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Sunday, November 30, 2008

House panel approves establishment of legislative academy

The House Committee on Civil Service and Professional Regulation has approved the passage of a proposed measure establishing the Philippine Legislative Academy (PLA).

A report posted on the Congress website on Saturday said House Bill No. 5001, authored principally by Speaker Prospero Nograles, is meant to create a corps of career professionals who are experts in legislative work that will provide strategic technical legislative services to lawmakers.

Representative Milagros Magsaysay (1st District, Zambales), a co-author of the bill, said that most of the legislative employees in the House are actually very competent and very professional.

"As a matter of fact, I commend most of them because they know the bills by heart and they know the pieces of legislation filed by previous Congresses," she said.

However, she said there is a need to put up a legislative academy for employees so that their jobs will be made easier and they will be able to perform to the optimum level.

"Besides, being part of the legislative branch of government is already a battle in itself. Thus, we should make sure and ensure that our employees in Congress would have the proper know-how and proper education as far as furthering and enhancing their knowledge with regards to their legislative functions," she said.

Moreover, representatives from the Career Executive Service Board, Civil Service Commission, and the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) have unanimously supported the bill.

"We do not see any conflict and we appreciate the fact that the legislature is already doing its part in professionalizing its ranks, so I see this opportunity for far improvement of the governance of our country," said DAP President and CEO Antonio Kalaw.

The other authors of the bill are Reps. Arthur D. Defensor Sr. (3rd District, Iloilo), Neptali M. Gonzales II (Lone District, Mandaluyong), Jesus Crispin C. Remulla (3rd District, Cavite), and Marcelino R. Teodoro (1st District, Marikina City). - Kimberly Jane T. Tan, GMANews.TV

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