"Hon. Danton Q. Bueser, 12th Congress"
www.congress.gov.ph CURRICULUM VITAE HON. DANTON Q. BUESER Representative, Third District of Laguna ______________________________________ EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND Post Graduate : BACHELOR OF LAWS Far Eastern University, Manila, 1975 Placed 17th in the 1975 Bar Examinations College : BACHELOR OF ARTS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE, San Sebastian College, Manila 1971 Secondary : Ateneo de San Pablo, San Pablo City 1966 Elementary : Ambray Elementary School, San Pablo City, 1962 PUBLIC SERVICE BACKGROUND Assistant Majority Leader, House of Representatives, 12th Congress Congressman, Third District of Laguna, 11th and 12th (present) Congresses Chairman, 12th Congress House Committee on Poverty Alleviation; Sub-committee on Administration of Justice, Committee on Justice; Sub-committee on Teacher’s Welfare, Committee on Higher Education Vice Chairman, 12th Congress House Committees on Justice, Higher Education and Constitutional Amendments; Sub-committees on Migrant Workers, Committee on Labor; Customs and Internal Revenues, Committee on Ways and Means; State Colleges and Universities, Committee on Higher Education Member, 12th Congress House Committees on Accounts; National Defense; Ways and Means; Foreign Affairs; Labor and Employment; Local Government; Suffrage and Electoral Reforms; Banks and Financial Intermediaries; Agriculture; Food and Fisheries Member, House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal, October 1998 to February 2001 www.congress.gov.ph Vice Mayor (2 Consecutive Terms), San Pablo City, Laguna, 1992- 1995 and 1995-1998 Senior Vice President, Vice Mayors League of the Philippines, 1996 Executive Vice President for Administration, Vice Mayors League of the Philippines, 1995 Executive Vice President for Finance, Vice Mayors League of the Philippines, 1995 President, Vice Mayors League of Laguna 1997 Voluntary Arbitrator, Department of Labor, Manila, 1989 to 1998 Trial Attorney, Central Bank.of the Philippines, Manila, 1987 to 1988 Research Attorney, Central Bank of the Philippines, Manila, 1976 to 1987 Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Labor, 1976 AWARDS AND CITATIONS RECEIVED OUTSTANDING FIRST-TERM CONGRESSMAN OF THE YEAR, Congress Magazine and Makati Graduate School, December 2000 OUTSTANDING LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR AND PUBLIC SERVANT OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM, Philippine Media Research and Progress Report, Inc. TOPNOTCH LEGISLATOR, Gladiators Magazine, December 1999 . OUTSTANDING VICE MAYOR OF THE YEAR, Free Media Association of the Philippines, Inc. OUTSTANDING VICE MAYOR, Social Action & Civic Movement, Inc. OUTSTANDING VICE MAYOR, Golden Leadership Award, Social Action and Civic Movement, Inc. OUTSTANDING VICE MAYOR- New Life on Family Development. Youth Council, Inc. OUTSTANDING VICE MAYOR OF THE YEAR, Kabisig Devevelopment Program, Inc. OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVANT (Best in Service for Community Dev’t and Progress), Asia-Pacific Youth Outreach Development, Inc. www.congress.gov.ph OUTSTANDING VICE MAYOR OF THE YEAR, Media Writers Association of the Philippines, Inc. VICE MAYOR OF THE YEAR, The Laguna Score Magazine OUTSTANDING GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL AND PUBLIC SERVANT OF THE YEAR, Charitable and Professional Leaders Civic Organization, Inc. . PRESIDENTIAL CITATION , Rotary Club of San Pablo City SCROLL OF RECOGNITION, Paul Harris Fellows, Rotary Club of San Pablo City South DR. JOSE P. RIZAL IMMORTAL AWARD, Philippine Experimental Education and Research Society, Inc. GAWAD NG PANGULO, National Federation of Women’s Club of the Philippines, San Pablo City Chapter . NAMUMUKOD TANGING KALALAKIHAN NG LUNGSOD, Bigkis Kabataan, Inc. ADOPTED SON OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF VICTORIA, Municipal Government of Victoria ORGANIZATIONAL AFFILIATIONS CHAIRMAN, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, San Pablo City Council PRESIDENT, Phil. Trial Lawyers Association, San Pablo City PAST DIRECTOR, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Laguna Chapter VICE-PRESIDENT, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Laguna Chapter PRESIDENT, San Pablo City Bar Association DIRECTOR-SECRETARY, Malinao Foundation, Inc., San Pablo City DIRECTOR, Rotary Club of San Pablo City South CHAIRMAN, Fund Campaign Committee, Philippine National Red Cross, San Pablo City Chapter DIRECTOR, San Pablo City Tennis Club DIRECTOR, Kiwanis Club of Seven Lakes www.congress.gov.ph DIRECTOR, Ateneo Alumni Association, san Pablo City PERSONAL INFORMATION Date and Place of Birth : March 14, 1951 San Benito, Alaminos, Laguna Spouse : CERES MAUBAN AVANZADO Children : MARIA CARWEENA A. BUESER MARIA COREENA A. BUESER DALTON SAXBE A. BUESER Father : JUDGE FRANCISCO TOLENTINO BUESER (deceased) Mother : PURIFICACION FLORES QUIJANO (deceased) www.congress.gov.ph PLATFORMS OF GOVERNMENT Congressman DANTON Q. BUESER I. EDUCATION ??Conversion of the San Pablo City National School of Arts and Trades into a state polytechnic college o Rationale ? ? There is an urgent need to expand the school, improve its facilities and offer additional curricula to cater to