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What Have You Done, Congressman Erbie Fabian?

By: Zamboanga.com Editorial - March 29, 2007

 

This past January 18, 2007, we asked the important political question: What have you done, Congressman Erbie Fabian?

 

The question begged to be asked for the sake of all the Zamboangueño constituency, for accountability purposes for the upcoming May 2007 election.  We had no clue as to what the singular Congressional Representative of Zamboanga had been doing these past few years on behalf of our mistreated city.  There were a few recent publicity actions in his giving away some computers to the needy, but we wanted to know what exactly Congressman Fabian has done politically for the benefit of over 600,000 abused citizens of Zamboanga in Manila-centric politics!

 

We wanted to give Erbie, as he is popularly called by many, the chance to provide the public an answer in his own understanding of what he has done for Zamboanga.  Well, we finally got wind of his response and we will highlight it herein for all to see and become aware of.  Although it was not exactly what we were looking for, we will give Congressman Erbie his due:

 

Wednesday, March 28. 2007

 

‘I’ve done my level best’ – Rep. Fabian

 

Rep. Fabian seeks God’s guidance for a continued service to the people.

Congressman Erbie A. Fabian is set to file his certificate of candidacy today with a declaration that he has done his level best in serving the sovereign people of Zamboanga City during his first term in the House of Representatives.


Fabian said he is confident that the people have seen and felt the numerous projects and activities which he has brought forth in the last three years adopting what he called as practical and decent politics.

 

“I have done my level best in putting forward the interest of the people over that of the party. I intend to continue serving the people and I will pray hard to the Lord to make me a vehicle to serve His interest for the betterment of my constituents,” Fabian said in a short message.

 

The pious congressman reiterated that he has put God in the center of his activities as public servant and “I will continue doing so if the Lord will grant be a second term.”

 

In his first term, Fabian drew up a broad spectrum of programs and projects which he accomplished after three years in office. The package included infrastructure projects like farm-to-market roads, barangay multi-purpose covered courts, bridges and overpass road bridges.

 

For the education sector, the congressman has put in varied projects like school buildings, gymnasiums, school fences, school stages, scores of computers, speech laboratories, scholarship grants to indigent but deserving students.

 

Fabian has extended significant assistance to the marginalized sectors including farmers, fisher folks, the unemployed, out-of-school youths. The farmers received seeds, fertilizers and farm implement; the fisher folks got seaweeds trimmings and fishing gears. Hundreds of unemployed folks including housewives were trained in livelihood skills which would make them capable of augmenting the family income.

 

Health and other barangay workers, tanods, media men were given health insurance by the congressman.

 

Needless to mention, Fabian has embarked on the promotion of various sports by staging tournaments and competitions, notably the “Golpe Golpe na Barangay”, the two cycling races, the numerous basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball and golf tournaments and the holding of two boxing events featuring professional bouts.

It is imperative for the public to know what exactly a Congressman's job is.  Since we can't find one that clearly defines what a Philippine Congressman's responsibilities are, we'll let a U.S. Congressman explain what his responsibilities are:  (Congressman McIntyre of North Carolina - the Philippine Congress' makeup is similar to that of the United States)

One of the best things about being a Congressman is that I meet new people every day. I usually have many meetings with people who are concerned about certain issues. They come to my office to express their concerns and discuss possible solutions to the problems that face our country. Meeting with citizens helps me understand what the residents of the Seventh Congressional District and North Carolina think about a particular matter so that I best know their concerns prior to voting on an issue.

 

In addition, I discuss the problems of our country with other representatives in meetings and on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Each Member of Congress serves on different committees which study and review specific issues in-depth. The committees report their findings to the rest of the House of Representatives so that we will all be well-informed. I am a member of the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on the Armed Services. I also serve as the Co-Chairman of three different groups, the Rural Health Care Coalition, the Congressional Task Force on Fatherhood, and the Democratic Task Force on Children.

 

Members of Congress also propose solutions to issues called "bills." In the House, representatives make speeches to express what the people of their district believe about an issue. After we debate the bills, we will vote on them. If a bill receives a majority of votes, it is sent to the Senate. A bill must pass both the House and the Senate before it is sent to the President. Once the president signs the bill, it becomes law.

