reglementary period for the educational qualification for PNP members

• House Bill No. 1842 – providing for the codification of criminal laws

D. Resolutions
• House Resolution No. 65 – inquiry in aid of legislation into the policies and processes of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) in granting rate increases to electric utilities

• House Resolution No. 788 – creating a select Congressional
Oversight Committee on intelligence funds to check and study the use of intelligence funds by government agencies to ensure that funds allocated therefore are utilized for the purpose they are intended

E. Other legislation
a. Introduced an amendment in the General Appropriations Act requiring public bidding in the purchase of petroleum, oil and lubricant products for the Department of National Defense

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17 comments:

  1. thanks for posting this! noynoy's time is now, indeed :)

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  2. Though the above mentioned accomplishments are only Bills and Resolutions, it shows the work that has been put in.

    It takes the Senate and the Congress to pass it into law. This shows Noynoy's unwavering affiliations and strong principles. The majority at those times were probably against all of his bills and resolutions.

    I believe that there will be a snowball effect of support for his bid for the Presidential post.

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  4. Thanks for posting! If it be true that Noynoy's popularity could fade as 2010 draws near, then it's our time to take the tides to the opposite direction. I am a willing supporter. A small voice, I may be, but I believe I'm not alone. If many small voices would shout one name, then we'll get everyone else to hear us. All we need is to believe that Noynoy is our uniting force, our hope after every shot (the strong arm of ramos, the masa power of erap, and the intellect of gloria) has failed, and let us influence other voters to be as rational as we are. Finally, let's integrate prayers into our efforts. So far, prayer has been our strongest weapon. God, hear us.

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  5. It behooves us to continue to fight for the motherland. Cory Aquino was a simple housewife who, like her son, did not have the aspiration to be in the political arena, much less, be the very first lady president of our country but she became an instrument of hope for every Filipino. It is my hope that Noynoy will continue the fight that his parents left behind...to bring down the tyrant and save the motherland.

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  6. @edsregine:

    You are welcome! And I agree. Though we are but small voices, we can make a difference and be heard.

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  7. @monette:

    I believe it is the hope of a large number of us Filipinos as well. Thank you for the comment!

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  8. I can't believe how uneducated the comments here are.

    The amount of work Noynoy has done in the Seante can be barely called work at all.

    We should learn to research, before we put our hopes on something. If not, then HOPE IS ALL THAT WE WILL EVER HAVE.

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  10. If he cant push that 9 bills into law,how can he fulfill his promise of a prosperous country and honest government.Maybe he really is a principled man but obviously he don't have the skills.The Presidency requires more than words.A president needs to have a skill to lead and an outstanding track record to confirm he can really do what he is saying.Mr.Aquino dont have that record.Only bills and committee memberships.Everyone in congress are members of a committee.His track record is comparable to a fresh college grad.

    Dont be fooled by promises.Anyone can say he can bake a cake.We need proof if he really can.ACTA NON VERBA!

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  11. I am saddened by the comments here as well.

    I hope those "small" voices have great insight to see that Noynoy is a big mistake waiting to happen.

    This is just sad.

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  12. I agree to you fauxx! Noynoy is a big mistake.

    He is not consistent in everything. He was a slacker before Cory died. But when announced that he will run, he made lots of promises and deals with the people. It just shows that it is not his true self. If you call it change on oneself, I'll tell you, change takes time! You can't change yourself overnight and you should be consistent if you promise change.

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  13. I agree with the latter comments. Lito Lapid was even able to pass a bill into law! Aquino was a mediocre senator. It is so unfortunate that many people are considering him to take the palace seat. 6 years of "nothingness" for the Philippines!!! that makes me wish that 2012 was true LOL

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  14. well you forfot that LITO LAPID is with the administration. Well if you don't own the numbers then that law will never be passed

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  15. I agree.. Ninoy is really a big mistake.
    Just like when employers are looking for employees, they will be looking into credentials and performance. What will you do with a non-performer president?

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  16. Try doing something worthwhile at least once in your life like using the keyboard to look up candidates' credentials and reading everything about them. Analize, criticize and compare then maybe you won't make unfounded judgments.

    http://noynoy.ph/blog/2010/04/18/noynoy-aquino-legislative-record/

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