Beng authors 29 House measures, co-sponsors 146 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 February 2012 13:58

House Deputy Speaker for Mindanao and District I Representative Beng Climaco has authored 29 house measures and co-authored 146 bills and resolutions in 2011, as she fulfills her commitment to come up with legislations and measures to help improve the plight of the constituents.

One measure authored is Republic Act (RA) 10154 enacted on July 14, 2011 which requires all concerned government agencies to ensure the early release of the retirement pay, pensions, gratuities and other benefits of retiring government employees.

“After years of Government Service we have something to look forward to”, the congresswoman stressed.

Another significant legislation that the lady soslon supported is RA 10153 on ARMM synchronized polls, of which Zamboanga City hosted one of the
public hearings which was instrumental in the passage of this law.

A number of the bills Climaco authored await final deliberation in Senate and one of these is House Bill 4480 or the Special Protection of Children in Situations of Armed Conflict Act of 2011.

If approved into law, the proposal would be the first of in the world, as attested by Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy, UN Undersecretary-General and Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.

“This endeavor has been described by the UNICEF as very ambitious”, the congresswoman said.

Another very significant measure that the lady solon co-sponsored is the amendment to the 13-year old AIDS law that will include the putting up of P400 million fund to jumpstart a new National HIV-AIDS plan.

Cong. Climaco said this anti-HIV-AIDS law is an offshoot of her support for the City Health Office and the Multi-sectoral AIDS council.

Local Bills which the District I representative and her counterpart in District II  worked for was the increase of the minimum bed capacity for ZCMC and the creation of four (4) additional branches of Regional Trial Courts which are now in the Senate. These bills of local and national significance are geared to impact the lives of Filipinos from children to adults, she said.

On the peace talks between the GPH and the MILF,  Climaco maintains her strong stand against the inclusion of Zamboanga City or any part of it in any proposed form of government by the MILF.

In 2011, together with Mindanao Development Authority Chairperson, Sec. Lualhati Antonino, Cong. Climaco gathered all Mindanao legislators in a closed door conference with Peace Presidential Adviser Ging Deles and GPH Panel Chairperson Marvic Leonon, to seek updates on the on-going peace talks.  “I reiterated our condition that the negotiations should be undertaken within the framework of the Constitution and that there should be genuine consultations with the various stakeholders and there should be transparency of the whole process”.

As Deputy Speaker supervising the Social Services Cluster of Congress with 12 House Committees under her, Climaco pursued the enactment of two house bills: RA 10151 which takes away the discrimination against women working at night and RA 10152 or the “Mandatory Infants and Children Health Immunization Act of 2011?

Also as an ex-officio member of the House Committee on Justice, the District I  solon voted for the impeachment of former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez.

“I found merit in the form and substance to impeach Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez. My vote was YES in both counts. Thank God she resigned”, Cong. Climaco said as she likewise declared her support to the ongoing impeachment trial on Chief Supreme Court Justice. Likewise, the congresswoman responded to an important call last Dec. 12, 2011 being the 70th signatory of the original 188 members who signed the impeachment complaint with the 8 grounds against Chief Justice Renato Corona.

“As your representative in Congress, I act swiftly in matters that affect our national integrity. We need to make important decisions because YOU, our boss, demand it from us”, she stressed. 

She added: “part of my duty as Deputy Speaker, I served as presiding officer at the plenary for more than 24 session days. I joined the Speaker and other House officials in various congressional meetings with foreign dignitaries while establishing linkages and introducing Zamboanga City to the international community.” — Marvin Segura