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Thursday, 22 January 2009 14:29
HON. EDCEL C. LAGMAN
Representative, 1st District of Albay

PERSONAL DATA

Born on 1 May 1942 in San Fernando, Camarines Sur to Ms. Cecilia Castelar Lagman of Albay and Fiscal Pedro Eduardo Diaz Lagman of Pampanga. Grew up in Tabaco, Albay. Brother to Ka Popoy Lagman, martyr of the working class and Bantayog Hero Atty. Hermon Lagman (desaparecido during the Martial Law Regime). Married to Ms. Ma. Cielo Burce of Tabaco, Albay and Pandan, Catanduanes, with whom he has seven (7) children, namely: Tabaco City Mayor Cielo Krisel Lagman-Luistro (former two-term Congresswoman), Ms. Larah Kristin Lagman, Quezon City Councilor Edcel Greco Lagman, Dr. Nikos Mahar Lagman, Prof. Marco Stefan Lagman, Ms. Karina Farah Lagman and Barangay Kagawad Andrei Philip Lagman of South Triangle, Quezon City.

RECOGNITION FOR CONGRESSIONAL PERFORMANCE

•    Consistently chosen Outstanding Congressman every year from 1987 to 1998 and 2004 to 2008
•    Chosen as the Number One Congressman of the Ninth Congress by the prestigious Consumers Welfare Foundation of the Philippines whose awards committee is composed of retired Supreme Court Justices, Bishops, newspaper publishers, presidents of civic clubs and student leaders
•    Philippines Free Press Outstanding Congressman of the Year (1998)
•    No. 1 Awardee out of twenty (20) outstanding members of the House of Representatives (Tenth Congress), Makati School of Journalism and the Arts
•    Filipino of the Year Awardee, Isyu Newspaper 1997
•    1997 – 1998 Most Outstanding Bicolano Legislator
•    1999 Outstanding Kapampangan Awardee for Public Service
•    1999 Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) Awardee
•    2000 Golden Scroll Awardee for Public Service
•    2000 Mamamayan Ayaw sa Droga (MAD) Awardee
•    PARC Awardee on the 20th Anniversary of CARP, 2008

SOME MAJOR LAWS AUTHORED

•    Republic Act 9346, “An Act Prohibiting the Imposition of Death Penalty in the Philippines”

•    Republic Act 9502, or the "Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act of 2008"

•    Republic Act 6657 (Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law) providing a more equitable distribution and ownership of economic-size farms as the basis of Philippine agriculture and to promote social justice, sound rural development and industrialization.

•    Republic Act 8532, an Act strengthening further the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) by providing augmentation funds.

•    Republic Act 9504, an Act exempting minimum wage earners from paying income tax and increasing personal exemptions for other taxpayers.

•    Republic Act 8424 (Comprehensive Tax Reform Program) providing, among others, the increase in the tax exemptions and deductions of ordinary workers and employees.

•    Republic Act 7160 increasing the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) to enable Local Government Units, particularly the barangays, to address the basic needs of their constituents.

•    General Appropriations Acts which institutionalized the increased allowances of barangay officials and the granting of the Personal Emergency Relief Allowance (PERA) to government employees.

•    Various Republic Acts granting wage increases to private sector employees.

•    Electoral Reforms, including continuing registration under R.A. No. 8189.

•    Joint Resolution No. 31 creating the Labor Commission, the forerunner of the Congressional Oversight Committee on Labor and Employment.

•    Republic Act 7079 providing for the development and promotion of campus journalism.

•    Republic Act 6728 providing financial assistance to students and teachers in private institutions.

•    Republic Act 7936 converting the San Francisco High School into the San Francisco Institute of Science and Technology.

•    Republic Act 6655 establishing and providing for a free public secondary education.

•    Republic Act 7731 abolishing the National College Entrance Examination (NCE).

•    Republic Act 7784 strengthening teacher education in the Philippines by establishing Centers of Excellence and creating a Teacher Education Council.

•    RA 8522 General Appropriations Act of 1998, providing funds for the establishment of the Bicol University Tabaco Campus.

•    RA 9500, the University of the Philippines Charter of 2008.




