MANILA - At least 4 neophyte senators are attending today’s orientation seminar for their would-be responsibilities starting noon of June 30, 2019.
In attendance in the orientation are Senators-elect Imee Marcos, Francis Tolentino, Christopher "Bong" Go and Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa.
The senators-elect’s staff are also expected to join them in the closed-door briefing. Staff of reelectionist senators are joining the meeting.
It was Dela Rosa, a former police general, who raised the intention of undergoing a seminar so he can perform better when he assumes office.
The intention was echoed by Marcos, Go and Tolentino in separate occasions.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III approved an orientation for the new senators which, he said, has been part of the assistance being given by the Senate secretariat to the institution’s incoming members.
The briefing will be hosted by the office of Senate Secretary Myra Villarica, which will center on the general rules and principles of the Senate, lawmaking process, procurement, among others.
The briefing will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
Go said the briefing will serve as an “overview of the different offices and departments within the Senate” which they will work with in their 6 years in office.
He said his main intention for attending the orientation is to "fully understand the structure, functions and services of the different offices in the Senate."
Aside from attending the briefing, the legislators are also set to meet with the staff of their expected committees.
Marcos, according to her staff, will be briefed by the committee secretaries on electoral reform, economic affairs as well as the social justice committee where she will be the vice chairperson.
Go will also be meeting with the committees on health, housing and games secretariat.
Dela Rosa will have a discussion with the committee on public order and dangerous drugs, which he will head, while Tolentino will meet with the secretariat of the committee on local government and justice where he is expected to perform as its vice chairperson.
Although they will formally assume their posts noon of June 30, the four will start their daily grind as senators when the 18th Congress' session opens on July 22.