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"Sa Diyos, Sa Tao, Serbisyong Totoo"
Jose "Joey" D. Lina Jr.
Liberal Party
Candidate for Provincial Governor
Accomplishments as Chairman of the Advocates for Servant Leadership - 2004 - present

Promotes "Servant Leadership"

  • Through the conduct ofseminars and workshops among local and national leaders and their local residents to encourage them to serve others while staying focused on achieving results in line with the organization's values and integrity.
  • The concept of servant leadership in the west can be traced back, at least partly, to Jesus, who taught his disciples that
  • You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:42-45)

Adopted a Blueprint for National Transformation

  • Note: This Blueprint for National Transformation proposed by Advocates for Servant Leadership (ASL) is a direct response to this urgent need for transformation. It is based on the ideas of its members, as well as those proposed by different individuals and groups such as the Blueprint for a Viable Philippines.
  • ASL believes that a blueprint such as this set in motion by true servant leaders is key to achieving true economic, political, and social transformation in the country.
  • This blueprint is neither definitive nor all-encompassing; rather, it proposes a beginning, an initiative towards the urgent and necessary rebuilding of our nation after the crisis is past.
  • According to Joey Lina, "we must rebuild our broken nation, and it must be based on sound policies that put the national interest and the felt needs of the common man above all and Godly righteousness first."

Accomplishments as Chairman of the Bayanihang Pilipino - 2004 - present

  • The NGO arm of DILG's Bayanihang Pilipino project. It is a savings and livelihood project that helps non-government organizations to develop their capacity to augment their livelihood.

*Note: Today, there are now more than 6,000 bayanihan renters, with more than 150,000 as its members nationwide (based on DILG's statistics)

Major Accomplishments as Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) - Jan 2001 – July 2004

In Local Government

Strengthened Decentralization and Local Autonomy

    On the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA)

  • Successfully moved for the immediate, automatic, and full release of IRA directly to LGUs to ensure the local and fiscal autonomy of local government units (LGUs).
  • Release of P34.5 billion unreleased or withheld IRA for 1998-2001 by previous administrations and subsequently by an additional of P30 billion (2006-2008) collected by LGUs.
  • Repeal of Executive Orders (EOs) which undermined local autonomy (EO No. 9 repealed EO Nos. 189, 190, and 250 which put restrictions on the use of the LGUs 20% Development Fund, in CY2001)
  • Recall of previous DILG Memorandum Circulars that were anti-local autonomy (i.e. MCs that required prior approval of the DILG Secretary before LGUs can obtain a loan and purchase heavy equipment)
  • Removal of the Local Government Service Equalization Fund (LGSEF), amounting to P15 billion, which were funds cut from the LGUs’ from IRA

    On Travel Authority

  • Approval of travel orders delegated to SILG from OP.
  • Devolved to Provincial Governors and City Mayors to issue travel orders to their respective local officials in consonance with the principle of local autonomy.

    The Anti – Red Tape Project

  • Transparent level playing field and uniform application of rules and regulations for all LGUs for business permit, building permit, certificate of occupancy, and real property documents.
  • 115 cities and 455 municipalities adopted Simplified Applications Systems, One-Stop Shop Processing Centers, and Customer Complaints Desks

    LGU Capability Building Programs

  • More training and seminars for local elective and appointive officials and leagues to equip them to be effective political, economic, and development managers.
  • 703 LGUs formulated Gender and Development Plans.
  • 25 cities with improved services through Social Development Centers for street and urban working children

    Local Government Performance Measurement

  • Enhanced and integrated measurement tools to gauge LGU productivity, performance, and citizen satisfaction over time.
  • Best Practices programs in partnership with local and international organizations.