PRINCIPAL ADVOCACIES

•    Reproductive Health and Population Development
•    Full and speedy implementation of the Agrarian Reform Program
•    Highest Priority to Education
•    Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Welfare of Students, Teachers and Non-Teaching Personnel
•    Crusade for the abolition of the death penalty (and against its restoration)
•    Criminalization of involuntary disappearance and promotion of human rights
•    Review of the debt stock and reduction of debt service
•    Eradication of graft and corruption
•    Protection of Filipino workers, both local and overseas
•    Consumer protection
•    Promotion of accessible and quality education
•    Adequate and immediate medical care services
•    Full empowerment of Local Government Units
•    Modernization of the Main Line South (PNR South Line)


COMMITTEE POSITIONS IN THE 14TH CONGRESS

•    Chairman, Committee on Appropriations (First Regular Session, 14th Congress)
•    Senior Vice Chairman, Committee on Appropriations
•    Vice Chairman, Committee on Justice
•    Vice Chairman, Committee on Labor and Employment
•    Vice Chairman, Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs
•    Vice Chairman, Special Committee on Bicol Growth Area
•    Member, Committee on Accounts
•    Member, Committee on Agrarian Reform
•    Member, Committee on Constitutional Amendments
•    Member, Committee on Good Government
•    Member, Committee on Health
•    Member, Committee on Human Rights
•    Member, Committee on Population and Family Relations
•    Member, Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms
•    Member, Committee on Transportation
•    Member, Committee on Ways and Means
•    Member, Special Committee on Education and Welfare of Special Persons

PAST POSITIONS

•    Deputy Majority Leader – 13th Congress
•    Chairman, Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs – 13th Congress
•    Senior Vice Chairman, Committee on Appropriations – 13th Congress
•    Chairman, Committee on Justice – 10th Congress
•    Senior Deputy Minority Leader – 9th and 10th Congresses
•    Chairman, Committee on Agrarian Reform – 8th Congress
•    Vice Chairman, Committee on Appropriations – 8th Congress
•    Undersecretary of the Department of Budget and Management after the EDSA Revolution, 1986-87

EDUCATION

•    Tabaco (Albay) Elementary School: Honorable Mention; Tabaco National High School: First Honorable Mention; University of the Philippines: Ll.B. (1966) and AB (1962), cum laude.

SCHOLASTIC AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACHIEVEMENTS

•    Recipient, UP Presidential Pin for Academic Excellence, 1962
•    Life Member, Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society since 1962
•    Life Member, Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society since 1962
•    Member, Order of the Purple Feather (UP Law Honor Society)
•    Bienvenido Gonzales Memorial Law Scholar; UP Law Alumni Scholar
•    Entrance Scholar, UP College of Liberal Arts (1958) and UP College of Law (1962)
•    Editor, UP Law Register, 1962-1963: Managing Editor, The Philippine Collegian, 1965
•    University Councilor, UP Student Council, 1964

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION

•    Member, Philippine Bar (Admitted in 1967)
•    Senior Director, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Caloocan City-Navotas-Malabon Chapter (1974-1976)
•    Member, Philippine Trial Lawyers Association
•    President, Philippine Collegian Alumni Editors Foundation (2006)
•    Centennial President of the Rotary Club of South Triangle, Quezon City, Rotary International District 3780, Rotary Year 2004-2005
•    Director, Alpha Phi Beta Chancery (2000-2002)

GOVERNMENT EMPLOYMENT

•    Executive Department – Legal Officer IV, Office of the President (1967)
•    Judicial Department – Legal Assistant, Presidential Electoral Tribunal, 1967;
Technical Legal Assistant, Office of the Chief Justice, Supreme Court, 1967-1969
•    Legislative Department – Chief Legal Counsel and Head of Staff, Senate Technical Staff on Justice, 1970-72

LAW PRACTICE

•    Active law practitioner from 1972 to April 1986; 1998 to June 2004
•    Managing Partner, Romero Lagman Torres Arrieta and Evangelista Law Offices
•    Founding Partner, Lagman Lagman & Mones Law Firm (the only law firm in the country exclusively devoted to cases of workers and labor unions)
•    Advocate for workers and labor unions, agrarian reform beneficiaries, students and urban poor

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

•    Law Professor, Manila Law College, 1971-72
•    Professor, Philippine College of Criminology, 1966-72

NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST

•    “No Holds Barred”, Sun Star Manila (1998-2000)
•    “Todo Banat, Walang Awat”, Diario Uno (1998-1999)
•    Guest Columnist, Isyu Newspaper

MASS ORGANIZATIONS

•    Lifetime Honorary Chairperson, Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND)
•    Co-Chairperson, Koalisyon ng mga Mamamayan Laban sa VAT (KOMVAT)
•    Founding Chairperson, Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearance (AFAD)
•    Founding Chairman, Lakas at Gabay ng Manggagawang Nagkakaisa (L.A.G.M.A.N.) Labor Federation
•    Member, Board of Trustees, Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation