Rep. Rodel M. Batocabe

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“The easiest, cheapest and honorable way to fight poverty and move up the socio-economic ladder is through education. Hence, making quality education  accessible to all, especially the masses, should not only be an advocacy of AKO BICOL but must be its continuous and  firm commitment so long as there are still people hoping and dreaming to escape from the clutches of poverty.”

-Hon. Rodel M. Batocabe


Hon. Rodel M. Batocabe is a member of the Philippine House of Representatives-17th Congress, and is now on his 3rd term under AKO BICOL PARTYLIST.

Rodel M. Batocabe, a lawyer by profession, graduated valedictorian from Aquinas University Science Oriented High School. He finished his Economics and Bachelor of Laws degrees (both With Honors) at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. He also took his Master’s in Public Administration from the State University. As a working student while in law school, he worked in Congress as researcher and eventually promoted as Legislative Staff Chief. An advocate of various Bicolano causes, Batocabe has been very active in various Bicolano organizations since his college days.


House Committee Vice-Chairman:
-Dangerous Drugs

House Committees Member:
-House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal
-Joint Congressional Power Commission
-Health
-Games and Amusement
-Justice
-Ways and Means
-Energy
-Natural Resources
-Legislative Franchises
-Housing and Urban Development
-Tourism
-Transportation

Deputized Member:
(representing the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education):
-Board of Regents, Bicol University
-Board of Regents, Central Bicol State University of Agriculture
-Board of Regents, Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology

President:
-Party List Coalition Foundation

Member:
-Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development
-Global Legislators Organization


PRINCIPAL AUTHOR/CO-AUTHOR OF FOLLOWING LAWS:

-Republic Act No. 10692
Modernization Of The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical And Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)

-Republic Act No. 10687
A Comprehensive And Unified Student Financial Assistance System For Tertiary Education (UNIFAST)

-Republic Act No. 10691
Defining The Role Of The Department Of Labor And Employment (Dole), The Local Government Units (LGUS), And Accredited Nongovernment Organizations (NGOS) In The Establishment And Operation Of The Public Employment Service Office (Peso), And The Operation Of Job Placement Offices In Educational Institutions (EIS)

-Republic Act No. 10679
Promoting Entrepreneurship And Financial Education Among Filipino Youth

-Republic Act No. 10668
Allowing Foreign Vessels To Transport And Co-Load Foreign Cargoes For Domestic Transshipment

-Republic Act No. 10667
Prohibiting Anti-Competitive Agreements, Abuse Of Dominant Position And Anti-Competitive Mergers And Acquisitions, and Establishing The Philippine Competition Commission

-Republic Act No. 10660
Strengthening Further The SANDIGANBAYAN

-Republic Act No. 10654
Prevent, Deter And Eliminate Illegal, Unreported And Unregulated Fishing

-Republic Act No. 10638
Extending The Corporate Life Of The Philippine National Railways For Another Fifty (50) Years

-Republic Act No. 10648
Providing Scholarship Grants To Top Graduates Of All Public High Schools In State Universities And Colleges

-Republic Act No. 10649
Increasing The Burial Assistance For Veterans

-Republic Act No. 10650
Expanding Access To Educational Services By Institutionalizing Open Distance Learning In Levels Of Tertiary Education

-Republic Act No. 10643
Graphic Health Warnings On Tobacco

-Republic Act No. 10642
Strengthening Consumer Protection In The Purchase Of Brand New Motor Vehicles

-Republic Act No. 10635
Establishing The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) As The Single Maritime Administration Responsible For Seafarers

-Republic Act No. 10575
Strengthening The Bureau Of Corrections (BUCOR)

-Republic Act No. 10532
Institutionalizing The Philippine National Health Research System

-Republic Act No. 10533
Enhancing The Philippine Basic Education System By Strengthening Its Curriculum And Increasing The Number Of Years For Basic Education

-Republic Act No. 10590
Amending the Overseas Absentee Voting Act

-Republic Act No. 10620
Providing For Toy And Game Safety Labeling

-Republic Act No. 10174
Establishing The People’s Survival Fund To Effectively Address The Problem Of Climate Change