    Access to Finance Facilities for Basic Services of Low Income LGUs

  • Arranged finance for Bridge construction in 111 municipalities and 13 cities under the President’s Bridge Program.
  • Mindanao Basic Urban Services Sector Project.
  • Arranged finance for Bridge construction in 111 municipalities and 13 cities under the President’s Bridge Program
  • Mindanao Basic Urban Services Sector Project

Strengthened Barangay as Service Point for Information

    Put up Gabay sa Mamamayan Action Centers (GMAC) in 38,262 Barangays

  • Access to information and referral at barangay level on local and national government programs, including job opportunities, financial and legal assistance.
  • Direct assistance to ordinary citizens, esp. the poor through open house days and live phone-ins on national radio in his radio program "Sagot Ko 'Yan".
  • 11,485 persons served, 3,775 calls, and 2,008 texts responded to.

    On Travel Authority

  • Approval of travel orders delegated to SILG from OP.
  • Devolved to Provincial Governors and City Mayors to issue travel orders to their respective local officials in consonance with the principle of local autonomy.

Promoted Community Based Economic Projects

    Bayanihan Savings Replication Project

  • 2,643 Bayanihan centers organized in 449 cities/ municipalities (*Today it has grown to more than 6,000 centers nationwide with over 150,000 members benefiting from its livelihood and loan financing projects).
  • 67,448 citizens reached with P19 million Bayanihan funds generated from saving.

    Kalinga sa Kabataan Program

  • Emergency employment for 20,000 OSYs and OWYs in KAHALHI areas.
  • Livelihood training for 9,500 OSYs.

In the Interior

Led in the Civil Defense of the Republic against Coup D’Etat, Terrorism and other Destabilization Efforts

Patrol 117 Emergency Telephone Response Project (local version of '911')

  • 176 hotlines in 44 cities nationwide, average response time to emergencies 6.47 minutes state-of-the-art telecommunication centers in 8 cities (today, more LGUs covered nationwide) Barangay as Partner in Addressing Peace and Orde

Intensified Campaign Against Criminality

  • Training of 500,000 Barangay Tanods under the Tanod Professionalization Program.
  • Formation of 35,655 Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Committees (BADAC) in 35,655 barangays. (Provide information on drug related activities to law enforcement agencies that led to dismantling of shabu laboratories, confiscation of billions worth of shabu)
  • Organized Barangay Health and Response Teams (BHERTS) - Anti-SARS and Epidemics
  • Revitalized Barangay Peace and Order Committees (BPOCs). (Enabled formulation of peace & order and public safety plans in 37,535 barangays)

Intensified Campaign Against Criminality

    On illegal drugs

  • Php30.6c)B worth of illegal drugs confiscated, 19 illegal drug laboratories dismantled.
  • Heightened citizens' mobilization and media drive against illegal drugs Lakbay Kontra Droga Nationwide Caravan.
  • Arrest of more than 100,000 drug pushers, users, other drug personalities.

    On illegal gambling

  • Worked successfully for passage of R.A. 9282 which increases penalties for illegal numbers game.
  • Arrest of approx. 20,000 persons involved in illegal gambling.

Professionalization of the Uniformed Services

  • 19,435 New policemen added to the PNP.
  • Salary standardization of PNP Personnel, making them at par with teachers.
  • Fire and Jail servicemen's salaries now at par with Police.

In DILG Administration

  • 31% savings - Top Department in generating savings.
  • Savings of P 50.6 M with Government Electronic Procurement System.
  • Transparency and Accountability in all DILG public biddings, with participation of Makati Business Club, NGOs, and Council of the Laity in the Philippines in the bidding process.
  • Strict adherence to Civil Service Commission Career Executive Service roles in all appointments.

Major Accomplishments as President of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) and concurrently as President of the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) - 1998 – 2001

(*ULAP MEMBERS: Leagues of Provinces (LPP), Cities (LCP), Municipalities (LMP), Barangays (LnB), Provincial Board Members (PBMLP), Vice Mayors (VMLP), Councilors (PCL), National Movement for Young Legislators (NMYL), Metro Manila Mayors League (MMML), and other associate members), representing the 1.2 Million local officials nationwide as ULAP members. ULAP is a member of the International Union of Local Authorities (IULA).

