ANOTHER congressman from the province of Cebu was trusted a committee chairmanship at the House of Representatives.

Representative Pablo John Garcia (third district, Cebu) has been formally assigned to head the committee on public order and safety at the House.

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This committee handles all matters relating to the suppression of criminality; regulation of firearms and firecrackers; private security agencies and the Philippine National Police.

Pablo John's father, Representative Pablo Garcia of the province's second district, was earlier tasked to be one of the six deputy Speakers.

Representative Ramon “Red” Durano VI (fifth district, Cebu) got the chairmanship of the committee on economic affairs again while Representative Benhur Salimbangon (fourth district, Cebu) will head the committee on aquaculture and fisheries resources.

As chair of the aquaculture committee, Salimbangon told Sun.Star that he seeks the review of laws on fisheries.

“We need to review our laws on fisheries because hindi na siya atune sa ating panahon, what has caused the high cost of fishing and how to support our fishermen to become competitive instead of resorting to illegal fishing and many more,” said Salimbangon.

Other congressmen who were formally assigned as heads to House committees were Sigfrido Tinga (second district, Taguig) on information and communications technology; Emil Ong (second district, Northern Samar) on labor and employment; George Arnaiz (second district, Negros Oriental) on local government; Tupay Loong (first district, Sulu) on Muslim Affairs; Teodoro Baguilat Jr. (lone district, Ifugao) on National Cultural Communities; Angelica Amante-Matba (second district, Agusan del Norte) on women and gender equality; Al Francis Bichara (second district, Albay) on foreign affairs; Florencio Miraflores (lone district, Aklan) on tourism; Elpidio Barzaga Jr. (fourth district, Cavite) on suffrage and electoral reforms; Arturo Robes (lone district, San Jose Del Monte City) on social services; and Roger Mercado (lone district, Southern Leyte) on transportation.

Also appointed were Representatives Andres Salvacion Jr. (third district, Leyte) on civil service and professional regulation; Jerry Trenas (lone district, Iloilo City) on good government and public accountability; Alfredo Maranon III (second district, Negros Occidental) on health; Mark Llandro Mendoza (fourth district, Batangas) on agriculture and food; Henry Teves (third district, Negros Oriental) on agrarian reform; Florencio Noel (An Waray party-list) on accounts; Loreto Leo Ocampos (second district, Misamis Occidental) on constitutional amendments; Sergio Antonio Apostol (second district, Leyte) on banks and financial intermediaries, Salvador Escudero III (first district, Sorsogon) on basic education; Jose Ping-Ay (Coop-NATCCO party-list) on cooperatives development; Vicente Belmonte (lone district, Iligan City) on dangerous drugs; Danilo Fernandez (first district, Laguna) on ecology; Erico Fabian (second district, Zamboanga City) on government enterprises and privatization; Niel Tupas Jr. (fifth district, Iloilo) on justice; and Majority Leader Neptali "Boyet" Gonzales II (lone district, Mandaluyong) on rules.

The House of Representatives has 59 regular committees and 11 special committees. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)