Angara, De Venecia most prolific members of Congress in recent yearsBy Cynthia D. Balana |Philippine Daily Inquirer
Aurora Representative Juan Edgardo Angara and former Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. topped the list of “prolific and hardworking members” of the House of Representatives for filing the most number of bills of national importance that were enacted into law in the 14th and 13th Congresses, respectively.
A report by the House Indexing and Monitoring Group of the Bills and Index Department showed that in the 14th Congress of 2007-2010, Angara, then deputy majority floor leader, filed 10 national bills that eventually became laws of the land.
Among these measures that were signed into law by the President of the Philippines were the Magna Carta of Women, Pre-Need Code of the Philippines, Real Estate Investment Trust, Civil Aviation Authority Act and Personal Equity and Retirement Account (Pera) Act.
Coming in behind Angara was former Speaker Prospero Nograles who filed five bills that became law, while Representatives Rozzano Rufino Biazon (lone district, Muntinlupa City), Roilo Golez (2nd district, Parañaque City), Eduardo Zialcita (1st district, Parañaque City) and Junie Cua (lone district, Quirino) all filed four bills each to share the third spot.
In the 13th Congress (2004-2007), De Venecia along with Representative Raul del Mar (1st district, Cebu) and Representative Joey Salceda (3rd district, Albay) all topped the list after principally authoring four bills of nationwide significance.
Behind them was Representative Jesli Lapus (3rd district, Tarlac) with three bills signed into law, while Angara, Representative Cynthia Villar (lone district, Las Piñas City) and Representative Rolando Andaya Jr. (1st district, Camarines Sur) came in third with two measures each signed into law.