-Republic Act No. 10531
Strengthening The National Electrification Administration

-Republic Act No. 10361
Instituting Policies For The Protection And Welfare Of Domestic Workers

-Republic Act No. 1059
Amending the Act Providing For The Regulation Of The Cutting Of Coconut Trees and Its Replenishment

-Republic Act No. 10606
Amending The National Health Insurance Act

-Republic Act No. 10351
Restructuring The Excise Tax On Alcohol And Tobacco Products

-Republic Act No. 10627
Requiring All Elementary And Secondary Schools To Prevent And Address Bullying

-Republic Act No. 10536
Amending The Meat Inspection Code

-Republic Act No. 10623
Amending the Consumer protection law

-Republic Act No. 10354
Providing For A National Policy On Responsible Parenthood And Reproductive Health

-Republic Act No. 10229
Converting The Catanduanes State Colleges Into A State University

-Republic Act No. 10150
Extending The Implementation Of The Lifeline Rate

-Republic Act No. 10372
Amending The Intellectual Property Code

-Republic Act No. 10353
Defining And Penalizing Enforced Or Involuntary Disappearance


PRIORITY BILLS FOR THE 17TH CONGRESS

• HB132
ESTABLISHMENT OF DRUG REHABILITATION CENTERS IN EVERY LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT OF THE COUNTRY

• HB133
ENHANCING THE NATIONAL INTEGRATED PROTECTED AREAS SYSTEM (NIPAS)

• HB134
STRENGTHENING THE PARTY-LIST SYSTEM

• HB135
ESTABLISHMENT OF CREMATORIES IN EVERY LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT OF THE COUNTRY

• HB136
REDUCING THE OPTIONAL RETIREMENT AGE TO 56 YEARS OLD

• HB523
ESTABLISHING THE FILIPINO IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM

• HB524
MANDATORY PHILHEALTH COVERAGE FOR ALL PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

• HB525
MAGNA CARTA OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERY DEVELOPMENT WORKERS

• HB526
TO ABOLISH THE IRRIGATION SERVICE FEES IMPOSED ON FARMERS

• HB527
ESTABLISHING THE NATIONAL COASTAL GREENBELT PROGRAM

• HB528
AMENDING THE CORPORATION CODE OF THE PHILIPPINES

• HB529
TO REDUCE THE SENIOR CITIZEN AGE FROM SIXTY (60) TO FIFTY-SIX (56)

• HB530
RURAL EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

• HB531
REGULATING PRODUCTS WITH HIGH SODIUM CONTENT

• HB532
REGULATING ELECTRONIC SMOKING DEVICES


OTHER BILLS FILED FOR THE 17TH CONGRESS:

• HB799
MAKING THE POSITION OF THE MUNICIPAL AGRICULTURIST MANDATORY

• HB800
EXPANDING THE JURISDICTION OF THE COURT OF APPEALS

• HB801
GRANTING DISCOUNT PRIVILEGES AND OTHER BENEFITS TO PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS

• HB802
ABOLISHING THE NATIONAL COORDINATING AND MONITORING BOARD AND CREATING THE NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

• HB803
DEFINING AND PENALIZING THE CRIME OF BULLYING OF THE MARGINALIZED, OPPRESSED AND POWERLESS

• HB804
EFFECTIVE ENFORCEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS

• HB805
MANDATING ALL SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES TO ESTABLISH AN AREA-SPECIFIC DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT AND EDUCATION PROGRAM

• HB806
INSTITUTING A PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND GOVERNANCE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

• HB807
ALLOWANCES FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE CITIZENS ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES

• HB808
THE REGULATION OF THE ESTABLISHMENT AND OPERATION OF LICENSURE EXAMINATION REVIEW CENTERS AND SIMILAR ENTITIES

• HB809
FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

• HB810
CULTURE AND GENDER SENSITIVITY PROGRAM FOR ALL ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

• HB811
ABOLISHING REGULAR MANDATORY CONTRIBUTIONS IMPOSED ON THE PHILIPPINE CHARITY SWEEPSTAKES OFFICE (PCSO)