  • Immediate, automatic and full release of IRA directly to LGUs.
  • Release of P 34.5 B unreleased or withheld IRA for 1998-2001 by previous administrations and subsequently by an additional of P30 Billion (2006-2008), for a total of P 64.5 Billion collected by LGUs representing the total amount cut on the IRA by Congress and the Executive Department.
  • In 1997. DBM adopted the ULAP correct interpretation of the law in computing the 40% share of LGUs from the gross national internal revenue collections which resulted in a dramatic increase in the LGUs' IRA share. thus ensuring a more accurate and transparent computation. i.e. from P56 B in 1996, IRA went up to P71 Billion.
  • Caused the veto by former President Estrada of special provisions in the General Appropriations Act (GAA) in 1999 requiring "prior approval" or "prior concurrence" of members of Congress prior to the release of funds of the Executive Department, estimated to have amounted to P 40 Billion.
  • Removal of the Local Government Service Equalization Fund (LGSEF) which were funds sourced from the LGUs' from IRA.
  • IRA Monetization Program - floated ULAP bonds as an innovative alternative for the National Government to be able to release the IRA cuts made by Congress in the GAA, backed up by Supreme Court rulings adhering to the position of ULAP.
  • Advocated for the adoption by DBM of the "Modified Disbursement Scheme" ensuring the timely and automatic release of the full IRA share due LGUs.
  • Advocated for the declaration by the Supreme Court that any form of IRA cut is unconstitutional, thus causing the issuance of the following rulings and orders:
  • G.R. No. 132988 (July 19, 2000) - SC ruled that A.O. 372 and 43 on economy measures cutting the IRA by P 8.09 Billion was unconstitutional
    G.R. No. 144256 (October 2001) - Supreme Court (SC) ruled that Congress' setting aside of IRA to Unprogrammed Funds, amounting to P17.5 Billion, was unconstitutional
    G.R. No. 152774 (May 27, 2004) - SC ruled that the LGSEF, amounting to P 15 Billion, set aside by Congress as IRA cut, is unconstitutional
    Executive Order No. 723 (May 12, 2008) - PRESIDENT Arroyo ordered the release of P12.58 billion to LGUs to cover the discrepancy in the amount unreleased IRA of LGUs due to the reenactment of the national budget in 2001 and 2004.
  • Institutionalized ULAP Capability Building Fund benefiting all its 1.2 Million members nationwide.
  • Provided for a permanent office for ULAP and LPP in Summit One Towers in Mandaluyong City.
  • Elevated the standing of ULAP, LPP, and the Leagues, as a strong lobby group, duly recognized by the national government and all sectors of society on national and local issues affecting local governments.
  • Institutionalized ULAP and its official recognition under EO No. 351.

