In just his first 15 months as Representative of Iloilo City, Congressman Jerry P. Treñas has proven that he is one of the most prolific lawmakers in Congress. With an impressive 115 House Measures under his belt, Congressman Treñas showed that even a neophyte legislator can make a huge impact.
In 2011, Congressman Treñas authored 52 House Measures (38 bills and 14 resolutions). Of the 38 bills, 32 are of great importance to Iloilo City.
Twenty of these were already passed by the House of Representatives: reapportioning Iloilo City in order for it to have an additional Congressional District; converting the Western Visayas College of Science and Technology into a State University (to be known as the Iloilo State University); 16 bills converting Iloilo City streets currently classified as city roads into national roads; declaring August 25 of every year as a special non-working holiday in celebration of the Iloilo City Charter Day, and an act exempting the Cities Development Initiative for Asia from taxation. Treñas also filed a bill creating the Metro Iloilo-Guimaras Economic Development Council (MIGEDC) aimed to strengthen the existing body and serve as its organic law in order to hasten the economic development of the region.
In addition to his local bills, Congressman Treñas also filed a bill classifying several key tourist attractions in Iloilo City as official tourist spots to allow the Department of Tourism to give particular emphasis to these identified sites so as to preserve them and to attract more tourists.
He also authored a bill increasing the number of plantilla positions for the West Visayas State University Medical Center so that it can handle more patients from the Iloilo City Lone Congressional District.
Congressman Treñas also passed a bill exempting the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) from taxation.
The CDIA performs an important role in the development of Iloilo City and numerous other urban areas in the Philippines, as it provides cities with the necessary technical assistance for local projects, which can be funded through Public-Private Partnerships.
He also filed a bill that would require 100 percent of the taxes on all the sales recorded by the principal offices of businesses to go to the city or municipality where the actual factory, project office, plant and plantation are located in order to strengthen the autonomy and revenue generation of local governments.
Presently, only 70 percent of these taxes go to the local governments’ share.
To further support the local governments, Congressman Treñas also filed a bill for the inclusion of the Department of the Interior and Local Government regional offices as member of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils to provide an effective response to the needs of the people in times of disasters or crises.