A competent human resource is most vital to development – Belmonte

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. urged his colleagues in Congress to invest more in human resource development and the upgrade of the quality of asset management to ensure efficiency in public service and good governance.

“We should continue upgrading our human resource to promote quality management,” Belmonte stressed during the twin-launching of the Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. Scholarship program and the 2011 House of Representatives Publications.

The ceremony at the Andaya Hall of the Batasan complex featured the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) by Speaker Belmonte and Dr. Caesar A Saloma, Chancellor of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman-National College of Public Administration and Governance UP-NCPAG, in behalf of UP President Alfredo Pascual.

The scholarship program will give an opportunity to about 30 deserving employees of the House Secretariat to pursue masters, doctorate and baccalaureate degrees in partnership with the UP-NCPAG, the premier institution of learning for public administration in the country.

Belmonte lauded the sustained partnership between the UP and the House of Representatives as he acknowledged similar scholarship programs launched by his predecessors.

“Your timely partnership with Congress would surely sustain efficient and meaningful management of our most important asset – our people. We should maintain this partnership,” Belmonte stressed as he

encouraged members of Congress to sponsor more scholarship programs particularly at the UP.

Present during the twin-launching were: Reps. Juan Edgardo Angara; Salvador Escudero III;  Roger Mercado ; Rodolfo Albano; Eleandro Jesus Madrona; Benjamin Asilo; Pedro Rumualdo; Victorino Dennis Socrates; Pedro Pancho; Jesus Sacdalan; Arnulfo Go, and Minority Floorleader Edcel Lagman, among others.

Luminaries present from the UP academe included Vice Chancellor Prospero de Vera, UP-NCPAG Dean, Dr. Estifania Co and members of the UP-NCPAG faculty.

During the twin-launching, House Secretary General Marilyn Barua-Yap and officials of the House of Representatives presented to Speaker Belmonte and members of the House the following:  A Compendium of Laws and Issuances on Transportation (1907 to 2010);  2010  postcards, the

all-purpose Note Cards and Post Cards; and a House of Representatives

Hymn Music Video.

The House Secretariat started with the Compendium of Laws and Issuances on Child Welfare and Disaster Management in June this year in time for the AIPA Caucus. Now, the latest compendium on

transportation is the second wave of such legislative compilations.

Furthermore, Atty. Barua-Yap said that the “Speaker Belmonte Scholarship Program is the core of the House Secretariat’s strategic human resource development program – intended to strengthen and ensure continuing capability building for our middle management officials and personnel, who are at the frontline of the delivery of legislative support services to members of the House and our congressional


She added that the Speaker’s program would strengthen competence of the frontline workforce in coping with the demands for strategic assistance in policy crafting and management.

“We have been able to work on all these because of the unrelenting support and encouragement of our Speaker – The Honorable Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. – who always reminds us that competence and higher

standards of performance in public service is paramount, and in serving our people – the members of the House and those in the Secretariat are in this together,” Barua-Yap concluded.


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