Cabinet Secretary and former Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles set Tuesday three qualities for the next chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations in the 18th Congress.

At the second day of the Executive Course on Legislation for neophyte lawmakers, the former chairman of the influential House panel said the next chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations should be “patient, tolerant, and understanding.”

“Patience, tolerance, and understanding. Sana maging mabait ang Appro chair ninyo,” he told the 16 neophyte lawmakers attending the executive course Tuesday.

He even shared how he lost weight during the House deliberations on the 2019 national budget.

“When I was the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, I lost 10 pounds, 15 pounds. Ampayat ko dahil maraming concerns, maraming tanong, maraming pangangailangan, ‘yung mga distrito lahat gusto nating tulungan at lahat gustong pagbigyan. It is like slicing up the budget pie and it is limited,” Nograles said.

Among those who expressed interest to chair the House panel in the coming 18th Congress are reelected Albay second district Rep. Joey Salceda and outgoing Senator and Antique Representative-elect Loren Legarda.

Salceda led the Appropriations panel during the previous Arroyo administration and was tasked to serve as senior vice chairman of the powerful committee in the 17th Congress, which was formerly headed by Nograles and outgoing Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando “Nonoy” Andaya Jr.

While, Legarda, the chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance, was endorsed by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III to head the panel.

Nograles said the House Appropriations panel head must act as a “good father of a family listening to all the concerns and plea of almost all the members of the House as each represents different constituencies from the remotest barangay to the highly urbanized cities.”

“The House Appro chair also serves as the chef of the House cooking and slicing up the budget pie to respond to the manifold needs of each House member,” he added.

During the executive course, Nograles, who served as Davao City representative for three terms, exhorted the neophyte congressmen to “study” the basic fundamentals of the budget process.

“Study the books. I can give you the tips, but useless ang tips ko sa inyo, if you don’t study. You really have to take pains in studying. Kelangan masipag mag-aral,” he said. “Do your homework,” he said.

Among those who attended the executive course were Zamboanga City Rep. Cesar Jimenez Jr., Masbate Rep. Wilton Kho, Catanduanes Rep. Hector Sanchez, Navotas Rep. John Reynald Tiangco, Negros Occidental Rep. Gerardo Valmayor Jr., Palawan Rep. Gil Acosta Jr., Albay Rep. Fernando Cabredo, North Cotabato Rep. Rudy Caoagdan, Davao del Norte Rep. Aldu Dujali, Benguet Rep. Nestor Fongwan, Batanes Rep. Ciriaco Gato, Pangasinan Rep. Tyrone Agabas, DIWA partylist Rep. Michael Edgar Aglipay, Lanao del Sur Rep. Yasser Balindong, Mountain Province Rep. Maximo Dalog Jr. and Ilocos Norte Rep. Eugenio Angelo Barba.

This news was originally published on on June 18, 2019.

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