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Rookie House legislators take crash course in Lawmaking 101

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Rookie House legislators take crash course in Lawmaking 101

The first of three batches of incoming lawmakers started on Monday a three-day executive course on the legislative process conducted by the House of Representatives and the University of the Philippines National College on Public Administration and Governance (UP NCPAG).

The batch consist of 21 first-term House members who will be part of the 18th Congress, which opens on July 22.

On Monday, they were taught how to craft legislative agenda, concepts in Philippine development, democracy, public policy, and the legislative process.

They will participate in a mock House committee hearing on the second day of training on Tuesday and a mock House plenary session on the last day on Wednesday.

First-termers comprise about half, or about 145, of the 300-plus incoming House members in the next Congress, House Secretary General Dante Roberto Maling said.

According to the House schedule, the second batch of neophytes will take the course on June 24 to 26 and the third batch on July 1 to 3.

They are supposed to learn at the end of the course all the basics of policy-making, particularly on development policy, planning and programming for better quality of life, well-being and sustainable human development.”

UP NCPAG dean and professor Maria Fe Villamejor-Mendoza said she hoped the course would help the new lawmakers internalize their new roles as House representatives.

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