the increasing number of students seeking enrolment in vocational and non-formal courses. The conversion of the school into a polytechnic state university through a law to be passed by Congress is expected to address this concern o Action Taken ? ? Authored House Bill No. 1654, “An Act Converting the San Pablo City National School of Arts and Trades in the City of San Pablo, Province of Laguna into a Polytechnic State University to be known as the Southern Tagalog Polytechnic State University”. The bill was approved on Third and Final Reading by the House of Representatives and transmitted to the Senate, except that the school will only be converted into a polytechnic state college as some requirements for qualification into a university have not been met.. ??Computer Literacy Program o Rationale ? ? Computer literacy is indispensable if we are to prepare our youth for the challenges that lies ahead in the New Millennium. Lack of know-how in information technology is admittedly an impediment to progress in this information age. Yet owing to the dire financial state of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports, it is unable to implement a program geared towards this end on a national scale. Other initiatives must therefore be taken by congressmen to attend to this educational predicament in their respective localities. o Action Taken ? ? Through the Congressional Initiative Fund of the Office of Rep. Danton Q. Bueser, Forty (40) units of Computers have been procured to be distributed to various schools, www.congress.gov.ph learning institutions and local government units in the Third District of Laguna. ??Scholarship Grant and other Privileges to Poor but Deserving Students o Rationale ? ? Statistics show that a great number of our youth have the potential to be of significant contribution to national development in numerous fields if given the opportunity to acquire competitive education. However, statistics also show that only thirty-five percent of our youth are able to attain college education primarily because of poverty. Somewhere, government should undertake programs to address this exigent concern, lest we remain listed among the least developed countries of the world. o Action Taken ? ? Through the initiative of the Office of Representative Danton Q. Bueser, scholarship grants to poor but deserving students have been realized out of the General Fund of the Commission on Higher Education. The scholarship program currently has ninety (ninety) recipients enjoying free tuition and matriculation fees plus a monthly allowance of Two Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (P2,500.00). ??Day Care Centers o Rationale ? ? Day care centers provide our children with substantial groundwork for elementary education. Basic elementary subjects will be a lot easier to comprehend if students have already been taught the fundamentals of reading, mathematics, language and science. o Action Taken ? ? Sixteen (16) Day Care Centers have been constructed through the initiative of the Office of Representative Danton Q. Bueser, twelve (12) of which were realized out of the Congressional Initiative Fund and the other four (4) were sourced from the DSWD through the lobbying of Congressman Bueser. ??Books and Reference Materials for Day Care Centers o Rationale ? ? Day care centers will be less-efficient if they are not equipped with books that would aid pupils in comprehending the subjects taught to them. The availability of books is an indispensable requirement if we www.congress.gov.ph are to maximize the educational opportunities day care centers have to offer. o Action Taken ? ? Five Hundred Thousand Pesos (P500,000.00) worth of books and other reference materials were procured through the Lingap Para sa Mahihirap Fund for the Third District of Laguna. II. SOCIAL SERVICES ??Free Medical Assistance to Indigent Patients o Rationale ? ? One of the most important basic social services that government should strive to effectively deliver is health preservation and protection. Untimely medical attention usually results in death of patients, if not the worsening of a supposedly manageable health concern. Admittedly, the primary reason for untimely medical attention is the lack of financial means to avail of the necessary medical services that are anticipated to remedy a health problem. For this reason, it is incumbent upon the government to undertake free medical assistance projects to abate poverty related diseases and deaths. o Action Taken ? ? About Three Million Fifty Thousand Pesos (P3,050,000.00) has been allocated for the Free Medical Assistance Program through the Congressional Initiative Fund since 1998, i.e., P1,600,000 for the Philippine General Hospital, P350,000 for the Philippine Heart Center, P350,000 for the National Kidney Institute, P300,000 for the San Pablo City District Hospital, P200,000 for the Sta. Cruz Provincial Hospital and P250,000 for the Nagcarlan District Hospital. An average of fifteen indigent patients are avail of the free medical assistance program program in the form of free admission, free medicines, expense-paid laboratory and other medical procedures and other medical and hospital expenses . Approximately two thousand patients have thus far been benefited by the program. ??FOOD