Does Rep. Fabian have a Congressional Office located in his hometown of Zamboanga City, where Zamboangueños can meet with him to discuss their issues or proposed solutions to issues?

 

Well, why don't we let the Philippine Constitution explain to the world what its Legislative Department is suppose to be doing:


THE 1987 CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES

 

Article 6:  Legislative Department

 

SEC. 5.


(1) The House of Representatives shall be composed of not more than two hundred and fifty members, unless otherwise fixed by law, who shall be elected from legislative districts apportioned among the provinces, cities, and the Metropolitan Manila area in accordance with the number of their respective inhabitants, and on the basis of a uniform and progressive ratio, and those who, as provided by law, shall be elected through a party-list system of registered national, regional, and sectoral parties or organizations.

 

(2) The party-list representatives shall constitute twenty per centum of the total number of representatives including those under the party list. For three consecutive terms after the ratification of this Constitution, one-half of the seats allocated to party-list representatives shall be filled, as provided by law, by selection or election from the labor, peasant, urban poor, indigenous cultural communities, women, youth, and such other sectors as may be provided by law, except the religious sector.


(3) Each legislative district shall comprise, as far as practicable, contiguous, compact, and adjacent territory. Each city with a population of at least two hundred fifty thousand, or each province, shall have at least one representative.


(4) Within three years following the return of every census, the Congress shall make a reappointment of legislative districts based on the standards provided in this section.

Now that we have a little background on what a Philippine Congressional Representative is supposed to be doing (consisting), we would like Rep. Fabian to elaborate further to the people what he has done, and is doing, for the benefit of his Zamboanga City constituency.  We'll help define the people's right to know:

THE 1987 CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
Article 3:
  Bill of Rights

 

Principles

SEC. 7.
The right of the people to information on matters of public concern shall be recognized. Access to official records, and to documents, and papers pertaining to official acts, transactions, or decisions, as well as to government research data used as basis for policy development, shall be afforded the citizen, subject to such limitations as may be provided by law.

Since Rep. Fabian failed to elaborate on what he has done, legislatively, we did some digging and found the information we were looking for:

 

source:  

 

Member Information


 

Fabian, Erico Basilio A. Representative
Zamboanga City, Lone District
LDP
Term: 1


Age: 49
Date of Birth: 12 September 1957
Place of Birth: Zamboanga City
Religion: Roman Catholic
Civil Status: S
Other Profession: Nurse / Mediaman

 

Rm. N-319, House of Representatives, Quezon City
Phone: 931-5001 local 7358, 9315773
Chief of Staff: Ruth Allen A. Ruste
 


 

COMMITTEES

  1. FOREIGN AFFAIRS, Member for the Majority

  2. LEGISLATIVE FRANCHISES, Member for the Majority

  3. TRANSPORTATION, Member for the Majority

  4. AGRICULTURE & FOOD, Member for the Minority

  5. APPROPRIATIONS, Member for the Minority

  6. AQUACULTURE AND FISHERIES RESOURCES, Member for the Minority

  7. BASIC EDUCATION AND CULTURE, Member for the Minority

  8. EAST ASIAN GROWTH AREA, Member for the Minority

  9. ECOLOGY, Member for the Minority

 10. GAMES AND AMUSEMENTS, Member for the Minority

 11. HEALTH, Member for the Minority

 12. HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, Member for the Minority

 13. LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT, Member for the Minority

 14. MINDANAO AFFAIRS, Member for the Minority

 15. NATIONAL DEFENSE AND SECURITY, Member for the Minority

 16. PUBLIC INFORMATION, Member for the Minority

 17. PUBLIC ORDER AND SAFETY, Member for the Minority

 18. PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS, Member for the Minority

 19. TOURISM, Member for the Minority

 20. WAYS AND MEANS, Member for the Minority

 21. YOUTH AND SPORTS DEVELOPMENT, Member for the Minority


 

HOUSE BILLS SPONSORED/AUTHORED

1. HB02245 [History]
AN ACT CREATING THE ZAMBOANGA CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY, DEFINING ITS POWERS AND FUNCTIONS, AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR
Status: Pending with the Committee on GOVERNMENT ENTERPRISES AND PRIVATIZATION since 2004-08-16
 

Philippines House of Representatives, 13th Congress, 1st Session

History of Bill

 
NO. HB02245

FULL TITLE : AN ACT CREATING THE ZAMBOANGA CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY, DEFINING ITS POWERS AND FUNCTIONS, AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR


BY CONGRESSMAN/WOMAN FABIAN, ERICO BASILIO A.


