Alan Peter Cayetano
|Alan Peter Cayetano|
|Senate Majority Floor Leader|
|Majority Floor Leader of the Senate of the Philippines|
July 22, 2013
|Preceded by||Gregorio Honasan (acting)|
|Senator of the Philippines|
June 30, 2007
|Philippine Senate Minority Floor Leader|
July 26, 2010 – July 22, 2013
|Preceded by||Aquilino Pimentel Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Juan Ponce Enrile|
|Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Lone District of Taguig City-Pateros|
June 30, 1998 – June 30, 2007
|Preceded by||Dante O. Tinga|
|Succeeded by||Ma. Laarni Lopez-Cayetano|
|Acting Vice Mayor of Taguig|
June 20 – June 30, 1998
|Member of the Taguig Municipal Council from the 1st district|
June 30, 1992 – June 30, 1995
|Political party||Nacionalista (2005-present)
|Team PNoy (2012-present)
Genuine Opposition (2007)
|Spouse(s)||Maria Laarni Lopez|
|Alma mater||University of the Philippines
Ateneo de Manila University
Alan Peter Schramm Cayetano or Compañero as most of his kababayans know him, is a dynamic lawmaker who has been in public service for almost half his life. Born on the 28th of October 1970, Cayetano resides with his family in Bagumbayan, Taguig City. His wife, Maria Laarni Lopez Cayetano, is currently the Mayor of Taguig City.
Early life and education
Cayetano is the second child in a brood of four of the late Senator Renato “Compañero” Cayetano and Sandra Schramm Cayetano. His older sister, Pia, is also a senator of the Republic of the Philippines. His youngest brother, Lino is the incumbent representative of the 2nd District of Taguig while his other brother Ren is a former councilor of Muntinlupa.
It was the late Senator Rene’s dedication to public service that inspired the batang Compañero to follow in his father’s footsteps. Having had the privilege of witnessing his father deal with people from all walks of life, it was not difficult for Senator Alan to decide on a lifetime profession in public service.
- Elementary and High school: He studied at De la Salle – Zobel
- College: He took up Political Science at the University of the Philippines, Diliman & graduated in 1993
- Post Graduate: He studied Law (Juris Doctor) at the Ateneo de Manila University and graduated in 1997 as Silver Medalist. He was admitted to the Philippine Bar in May 1998.
- 1992: At 21, he became Councilor of Taguig. He was the youngest councilor of his generation.
- 1995: At 24, he ran and won as Vice Mayor of Taguig but his official proclamation took place in 1998, only 10 days before his three-year term of office was due to end.
- 1998 to 2004: At 27, he became Congressman of Taguig.
- 2007 to present: At 36, he became Senator of the Philippines.
During the 14th Congress, in his first term as Senator of the Philippines, Senator Alan chaired the following committees:
- The Blue Ribbon Committee or the Committee on Accountability of Public Officers
- The Committee on Education, Culture and Arts
- The Committee on Mass Media and Information
During the 15th Congress, Senator Alan became:
- Senate Minority Floor Leader
- Chairman of the Committee on Ethics and Privileges
- Vice Chairman of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Automated Election System (JCOC-AES)
After the 2013 elections, at the start of the 16th Congress, Senator Alan was elected as the new Senate Majority Floor Leader and was likewise appointed to chair the Senate Committee on Rules.
Senator Alan has always been among the youngest in his political sphere:
- At 21, Alan was the Youngest Councilor of the country during his time
- At 24, Alan was the Youngest Vice-Mayor of Taguig
- At 27, Alan was the Youngest Representative in the 11th Congress
- At 37, Alan has been the youngest Chair of the high profile Senate Blue Ribbon Committee
- At 39, Alan has been one of the youngest contenders for the Senate Presidency
- At 39, Alan is the youngest Minority Leader in the history of the Philippine Senate
- At 39, Alan was awarded as one of the “Top Outstanding Young Men” in 2010.
Senator Alan has also authored the following bills that have been enacted into law:
- R.A. No. 10088 - Anti-Camcording Act of 2009
- R.A. No. 9521 - National Book Development Trust Fund Act
- R.A. No. 10122 - Act Strengthening the Literacy Coordinating Council
- R.A. No. 10152 - Act Requiring Mandatory Basic Immunization Services Against Hepatitis-B for Infants
- R.A. No. 9500 - University of the Philippines Charter Act of 2008
- R.A. No. 9994 - Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2009
- R.A. No. 7277 - Magna Carta for Disabled Persons
He also has pending Bills at the Senate that await passage:
- S.B. NO. 90 - Freedom of Information Act of 2013
- S.B. NO. 91 - Orphaned, Abandoned, Neglected or Voluntarily Committed Children's Welfare and Protection Act
- S.B. NO. 92 - Trust Fund for the Abandoned, Neglected or Voluntarily Committed Child of 2013
- S.B. NO. 93 - Iskolar Ng Bayan Act of 2013
- S.B. NO. 94 - Granting P9,000 Additional Compensation and P 1,000 Medical Allowance to Teachers
- S.B. NO. 245 - Decriminalizing Libel and Defamation
- S.B. NO. 246 - Children with Special Needs Education Fund Act of 2013
- S.B. NO. 247 - Uniformed Personnel Health and Wellness Development Act of 2013
- S.B. NO. 248 - Amending section 19 of Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012
- S.B. NO. 249 - Repealing sections 4(c) (4), 5, 6, and 7 of Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012
- S.B. NO. 1490 –Emergency Response Department Act of 2013
Senator Alan’s main advocacies are his drive against CORRUPTION and PRESYO, TRABAHO, KITA, to allow the majority of Filipinos to feel the benefits of the growing economy.
