Issue of October 13, 2013
     
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Solon cites gains in first 100 days as member of Congress
by Harley F. Palangchao

The filing of nine house bills and co-authoring of seven others are among the accomplishments cited by Baguio Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr. during his first 100 days in Congress.

Aliping said the bills that seek to establish the Pamantasan ng Baguio and the Freedom of Information Bill, which he co-authored, are among the quality legislations that will benefit not only Baguio residents but also the Filipino nation when approved.

But Aliping said one of the highlights of his administration during the first 100 days is the promotion of transparency and accountability in governance, which he vowed when he took his oath as the city’s lone representative more than three months ago.

One of the programs that promote transparency in the release of congressional funds is the establishment the Congressman’s Social Responsibility Foundation to cater to the needs of constituents that cannot be accommodated in the regular course of his official functions.

“The foundation will operate independently but will be guided by the same principle of transparency and accountability,” he said.

The city solon also reported his bid to re-file the bill that seeks to revise the century-old city charter, saying it will address the concerns raised by President Benigno Aquino III in his veto message of the earlier version of the bill.

Another  important concern he is working on with Benguet Rep. Ronald Cosalan is the hammering out of a legislation that will provide for a growth corridor for the local government units comprising the BLISTT.

BLISTT stands for Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay.

Coordination with other Cordillera legislators is also being done by his office in   relation to the revived quest to achieve autonomy in the Cordillera by calling for more extensive information, education, and consultation campaign.

Aliping added he was able to secure the commitment of the secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications during the budget deliberation in the Committee on Appropriations to provide funding for the rehabilitation and upgrading of the Loakan Airport.

He acknowledged that concerned quarters expected he could have done more in his first 100 days but he appealed for more time.

“By now, expectations are high that results are to be delivered in much the same way as it is expected of an elected chief executive to deliver. Accomplishments in the legislature, though, are not immediately apparent,” Aliping said.


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