DATE FILED ON 2004-08-09


REFERRAL ON 2004-08-16 TO THE COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT ENTERPRISES AND PRIVATIZATION
SECONDARILY REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE(S) ON TRANSPORTATION
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE REFERRALS :SECONDARILY REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATIONS on 2004-08-16;


SIGNIFICANCE: LOCAL
SUBJECT:AIRPORTS

DATE READ: 2004-08-16


Source: Bills and Index Service
Page last updated on: 22 March 2007

 

 

2. HB02246 [History]
AN ACT TO RE-ESTABLISH THE ORIGINAL BOUNDARY LINES BETWEEN THE CITY OF ZAMBOANGA AND THE PROVINCE OF ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE
Status: Pending with the Committee on LOCAL GOVERNMENT since 2004-08-16
 

3. HB02247 [History]
AN ACT ESTABLISHING A NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL IN BARANGAY BUNGUIAO, CITY OF ZAMBOANGA, TO BE KNOWN AS BUNGUIAO NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR
Status: Substituted by HB05784
 

4. HB02248 [History]
AN ACT ESTABLISHING A NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL IN BARANGAY SINUBONG, CITY OF ZAMBOANGA, TO BE KNOWN AS SINUBONG NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR
Status: Substituted by HB05628
 

5. HB02249 [History]
AN ACT ESTABLISHING A NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL IN BARANGAY TALON-TALON, CITY OF ZAMBOANGA, TO BE KNOWN AS TALON-TALON NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR
Status: Substituted by HB05867
 

6. HB02548 [History]
AN ACT INCREASING THE MINIMUM BED CAPACITY OF THE ZAMBOANGA CITY MEDICAL CENTER FROM TWO HUNDRED FIFTY (250) TO FIVE HUNDRED (500), AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE SECTION 2 OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7272
Status: Pending with the Committee on HEALTH since 2004-08-31
 

7. HB02549 [History]
AN ACT CREATING THE ZAMBOANGA CITY RIVER DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY FOR THE PRESERVATION, PROTECTION, AND DEVELOPMENT OF ALL ROVERS, RIVER SYSTEMS, AND NATURAL WATERWAYS WITHIN THE CITY'S JURISDICTION, DEFINING ITS POWERS AND FUNCTIONS, AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR
Status: Pending with the Committee on GOVERNMENT ENTERPRISES AND PRIVATIZATION since 2004-08-31
 

8. HB02616 [History]
AN ACT AMENDING CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7903, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE 'ZAMBOANGA CITY SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE ACT OF 1995'
Status: Scheduled for first meeting/hearing on 2005-08-16
 

9. HB03048 [History]
AN ACT AMENDING SECTIONS 14(j) AND 29 OF BATAS PAMBANSA BLG. 129, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE JUDICIARY REORGANIZATION ACT OF 1980
Status: Substituted by HB05724
 

10. HB04213 [History]
AN ACT CREATING AN ADDITIONAL DISTRICT ENGINEERING OFFICE IN THE CITY OF ZAMBOANGA AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR
Status: Substituted by HB04860
 

11. HB04214 [History]
AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE PASONANCA WATERSHED FOREST RESERVE LOCATED IN ZAMBOANGA CITY AS A PROTECTED AREA UNDER THE CATEGORY OF NATURAL PARK AND ITS PERIPHERAL AREAS AS BUFFER ZONES, PROVIDING FOR ITS MANAGEMENT, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Status: Substituted by HB05910
 

12. HB04559 [History]
AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE CONVERSION OF THE WESTERN MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY INTO THE WESTERN MINDANAO REGIONAL STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM, DEFINING ITS POWERS, FUNCTIONS, AND DUTIES, AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Status: Pending with the Committee on HIGHER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION since 2005-08-08
 

