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House posts ‘record high’ attendance since July — Gonzales

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A “record high” average of 247 lawmakers have been present at the House of Representatives every session day since the opening of the 18th Congress on July 22, Deputy Speaker Boyet Gonzales said on Wednesday.

“This attendance record is unsurpassed, historic, and a testament to the determination and patriotism of the legislators, under the guidance and leadership of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano,” the House said in a statement.

Gonzales, a Mandaluyong representative who served as Majority Leader in the 16th Congress, commended his colleagues for their dedication to their legislative duties as shown by the impressive attendance record.

“I have been a member of several Congresses, and I am truly elated by the record attendance of House Members of the 18th Congress led by Speaker Cayetano,” he said.

“The high attendance of our colleagues reflects their discipline, hard work, deep passion and great interest to serve the people and enact priority laws that will give them a safe and comfortable life,” Gonzales said.

He noted that despite the spate of holidays last month, representatives chose to attend to their congressional work instead of going on extended break.

For instance, the House recorded a high of 266 attendees during the roll call last August 13, which was the day after the observance of Eid al-Adha Day, and 259 attendees on August 27, a day after the celebration of National Heroes Day.

Gonzales credited Cayetano’s “strong and competent leadership” for keeping the House on track in achieving its legislative agenda and priorities.

“Speaker Cayetano is a working Speaker, administratively and legislatively. He is very hands on. He makes sure that all committees, especially the important and big ones, are handled by qualified House Members,” he said.

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