City Council to honor late lawmaker

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014


THE Iloilo City Council is honoring the centennial birthday celebration of the late Congressman Pascualing “Pat” de la Paz Espinosa on Wednesday.

The council has approved a resolution officially naming the newly constructed covered gymnasium in Barangay Monica-Blumenritt as the Congressman Pascualing Espinosa Memorial Gym.

Construction of the covered gym was funded under the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of city lone district Representative Jerry Treñas.

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Espinosa started his political career as a councilor in 1947. He was elected congressman of the second district of Iloilo comprising then the city of Iloilo and the municipalities of Leganes, Pavia, Jordan, Buenavista and Nueva Valencia in the island province of Guimaras in 1949-1953.

He was reelected as congressman in 1959-1961. As a respected labor leader during his time, he brought thousands of Ilonggos to work in Guam and paved the way for the overseas Filipino workers (OFW) program of the National Government.

A resident of Barangay Monica along the waterfront, Espinosa was a famous labor leader and pro-people legislator who championed the plight of the poor. He was considered as the father of Republic Act 875 or the Minimum Wage Law and Magna Carta of Labor and also the main author of the Woman and Child Labor Law or the Maternity Leave with Pay which, until now, is being enjoyed by working mothers in the country.

Monica barangay captain Keith “Dabing” Espinosa is the wife of Pat’s grandson Jingjing while Iloilo City vice mayor Jose Espinosa III is his nephew.

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