• HB812
REQUIRING ALL GOVERNMENT AND NON-GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND ESTABLISHMENTS TO ADOPT POLICIES FOR ENERGY CONSERVATION AND EFFICIENT ENERGY UTILIZATION

• HB813
FREE COLLEGE EDUCATION TO ONE (1) PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE IN A FAMILY

• HB814
PROHIBITING THE SELLING AND RETAILING OF USED COOKING OIL FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION

• HB815
REQUIRING ALL GOVERNMENT AND NON-GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND ESTABLISHMENTS TO ADOPT POLICIES TO PREVENT AND ADDRESS THE ACTS OF BULLYING

• HB816
CREATING THE NATIONAL SANITATION COORDINATING COUNCIL

• HB817
ENSURE THE CONTINUED FINANCIAL CAPACITY OF INSURERS TO PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR RISKS FROM TERRORISM

• HB818
REQUIRING THE DISCLOSURE OF ALL CHARGES IN BILLING STATEMENTS ISSUED BY WATER, POWER AND ELECTRIC LIGHT, WIRE OR WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS, AND WIRE OR WIRELESS BROADCASTING UTILITIES

• HB819
CREATING A PROFESSIONAL REGULATORY BOARD OF STEM CELL THERAPY

• HB820
REQUIRING STATE UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES TO PREPARE AND IMPLEMENT A LAND USE DEVELOPMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN WHICH INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF DORMITORIES FOR STUDENTS AND HOUSING SITES FOR EMPLOYEES

• HB821
CREATING THE DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES AND AQUATIC RESOURCES


PRINCIPAL AUTHOR/CO-AUTHOR OF FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS (16th Congress)

• HR 2256:
Investigation Of The Sudden Proliferation Of Investment Scams In The Country

• HR 2198:
Highly Commending Dean Raul Pangalangan For Being Elected As A Judge To The International Criminal Court (ICC)

• HR 1974:
The Implementing Rules And Regulations For The Recovery Costs In The Event Of The Need To Relocate The Electric Cooperatives’ Distribution/Transmission Lines

• HR 1581:
Commending Task Force Kapatid And Thousands Of Its Unsung Volunteers For Their Heroism, Selflessness And Sacrifice Beyond The Call Of Duty in Immediately Restoring Power In Disaster-Ravaged Areas

• HR 1263:
Awarding Dr. Helena Zoila Benitez With The Congressional Medal of Achievement

• HR 1351:
An Inquiry Into The Capacity And Readiness Of Appropriate Government Agencies In Dealing With Forest Fires

• HR 1303:
Condemning The Shooting Down Of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17

• HR 1434:
Commending The Filipino UN Peacekeepers Who Held Their Ground Against The Attack Of Syrian Rebels

• HR 1239:
An Inquiry Into The Policies Implemented To Prevent The Spread Of And/Or Totally Eradicate The Coconut Scale Insect

• HR 973:
To Confer To Nora Aunor The Honor Of Being Named As A National Artist Of The Philippines For Her Invaluable Contributions To Philippine Arts

• HR 927:
An Investigation On The Nature, Conditionalities, Account, And Unwarranted Mandatory Creation Of The Travel Fund In The Cancellation Of Flights

• HR 822:
Commending Mr. Michael Christian Martinez For Representing The Philippines In The 2014 Winter Olympics

• HR 679:
To Order Mining Companies Operating In The Caraga Region To Submit A Report On Their Respective Environmental Protection Programs And Measures

• HR 678:
Commending Ms. Rose ‘Osang’ Fostanes For Winning The X Factor Israel On 2014

• HR 676:
An Inquiry On The Reported Loss Of P1.3 Trillion In Government Revenue Due To Smuggling

• HR 647:
Commending Ms. Bea Rose Santiago For Her Achievement In Winning The Miss International Beauty 2013

• HR 603:
Condemning The Terrorist Attack In Yemen Which Killed Seven Filipinos

• HR 289:
To Include In The Visa Waiver Program The Chinese Nationals Coming To The Philippines Via Charter Flights For Tourism Purposes