SECURITY PROGRAM o Rationale ? ? The undertaking of a food security program is an essential ingredient of the government’s poverty alleviation program. While it is true that the national government has taken action in this regard, the same would not suffice to address this concern on a national www.congress.gov.ph scale. It is thus auspicious that local initiatives are taken to help augment government’s constraints in carrying out this program. o Action Taken ? ? Through the initiative of the Office of Representative Danton Q. Bueser, a total of Three Million Pesos (P3,000,000) have been allocated for the Food Security Program in the form of rice subsidies, Two Million Pesos (P2,000,00) of which was sourced from the Congressional Initiative Fund and One Million (P1,000,000) was released by the DSWD through the lobbying of Representative Bueser. ??SENIOR CITIZENS WELFARE o Actions Taken ? ? Implementation of the Senior Citizens Physical Fitness Program ?? A total amount of Two Hundred Thousand Pesos out of the Congressional Initiative Fund was appropriated for the purchase of a technologically- efficient mobile sound system to be used by senior citizens organizations in the Physical Fitness Program and for other activities that may generate income and help augment the funds for their other related projects. ? ? Construction of a Senior Citizens Multi-Purpose Hall ?? A P500,000.00 worth Multi-Purpose Hall was constructed in the Municipality of Nagcarlan for use by senior citizens organizations in the Third District of Laguna. III. EMPOWERMENT OF THE BARANGAY AS THE BASIC GOVERNMENT UNIT ??Magna Carta for Barangay Tanods o Rationale ? ? Despite the lack of adequate facilities and resources, not to mention the meager allowances that they enjoy, barangay tanod brigades have consistently demonstrated efficiency in the maintenance of public order in some parts of the country where they have been tapped. Regretably, however, sangguniang barangays have always found difficulty in the selection of barangay tanods owing to the refusal of barangay residents to join the tanod brigades. This is because they find low sense of dignity in the work as there have never been, so far, www.congress.gov.ph serious efforts on the part of government to enhance the community sentinel’s social and economic well-being. Hence, the exigency of a legislation aimed at improving the tanod’s economic welfare cannot be disregarded. o Action Taken ? ? Authored House Bill No.7216, “An Act Providing for a Magna Carta for Barangay Tanods” which seeks to grant additional benefits and privileges to barangay tanods in the form of scholarship grants, health and death insurance, protection from political influence, allowances, incentives and other emoluments. The bill also provides for the tanod’s training and skills development to make them better equipped in the maintenance of peace and order. The salient provisions are now incorporated in House Bill No. 11749, a substitute bill that covers all other proposed increases in benefits and privileges of barangay officials. The bill is now a Committee Bill of the House Committee on Local Government with Congressman Bueser as Principal Co-Author. ??Barangay Communication System o Rationale ? ? The availability of an effective communication system is a vital tool in ensuring an efficient delivery of basic social services in the barangays especially in the remote areas. Through this facility, o Action Taken ? ? A total of One Million Pesos (P1,000,000.00) was allocated out of the Congressional Initiative Fund of the Office of Representative Danton Q. Bueser for the procurement of hand-held radios that were distributed among various barangays in the Third District of Laguna. ??Barangay Law Enforcement Program o Rationale ? ? Transportation facilities are essential in the efficient implementation of the Barangay Law Enforcement Program. They are necessary for use by barangay tranod brigades in effectively patrolling the communities to deter the commission of crimes or the disturbance of public order in the barangays. o Action Taken ? ? A total of Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Pesos was allocated out of the Congressional Initiative Fund of the Office of Representative Danton Q. Bueser for the purchase of Twenty-Six (26) “Multi-cab” vehicles to be www.congress.gov.ph distributed to various barangays in the Third District of Laguna. IV. AGRICULTURE ??Procurement of Farm Implements and Equipments o Rationale ? ? The most prevalent problem confronting the agricultural sector, aside from the lack of lands farmers can call their own, is the insufficiency of government support to the sector, more particularly in the form of procurement of farm implements and other equipments. ?? o Action Taken ? ? An appropriation of One Million Pesos (P1,000,000.00) has been appropriated out of the Congressional Initiative Fund for the purchase of the necessary farm implements for farmers organizations in the Third District of Laguna. The implementation of the project is expected to be commenced this summer through the Department of Agriculture. ??Creation of the Philippine Lanzones Authority o Rationale ? ? The Lanzones industry is one of the primary sources of livelihood of a large number of families in the Provinces of Laguna and