- (1) Anti Corruption
Senator Alan has been known for his commitment towards fighting graft and corruption. It was under his stewardship of the Blue Ribbon Committee that the graft-ridden NBN-ZTE deal was first investigated and eventually scrapped. He also steered the continuation of the inquiries into the Fertilizer Scam, Swine Scam and the Cash-giving Scandal in Malacañang Palace. He also initiated the Senate investigations of the large scale and widespread cheating in the 2004 and 2007 elections.
He has been consistent with his stand towards good governance as he continues to push for the passage of the Freedom of Information Act as well as other transparency and accountability measures such as strengthening the Anti-Red Tape Law, Whistleblowers act, and asking public servants to sign waivers to disclose their bank accounts if faced with allegations of corruption.
Senator Alan is also the first to file a concurrent resolution (Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 4) seeking to abolish the highly controversial Priority Development and Assistance Fund (PDAF). Following the recent disasters that devastated the country this year, he also filed Senate Resolution No. 305 seeking to earmark the remaining PDAF for 2013 to augment the calamity fund for the benefit of victims of the disasters. Moreover, Senator Alan filed Senate Resolution No. 271 seeking to investigate allegations of corruption embezzlement of the 2009 Malampaya funds, which represents royalties from the oil and gas field operations in the waters off Palawan, created for the purpose of financing energy resource exploration, development and exploitation programs and projects of the government.
- (2) Presyo, Trabaho, Kita (PTK)
During his successful re-election campaign where he placed number 3 in the 2013 Senatorial elections, Senator Alan strongly advocated for a better life for poor Filipino families during this period of strong economic growth. He pushed for Presyo, Trabaho, Kita (PTK) as his platform to reduce prices, create more and better jobs and raise income. Senator Alan believes that by pushing for measures that will address people’s problems related to Presyo, Trabaho, Kita (PTK), the government would be able to ensure that every Filipino, even the poorest of the poor, would feel the economic growth being experienced by the country today.
How does he plan to address the needs of key sectors of society through his advocacies?
- By reducing the application of Value Added Tax (VAT) on oil by 6% when the world market price increases.
- By pushing for the opening of books of oil companies to check if they are charging the correct amount of prices
- By transparency in the increase of consumer prices, especially in the transport sector
- By addressing the issue of rice smuggling that hinders the growth of the agriculture industry
- By increasing the number of farm-to-market roads and irrigation.
(b) TRABAHO By increased access to education for all. A higher share of government spending to go to education. Augmenting the Education For All (EFA) program
- By the passage of the Iskolar ng Bayan Bill to provide increased access to tertiary education
- By a Comprehensive Employment Plan that integrates the realities of overseas employment.
- By pushing for the Education for Employment Program (E2E)
- By an increased support for the country’s emerging business process outsourcing (BPO) industry
- By the passage of the security of tenure bill
- By an increased budget allocated for the Anti- Illegal Recruitment Program
- By increasing access to capital for the poor to start their own micro, small, medium enterprises.
- By expanding the Conditional Cash Transfer Program (CCT2) to provide small loans to the poor and those affected by calamities
- By pushing for legislation to create a P100-P500-million fund facility per region for small loans to cooperatives and small enterprises.
- By enhancing the “Pantawid Pasada” program by making it a regular program with clear objectives and processes for the transport sector
- By pushing for an increase in the basic salary rates and additional benefits for employees in the public sector especially teachers, doctors, and government employees
- Establishment of the Department of Oversees Filipino Workers (DOFW)
- A social media officer to be put in place to coordinate with Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) all over the world
- Improve PhilHealth’s mandate through legislation
- Creation of mobile clinics to make healthcare more accessible to Filipinos in rural areas
- A comprehensive disaster preparedness plan covering urban planning and geo-hazard mapping.
- Establishment of a department that will solely focus on disaster preparedness plans (Emergency Response Department or ERD)
- Incorporation of gender-based corruption in the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act
- Providing incentives to whistleblowers
- The passage of the Special Needs Fund for Children Bill
- RA 8749 Philippine Clean Air Act (11th Congress)
- No to the 2005 & 2006 junking of the impeachment complaint against President Arroyo (13th Congress)
- Endorsed verified complaint for impeachment against President Estrada (11th Congress)
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