• HR 104:
An Inquiry On The Moratorium On The Acceptance Of New Applications/Petitions For The Issuance Of A Certificate Of Public Convenience (Cpc)

• HR 93:
Feasibility Of Enforcing A ‘Kill Switch’ For Mobile Phones Or Other Devices To Prevent Mobile Phone Theft And Other Crimes

• HR 72:
Inquiry Into The Mechanisms To Improve The Implementation Of The Batas Kasambahay

• HR 24:
To Design, Initiate And Implement A National Energy Conservation Program Involving All Levels Of Government And Its Instrumentalities

• HR 23:
To Minimize, If Not Totally Eradicate, The Social Costs Of Migration Among Filipino Overseas Workers


INTERNATIONAL SEMINARS AND CONFERENCE ATTENDED

• Delegate, ASIAN Leadership Conference, December 16-19, 2016, Thailand

• Delegate, ASEAN Inter-parliamentary Assembly, September 29-October 4, Myanmar

• Delegate, HelpAge Asia-Pacific Region Conference on the Economic Implications of Ageing, September 6-8, 2016, Vietnam

• Delegate, Global Parliamentary Conference of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank & International Monetary Fund (IMF), April 12-13, 2015, Washington D.C.

• Delegate, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP) 20/ CMP9 Summit, December 1-12, 2014, Lima, Peru

• Delegate, Meeting of AFFPD Male Standing Committee on Prevention of Violence Against Women, October 26, 2014, Siem Reap, Cambodia

• Delegate, Regional Parliamentarians Meeting on Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls, October 24-25, 2014, Siem Reap, Cambodia

• Delegate, ASEAN Parliamentarians-CSO Workshop on Migration addressing SRHR Issues, October 23, 2014, Siem Reap, Cambodia

• Participant, Committee on Housing and Urban Development Study Tour, October 14-17, 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

• Delegate, Joining Voices Champions for FP2020, International Planned Parenthood Federation, September 25-26, 2014, London, United Kingdom

• International Observer, Syrian Presidential Elections, June 4-7, 2014, Damascus, Syria

• Delegate, 2nd Meeting of Chairmen of Foreign Policy Committees of Parliaments of Syria Friend Countries on ISIS Problem, June 1-3, 2014, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

• Participant, 36th UNWTO – ASEAN Joint Meeting & Conference of Tourism & Climate Change, May 18-20, 2014, Legazpi City, Philippines

• Delegate, 47th Session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CPD) April 7-11, 2014, UN Headquarters, New York, USA

• Observer, 10th Asian Mining Congress, March 17-18, 2014, Singapore

• Participant, Preparatory Meeting of Champion Parliamentarians for the 47th Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) Feb12-14, 2014, Chiang Mai, Thailand

• Delegate, World Travel Market, Nov 2-9, 2013, London, England

• Delegate, South-East Asia Sub-Regional Parliamentarians’ Meeting on Trafficking and Prevention of Violence Against Women, October 17-18, 2013, Manila, Philippines

• Delegate, Asian Food Congress, November 14-16, 2012, Shanghai, China

• Delegate, Standing Committee of Male Parliamentarians on Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls, September 20-21, 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka

• Delegate, House Contingent on World Bank-IMF Seminar on Climate Change, Agriculture & Rural Development, June 17-19, 2012, Washington D.C., USA

• Speaker, Overseas Absentee Voting Seminar for European-based Philippine Foreign Service Officers, October 20, 2011 Milan, Italy

• Delegate, 125th International Parliamentary Union Assembly, October 16-19, 2011, Berne, Switzerland


OTHER POSITIONS/AFFILIATIONS:

• President, Ako Bicol Party List
• President, Cagraray Environmental Protection and Development Foundation
• President, SOS Bicol Foundation
• Director, Rotary Club of Valencia
• Member, UP Law Alumni Association, Inc.
• Member, Integrated Bar of the Philippines (Albay)
• Member, UP Alumni Association
• Honorary Member, Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Class 98
• Honorary Member, KB Net Inc. (Philippines)


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17th Congress Profile of Hon. Rodel M. Batocabe