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Based on House records, the attendance period covered the session days of July 23 until August 13 where at 61 congressmen incurred absences.

The records showed that most of the 61 absentees were third-term lawmakers who cited reasons such as official travel for their absences.

Some of the 176 congressmen who scored perfect attendance were House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr.; House Majority Leader Arthur Defensor; House Deputy Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II; and Representatives Prospero Nograles of Davao City, Ferdinand Martin Romualdez of Leyte, Pablo Garcia of Cebu, Luis Villafuerte of Camarines Sur, Juan Miguel Arroyo of Pampanga, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. of Ilocos Norte, Ferjenil Biron of Iloilo, Marcelino Teodoro of Marikina City, Joseph Emilio Abaya of Cavite, Alfonso Umali of Oriental Mindoro, Eleandro Jesus Madrona of Romblon, Lani Cayetano of Taguig-Pateros, Rodolfo Albano III of Isabela, Ruffy Biazon of Muntinlupa City, Justin Marc Chipeco of Laguna, Roger Mercado of Southern Leyte, Abraham Mitra of Palawan, Florencio Miraflores of Aklan, Roilo Golez of Parañaque City, Matias Defensor of Quezon City, Darlene Antonino-Custodio of South Cotabato, Satur Ocampo of Bayan Muna, Teodoro Casiño of Bayan Muna, Abegail Binay of Makati City, Liza Maza of Gabriela, and Teodoro Locsin of Makati City.

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Romblon promotes islet as the 'new Boracay'

THE decision of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to ban construction on Boracay Island could lead the way for the discovery of another world-class tourist destination near the area.

Romblon Representative Eleandro Jesus Madrona said foreign businessmen are eyeing the island-town of San Jose in Romblon as an alternate site for their tourism investments.

Madrona said some investors from the European Union, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan have begun talking with government officials on the prospect of setting up businesses in San Jose, a carabao-shaped island that is only 30 minutes by plane from Manila and 15 minutes by boat from Boracay.

Alarmed by the overcrowding and congestion in Boracay where resorts and buildings continue to rise, the DENR recently ordered a moratorium on constructions on the island.

Romblon officials, headed by Madrona and Governor Natalio Beltran III, said the DENR's move is a good opportunity for the province to offer to foreign and local investors the beauty of San Jose where the proposed Romblon Special Economic Zone Authority will soon rise with the expected start of construction of a modern international airport in October.

The airport, which can accommodate airbuses and other huge aircraft, will cost an estimated P5 billion, of which P1 billion has already been reportedly advanced by its developer, Boracay Holdings, to buy out families holding titles to lands to be affected by the proposed project.

Madrona, Beltran and other Romblon officials said foreign investors have shown interest in relocating to San Jose following the DENR moratorium after discovering that the island also has powdery white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters that could rival, if not exceed that of Boracay.

Romblon officials conduct Agusan del Norte study tour
by Roque Lexter P. Dolotina

BUTUAN CITY (August 9) -- Thirty-nine government officials from the province of Romblon composed of provincial, municipal and barangay officials headed by Congressman Eleandro Jesus Madrona and Provincial Governor Natalio Beltran are slated to arrive at 1:00 p.m. today at the Bancasi Airport for a study tour.

The visiting contingent will be welcomed by representatives of the Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte.

The purpose of the study tour here by the Romblon officials is to witness the successful mining project in Tubay, Agusan del Norte as well as to visit local tourist sites. They want to witness first-hand Agusan del Norte's local mining and tourism industries which have positive reviews in the Visayas and Luzon Provinces.

The profitable and responsible mining venture at Tubay, Agusan del Norte have substantially augment the provincial coffers with the taxes and fees paid by the mining company SRMI. While the province's pristine eco-tourist spots, characterized by environmentalist and tour agencies as unrivaled in beauty, has become a come-on for local and foreign tourists.

The Romblon officials' two-day study-tour will be capped by a joint press conference of the provincial officials of Agusan del Norte and Romblon tomorrow, Friday, August 10, 2007 at 12:00 noon in one of the local convention centers here.

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The officials said the businessmen were also attracted by the real estate in San Jose which, aside from being four times bigger than Boracay, is still virtually unoccupied and owned by original settlers who have been residing in the area for years.

The price of real estate in San Jose is much lower, according to the officials, adding that the town's present population is only a little more than 8,000. "This means that the water and power supply in the island is sustainable until the next 15 or 20 years," they said.

The continuous and uncontrolled development and migration to Boracay, which a favorite destination of foreign tourists, have reportedly discouraged investors who also find taxes in the island "quite high."

In their meeting with investors from Europe, Taiwan, Korea and Japan recently, Madrona and Beltran assured that the province will impose "much less" local taxes compared to those imposed in the country's other tourist destinations.

"That is provided for in my House Bill (HB) 1629 that I filed recently," Madrona said. The measure outlines the potentials of Romblon as a tourist and investors destination and the incentives that it can offer to businessmen.

Madrona said foreign investors are interested in putting up multimillion-peso hotels, business centers, first-class restaurants, condominiums, a gold course and other facilities before the expected completion of the airport in 2010.

San Jose Mayor Filipino Tandog said this early, residents of the island are "ecstatic" with the scheduled construction of the huge airport, a project that will generate employment and other opportunities for the island-town where fishing and farming still remain as the main sources of the people's income. (Sunnex)

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By Maila Ager

Last updated 06:15pm (Mla time) 08/31/2007
MANILA, Philippines -- Doubting the capability of the Commission on Elections to ensure peaceful and honest elections after the conduct of the polls in May, a neophyte lawmaker has pressed for the postponement of the barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (youth council) elections from October this year to 2010.

“With reports of electoral anomalies waiting to be resolved, the Commission on Elections may not be able to satisfactorily conduct a peaceful and honest election,” Romblon Representative Eleandro Jesus Madrona said in a statement on Friday.

“Besides, the nation is still suffering from an election fatigue, financial uncertainty, and too much political turbulence,” he said.

Cheating allegations involving some election officials have continued to hound the administration as shown by the revival of the wiretapping controversy linking President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to electoral fraud in 2004.

Madrona then urged for the immediate passage of his proposed measure, House Bill 1630, synchronizing the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to the 2010 national and local polls.

Madrona’s bill seeks to amend Republic Act 9340 known as “An Act Amending Republic Act No. 9164, Resetting the Barangay and SK Elections,” which calls for the holding of the barangay and SK elections on the last Monday of October 2007 and every three years thereafter.

It further provides that all incumbent barangay officials and SK officials shall remain in office, unless sooner removed or suspended for cause.

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Reset October barangay, SK elections to 2010, urges solon
More than half of lawmakers score perfect attendance

ONE hundred seventy-six of 237 congressmen have attended the first 10 session days of the House of Representatives since the opening of the 14th Congress last month while Negros Occidental Representative Julio "Jules" Ledesma, husband of actress Assunta de Rossi, recorded seven absences.
May 14, 2007 Local Elections
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Solon denies ownership of sunken ship
By bob on Aug 20, 2007 in News

The yacht that sank off the coast of Mariveles, Bataan at the height of typhoon “Egay” on Wednesday does not belong to Romblon Rep. Eleandro Jesus Madrona.

Madrona clarified that the yacht was on its way to Cebu from Hong Kong when hit by big logs on its hull.  The damage caused the boat to sink some 300 meters off the coast.

Madrona said the yacht was owned by Korean Rental, a Cebu City-based company, which purchased the boat in Hong Kong through Kim Sang Hyuk who, the lawmaker said, is a close friend of his family.

The congressman said that he provided the conduction crew that would have brought the yacht from Hong Kong to Cebu.

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