13. HB04860 [History]
AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE ZAMBOANGA CITY SECOND DISTRICT ENGINEERING OFFICE AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR
Status: Approved by the House on 2006-04-05, transmitted to on 2006-04-25 and received by the Senate on 2006-04-25
 

14. HB05628 [History]
AN ACT ESTABLISHING A NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL IN BARANGAY SINUBONG, CITY OF ZAMBOANGA, PROVINCE OF ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR TO BE KNOWN AS THE SINUBONG NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR
Status: Approved by the House on 2006-10-13, transmitted to on 2006-10-26 and received by the Senate on 2006-10-26
 

15. HB05669 [History]
AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE GREAT AND LITTLE STA. CRUZ ISLANDS IN ZAMBOANGA CITY AS A PROTECTED AREA UNDER THE CATEGORY OF PROTECTED LANDSCAPE AND SEASCAPE AND THE PERIPHERAL AREAS AS BUFFER ZONES, PROVIDING FOR THE MANAGEMENT THEREOF, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Status: Pending with the Committee on NATURAL RESOURCES since 2006-08-02
 

16. HB05724 [History]
AN ACT CREATING FOUR ADDITIONAL REGIONAL TRIAL COURT BRANCHES AND FOUR ADDITIONAL MUNICIPAL TRIAL COURT BRANCHES IN THE PROVINCE OF ZAMOBANGA DEL SUR TO BE STATIONED IN THE CITY OF ZAMBOANGA, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE SECTION 14, PARAGRAPH (J) AND SECTION 29 OF BATAS PAMBANSA BLG. 129, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE JUDICIARY REORGANIZATION ACT OF 1980, AS AMENDED, AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR
Status: Printed copies distributed to members on 2007-01-22
 

17. HB05784 [History]
AN ACT SEPARATING THE MANICAHAN NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL - BUNGUIAO ANNEX IN BARANGAY BUNGUIAO, CITY OF ZAMBOANGA, PROVINCE OF ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR, FROM THE MANICAHAN NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL, CONVERTING IT INTO AN INDEPENDENT NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL TO BE KNOWN AS THE BUNGUIAO NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR
Status: Printed copies distributed to members on 2006-10-11
 

18. HB05867 [History]
AN ACT SEPARATING THE ZAMBOANGA NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL - ANNEX IN BARANGAY TALON-TALON, CITY OF ZAMBOANGA, PROVINCE OF ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR, FROM THE ZAMBOANGA NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL, CONVERTING IT INTO AN INDEPENDENT NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL TO BE KNOWN AS THE TALON-TALON NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR
Status: Approved by the House on 2006-12-20, transmitted to on 2007-01-24 and received by the Senate on 2007-01-24
 

19. HB05910 [History]
AN ACT DECLARING THE PASONANCA WATERSHED FOREST RESERVE LOCATED IN ZAMBOANGA CITY AS A PROTECTED AREA, UNDER THE CATEGORY OF NATURAL PARK, AND ITS PERIPHERAL AREAS AS BUFFER ZONES, PROVIDING FOR ITS MANAGEMENT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Status: Approved by the House on 2006-12-20, transmitted to on 2007-01-24 and received by the Senate on 2007-01-24
 

20. HR01025 [History]
REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF BUDGET AND MANAGEMENT TO ALLOCATE THE NECESSARY FUNDS FOR THE CONDUCT OF THE 2007, ELECTIONS IN THE TWO LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS OF ZAMBOANGA CITY
Status: Pending with the Committee on APPROPRIATIONS since 2005-11-30
 


Source: Secretary General's Office / Engineering Division / PRID
Page last updated on
22 March 2007

link: http://www.congress.gov.ph/members/search.php?id=fabian-e

We would like for Congressman Erbie Fabian to give the Zamboangueños a detailed update on what he said to his fellow Representatives in Congress at the time of his introduction of the aforementioned House Bills and their current status.  It would be a good idea for his office to give the people a regular, say quarterly, update on the happenings of his office in Congress.  Zamboanga City is at a critical crossroads now and with two Congressional Representatives coming up in the May 2007 election, our city is bound to make its voice heard louder in the halls and floor of Congress.  It is imperative that both Zamboanga City Representatives play a team role in representing our city's important issues in the Philippine Congress' House of Representatives.