Bacolod Rep. Evelio R. Leonardia will be in Malacañang today, Thursday, March 27, to witness the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, the peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
"I join the Filipino people in celebrating the hope for a lasting peace in Mindanao," Leonardia said on the eve of the historic signing that is scheduled at 4 p.m. at the Kalaya-an Gardens of Malacañang. Leonardia is one of the solons President Aquino invited to witness the event.
The Congressional Committee on Revision of Laws yesterday approved House Bill 3649 filed by Bacolod Representative Evelio R. Leonardia seeking to declare July 27, 2014 a special national Non-Working Holiday to mark the centennial of the founding of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC).
Backed by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Leonardia’s proposal was singled out among 6 similar measures because it was only limited to this year’s celebration and does not seek to create an annual holiday.
Two more cases filed against former Mayor and now Bacolod Rep. Evelio R. Leonardia have been dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas, copies of the decision received yesterday showed. The dismissal of the cases were approved by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Feb. 4, 2014.
The Ombudsman threw out criminal complaint Omb-V-C-12-0290-E and administrative case Omb-V-A-12-0334-E filed against Leonardia and former City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan by Reynaldo Ebreo in May 2012.
"Finally, we have another indisputable, incontrovertible proof that the city I turned over to incumbent Mayor Monico Puentevella was in exemplary condition, finances included: the Department of Local and Interior Government is awarding it the Seal of Good Housekeeping for its 2012 operations."
This was the statement of former Bacolod Mayor and now Congressman Evelio R Leonardia to the news that the city has once again been given the SGH for 2012, and will get a P35-million grant for it.
"This is the second SGH award for Bacolod under my administration, Leonardia said. It was also awarded the SGH and a P35-million grant in 2011.
HANDUMANAN FIRE. Councilor Em Ang and Stephani Ampil, project coordinator of the Office of Congressman Evelio R. Leonardia, talk to Nita Teopez who lost her three grandchildren to the fire that hit Purok Cawayanan, Barangay Handumanan in Bacolod city. Ang and Leonardia gave out food packs as emergency assistance to the victims and are taking care of the funeral of the fatalities.*
Bacolod Rep. Evelio R. Leonardia has asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to expedite the construction works along the Sum-ag highway.
This has gone far too long already, Leonardia told District Engineer Abraham Villareal. While our people can put up with temporary inconvenience while you construct these new bridges and highways, you cannot abuse them for too long, Leonardia said.
BACOLOD CONG. Leonardia at the Sum-ag construction site with (from left: Engineer Stanley Pido of the DPWH, congressional political affairs assistan Leo Bentinganan and District Engineer Ambraham Villareal.*
Bacolod Rep. Evelio R. Leonardia joins the panel of House leaders who will receive representatives of the Joint Foreign Chambers and Philippine Business Groups for a conference today in Congress.
The foreign and local businessmen, led by Michael Raeuber, president of the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, will be presenting their proposed measures and priority concerns to enhance doing business in the Philippines.
Leonardia, senior vice-chair of the Congressional Committee on Transportation, will field the businessmen’s concerns on transportation. He was requested to represent the committee by its chairman, Rep. Cesar Sarmiento.
Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia has formed a congressional Technical Working Group (TWG) that will tackle matters relating to bills on the safety of children who are aboard motorcycles and related issues that were filed in the House.
Leonardia, senior vice chairman of the House Committee on Transportation, has been appointed chairman of the TWG.
The Congressional Committee on Transportation in a special meeting with Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, [L-R] Mark Abaya, Chief of Staff of Sec. Abaya, Rep. Winston, T. Castelo, Quezon City, 2nd District; Rep. Carlo V. Lopez, Manila, 2nd District; Sec. Joseph Emilio A. Abaya, DOTC Secretary; Rep. Eleandro Jesus F. Madrona, Lone District, Romblon; Rep. Jesulito A. Manalo, Party-List, Angkla; Rep. Emil L. Ong, Northern Samar, 2nd District; Rep. Cesar V. Sarmiento, Lone District, Catanduanes.*
He, in turn, appointed the following to be members of the TWG: Reps. Manuel Iway, 1st district of Negros Oriental; Danilo Fernandez, 1st district of Laguna; Pablo Acharon, Jr., 2nd district of South Cotabato; Oscar S. Garin, 1st district of Iloilo; Terry L. Ridon, Kabataan party list; Wilfredo Caminero, 2nd district of Cebu and Teodorico Haresco, Jr., lone district of Aklan.
There is a need to integrate security operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airports to make them seamless, according to Bacolod Rep. Evelio R Leonardia.
We should also look at the rest of the country’s airports to see if they also need the same streamlining, he added.
Leonardia, senior vice-chair of the Committee on Transportation, presides at the first hearing of the congressional inquiry into the NAIA shootings last December.*
Leonardia gave these observations after he presided at the first hearing of the congressional inquiry into the NAIA 3 shooting incident last December 20. The Bacolod solon presided the hearing as senior vice-chair of the Congressional Committee on Transportation.
Bacolod Representative Evelio R Leonardia will join the country’s officialdom led by President Benigno Aquino, Jr. at the National Day of Prayer in Malacanang.
Iloilo Rep. Jerry Trenas, Speaker Sonny Belmonte, Leonardia and Rep. Ferdinand Hernandez of So.Cotabato.*
Leonardia is one of those Aquino invited to join the interfaith event which the President said is meant to "remember the lives lost to the tragic incidents of 2013 and to thank the Almighty for the nation’s strength and resilience and to seek divine guidance as the country moves forward."