ON HIS MAJESTY’S DAY. Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe welcomes Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia and his wife, Elsa, to the Philippine reception celebrating Emperor Akihito’s birthday, a national holiday in Japan.*
Bacolod Rep. Evelio R. Leonardia batted for an independent National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) that will address deficiencies in the country’s transport system and investigate transportation mishaps and disasters.
Leonardia, senior vice-chair of the Congressional Committee on Transportation, presided the joint hearing conducted with the Committee on Government Reorganization (CGR) to discuss several bills seeking the creation of the NTSB. The CGR is chaired by Congressman Romeo Acop.
Cong. Leonardia presiding over the hearing on the bills creating a national transportation safety board.*
"There is a need to create a non-regulatory agency to ensure thorough, impartial and speedy investigations of transport accidents and formulate a comprehensive and effective transportation safety standards and programs," Leonardia said during the meeting.
Bacolod Representative Evelio R. Leonardia said he will explore tourism opportunities with Japan when he meets with Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe today, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.
Leonardia and his wife, Elsa, were invited to the ambassador’s reception on the birthday of Emperor Akihito, a national holiday in Japan. The Philippine reception will be held at the ambassador’s residence in North Forbes.
Leonardia, his wife Elsa and councilors Em Ang, Carl Lopez and Caesar Distrito hand over the key to the city to Ambassador Urabe during his visit last year.*
"Although we are meeting in a social event, I would like to touch base with the ambassador on the possibility of forging partnerships to enhance the tourism traffic between Japan and our city," Leonardia said.
There is nothing wrong with PDAF if it used in good intentions benefiting the people. The government should have ran after and punish those who abused it.
Thus said Bacolod Congressman Evelio Leonardia yesterday shortly after the visit of Ms. Earth 2013 candidates at the Campuestuhan Highland Resort in Talisay City.
He said, payment of allocation of PDAF-funded projects goes to the project recipients directly. If infrastructure, it goes to the contracted engineer through the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH); if medical assistance, the money goes directly to the hospital; and for scholarship assistance, the money goes to the school administration.
Bacolod Rep. Evelio "Bing" Leonardia with WBO international welterweight titleholder Manny Pacquaio, immediately after Pacman’s stunning and successful comeback fight yesterday in Macau.*
Admittedly, Manny Pacquio is still a better fighter at 34 years old following his unanimous decision victory over American Brandon Rios yesterday ‘Clash in Cotai’ at The Venetian Hotel and Casino in Macau.
This was how Bago City Mayor Ramon Torres described the ability displayed by the Filipino icon in yesterday’s showdown in Macau. "Manny (Pacquiao) is a better fighter. He has the experience, speed and power. He’s a great fighter."
Bago City is known to have produced world-class fighters like undefeated WBO Oriental-Pacific champion ‘King’ Arthur Villanueva and Olympic medalists Roel and Mansueto Velasco, and a lot more.
In the tight embrace of friendship: Leonardia and his wife, Elsa, with Pacquiao inside the boxer’s hotel suite on the eve of the Clash in Cotai.*
Councilor Wilson C. Gamboa, Jr. disclosed highlights of program for this year’s Alay Lakad to be held this coming December 1, 2013 which will include Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella and Congressman Evelio Leonardia as inspirational speakers.
The "Alay Lakad Para sa Kabataan" according to Gamboa is a yearly walk for a cause conducted nationwide and initiated by the Alay Lakad Foundation to generate funds for socio-economic projects designed to uplift needy out-of-school youth.
These projects, among others, include trade and occupational skills training, scouting, leadership training and cultural involvements.
Negros Occidental officials have mixed reactions on the recent declaration of the the Supreme Court (SC) that the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), also known as ‘pork barrel,’ as "unconstitutional."
Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. supports the High Court’s decision saying congressmen are called legislators because they are primarily tasked to craft laws.
"The problem is that they (legislators) want to encroach in the Executive branch," he said. The Executive branch of the government is composed of the President, Vice President, and other officials, like Cabinet members. It enforces the law passed by the Legislative branch.
On Tuesday afternoon, the SC, voting 14-0, ruled that the PDAF, widely suspected as the source of corruption among officials, is unconstitutional.
Some 650 families were initially given assistance by the Council of Lions Club Presidents in Bacolod and the office of Rep. Evelio R. Leonardia.
The recipients come from Barangays Singcang-Airport, Alijis, Taculing, Pahanocoy and Mansilingan, according to Councilor Em Ang who is the incumbent Philippine Multiple District Council Chairperson, the highest official of the Lions in the country now.
Leonardia with Lions officials Ang and Araceli Regalado
Ang said the relief distribution in Bacolod is being done in partnership with the Office of Rep. Leonardia, as they have done in the past when Leonardia was still mayor.
Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia said he is filing a bill seeking for the creation of a Metropolitan Development Authority (MDA), which will be composed of the cities of Bacolod, Talisay, Silay, Bago and neighboring towns and cities.
Leonardia told the NDB yesterday that the creation of an MDA requires "legislative fiat," or an act of Congress, for it to be effective.
It is also up to the member-towns and cities to name the body, he said.
Leonardia announced this plan at the inauguration of the 10.12-kilometer Bacolod Silay Airport Access Road (BSAAR) last Friday.