Quezon and in many parts of Mindanao such as the Province of Camiguin and Misamis Oriental. As the economic well-being of a major part of the country’s population depends to largely on the viability of the industry, it is incumbent upon the government to create a special body tasked to look after the development of the industry especially in the areas of production, processing and marketing. o Action Taken ? ? Authored House Bill No. 9011, “An Act Creating the Philippine Lanzones Authority” which seeks to create a separate and distinct body specially tasked to look after the concerns of the Lanzones industry. The bill is now pending with the House Committee on Government Enterprises and Privatization. ??Construction/Improvement of Farm to Market Roads o Actions Taken ? ? A major part of the Two Hundred Seventy-Two Million Pesos (P272,000,000.00) allocated for various www.congress.gov.ph infrastructure projects for the Third District of Laguna through the initiative of the Office of Representative Danton Q.. Bueser was utilized for the construction and/or improvement of various farm-to-market roads which has benefited major agricultural cmuunities in the entire District. ? ? Authored the following measures: I. House Bill No. 2603 Providing for the Improvement/Concreting of Brgy. Dayap - Nagcarlan Road in the Municipalities of Calauan and Nagcarlan, Laguna II. House Bill No. 3370 Providing for the Improvement/Concreting of Brgy. Kanluran- Kabubuhayan Road in the Municipality of nagcarlan, Laguna III. House Bill No. 3731 Providing for the Improvement/Concreting of Brgy. Sibulan Road in the Municipality of Nagcaralan, Laguna IV. House Bill No. 3770 Providing for the Development/Concreting of Tala Malasena Farm-to Market-Road in the Municpality of Rizal, Laguna The aforementioned house bills were approved by the House Committee on Public Works and Highways and are now awaiting appropriation from the national government. V. ENVIRONMENT PRESERVATION AND PROTECTION ??Amendments to the Law Creating the Laguna Lake Development Authority o Rationale ? ? The jurisdiction of the Laguna Lake Development Authority has been expanded by Executive Order No. 927. For purposes of the LLDA Law, the term “Laguna de Bay Region” now includes the provice of Rizal and Laguna, certain cities and municipalities in Metro Manila and some municipalities in the Provinces of Batangas, Cavite and Quezon. Because of this expanded jurisdiction, the LLDA is unable to discharge its functions effectively. Some of the areas including the Seven Lakes of San Pablo City have been neglected. Proof to this is the continuously deteriorating condition of the Seven Lakes. It is thus necessary to revert back to the local government of San Pablo the jurisdiction over the Seven www.congress.gov.ph Lakes. This is also in consonance with Section 458 of the Local Government Code of 1991. o Action taken ? ? Authored House Bill No. 9096, “An Act Amending Sec. 41, Paragraph 4 of Republic Act 4850” which seeks to exclude San Pablo City from the jurisdiction of the Laguna Lake Development Authority. Initial hearings have already been conducted by the House Committee on Revision of Laws. VI. ELECTORAL REFORMS ??Disqualification from Public Office of Persons Charged with, Detained for or Convicted of Non-Bailable Offenses o Rationale ? ? Experience shows that many constituencies have suffered from deprivation of representation in the political organs of government due to the detention or imprisonment of their duly elected officials for alleged commission of non-bailable offenses. To prevent the recurrence of similar incidents, it is incumbent upon Congress to pass a law barring persons charged with, detained for or convicted of non-bailable offenses from running for public office without prejudice to their qualification in future elections should they be acquitted of the charges against them. o Action taken ? ? Authored House Bill No. 9335, “An Act Disqualifying from Filing Certificates of candidacy Persons Charged with, Detained for or Convicted of Non- Bailable Offenses”. The bill is now pending with the House Committee on Electoral Reforms and Suffrage. VII. MORAL RECOVERY ??Campaign against Drugs o Rationale ? ? The present greatest threat to the moral upbringing of our youth is their vulnerability to drug abuse. Due to drug abuse, we see a youth sector saddled with drug-related unwanted pregnancies, loss of zeal for education, loss of family values and even resort to heinous crimes. While it is the youth that is greatly affected by the proliferation of drugs in the country, other people of varying ages also www.congress.gov.ph demonstrate susceptibility to this societal menace. Statistics show that about sixty-five percent of the heinous crimes being perpetrated by criminal elements are drug-related. Indeed, the impact of drugs on the life of our nation strikes the very core of the sound existence of the nation. o Action Taken ? ? In coordination with the Philippine National Police and with the cooperation of various socio civic organizations, the Office of representative Danton Q. Bueser has initiated a district-wide campaign against drugs. The congressman has affiliated himself with MAD or Mamamayan Ayaw sa Droga and has been very supportive of all its activities in the District.