DESPITE being a neophyte lawmaker Lipa City Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto has been given a House committee to chair.
During Tuesday’s session, Santos-Recto was elected chairwoman of the House committee on civil service and professional regulation.
Santos-Recto in an interview vowed to fulfill the mandate given to her by her constituents in the newly-created district in the province of Batangas, which she had served as governor for nine years.
The award-winning actress started in politics as Lipa City mayor serving for three terms. She also had an outstanding career in show business, earning the monicker Star for All Seasons.
Meanwhile, former Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. was named chairman of the newly-created special committee, the West Philippine Sea.
Belmonte is part of the Philippine delegation that brought a case against China before the United Nations Arbitration Committee over the South China Sea territorial issue.
Others elected as committee chairpersons were AGAP Rep. Rico Geron (cooperative development); Nueva Ecija Rep. Estrellita Suansing (ecology); Zambales Rep. Cheryl Deloso-Montalla (human rights); ACT Teacher Rep. Antonio Tino (public information); and Negros Occidental Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva (food security).
Majority Leader Rodolfo Farinas said that there are only four standing committees and two special committees left for distribution as the budget deliberations will start next week.
These committees are Banks, Good Government, Higher Education, and Public Works and Highways, Bicol Recovery and Climate Change.
Farinas also said that the House has yet to appoint three members to the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET), which will handle election-related protest cases involving members of Congress.