Iloilo City Representative Jerry Treñas was chosen to represent the Philippines as part of the country’s congressional delegation to the Microsoft Executive Briefing on June 18-20 at the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, Washington. Treñas is a member of the Committee on Information Communications Technology (ICT) of the House of Representatives. Taguig City 2nd District Representative Sigfrido Tinga, Chairman of the Committee on ICT, is also part of the Philippine delegation.
Mircosoft, the world’s leading software provider, organized an executive briefing for various government leaders in order to discuss key ICT issues such as the transnational trends in technology, the use of ICT for national development and the advantages of ICT in education. The conference also focused on the legislative issues in social computing and cyber security.
The House Committee on ICT handles key technology-related legislation, such as the Data Privacy Act which aims to protect the integrity and confidentiality of personal data. The bi-cameral conference committee report for the Data Privacy Act was recently ratified by the House and the Senate and was already transmitted to Malacañang Palace for the President’s approval.
Aside from his membership in the ICT Committee, Treñas is also part of the House Committees on Appropriation, Ecology, Ways and Means, and Energy. The Iloilo City Solon is also the Chairman of the Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability and the Vice-Chairman of both the Committee on Local Government and the Committee on Trade and Industry.