Major Accomplishments as Governor of the Province of Laguna - 1995 – 2001

  • Made Laguna the Number one Province in the country during his term and the first Province to surpass the P 1 Billion income level in 1999, i.e. Increased income of the province from P61 Million in 1990 to P 1.8 Billion in 2001. Laguna earned a total of P6.5 Billion (1995-2001).
  • Laguna was also number one in 1999 (*BLGF-Department of Finance Report (DOF) Financial Statement of Income and Expenditures of Provinces) in terms tax collections from:
  • Real Property
    Other taxes
    Service Charges
    Economic Enterprises
  • Laguna was also the number one province in terms of expenditures spent on providing quality basic services to ensure the general welfare of the people under the principles of transparency, accountability and good governance.
  • Laguna was also the number one Province in terms of having the lowest IRA dependency rate at 41.9% in 1991, where the average IRA dependency rate then for Provinces was at 77%.
  • Province became #1 in manufactured exports.
  • Instituted and implemented a 21-Point Development Program for Laguna in partnership with the Kapatirang Lingap sa Nayon, business sector and other stakeholders, to wit:
  • Moral Recovery
    Livelihood and Cooperative
    Employment & Manpower Dev't.
    Environment Protection
    Peace and Order
    Land Use and Urban Planning
    Youth Welfare
    Science and Technology
    Agricultural Productivity
    Trade and Commerce
    Program for Children, Women and Family
    Program for Elderly and Senior Citizens
    Solid Waste Management
    Traffic Engineering and Management
    Telecommunications, Water and Energy
    Finance, Ways and Means
  • Laguna's Awards and Recognitions received during Lina’s Tenure
  • Most Outstanding Province in the Philippines (National Press Club, KBP), 1998
    Most Outstanding Province in Southern Tagalog Region "for its implementation of Community development programs, as well as improving the quality of life of the people" (PACD, DILG), 1998.
    Outstanding in Real Property Tax Collection in Region IV, for 3 years, 1995 -1997
    Highest in Real Property Tax Collection among 78 provinces, 1995- 2000
    Highest Job Generation in the country, 1995 - 2000
    Highest Investment in Light and Medium Industry, 1995 - 2000
    Nutrition Green Banner Award, Outstanding Province in Region IV (National Nutrition Council, Department of Agriculture), 1996
    Outstanding Province in Agriculture - won 41 of 41 categories, Regional Search (Dept. of Agriculture, Lipa City), 1998
    Outstanding Province in Agriculture - won 34 out of 37 categories, Regional Search (Dept. of Agriculture, Lipa City), 1997.
    Most Outstanding Local Government Unit of Region IV (Dr. Jesus C. Azurin Award) by the Department of Health, 1997
    Champion, - DILG-LGUlympics (Iloilo City) July 1997
    Champion, Philippine National Games (Cebu City) December 1997
    Champion, Timex Triathlon (Cebu City) July 1997
    Champion (Secondary & Elementary Division) Southern Tagalog
    Champion, Regional Athletic Association (Cavite City), 1999 and 2000
    Batang Pinoy Champion, 1999 and 2000

Legislative Accomplishments as Senator of the Republic - 1987-1995

(Youngest Senator elected at the age of 35 years. Filed more than 338 Bills and Resolutions and passed 31 Laws.)

On Local Governance and Social Concerns

    Principal Author

    Incorporated Provisions in RA 7160-Local Government Code

  • Restoring the power of mayors to solemnize civil marriage.
  • Participation of the youth at different levels of government through the organization of the Sangguniang Kabataan.
  • Providing for membership of the Presidents of the Katipunan ng mga Barangay and the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation in the Sangguniang Panglunsod and the Sangguniang Bayan.
  • Including the SK Chairman as an Ex-Officio member of the Sangguniang Barangay.
  • Increasing the number of amicable disputes to be settled by the Lupon Tagapamayapa.
  • Providing for the direct election of the Punong Barangay.
  • Exempting barangay officials from payment of tuition and matriculation fees in State Colleges, Universities, and extending the same privileges to their legitimate dependent children.
  • Strengthening non-formal education in the country.

    Principal Sponsor and Author

  • RA 6972 - Providing a Barangay Day-Care Center for each Barangay in the country.
  • RA 6686 - Providing Christmas bonuses for all Barangay Heads.
  • RA 7808 - Extending the Tenure of Sangguniang Kabataan Officials.
  • RA 7846 - Providing for Free Hepatitis-B Immunization.

    Principal Sponsor and Co-Author

  • RA 7166 - Synchronization of National and Local Elections.

On Youth and Sports

    Principal Author

  • RA 7610 - Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.
  • RA 6809 - Lowering the Age of Majority from 21 to 18.
  • RA 6644 - Reducing the Minimum Age Requirement for Various Elective Officials.
  • RA 8049 - Anti-Hazing Act.
  • Incorporated Provisions on Youth and Sports in RA 7160 - Local Government Code.
  • Observance of Annual "Boys and Girls Week" in all barangays, Municipalities, cities, and provinces.
  • Establishment in all barangays, municipalities, cities, and provinces of "Palaro" as a year round activity for children and youth.
  • RA 7278 - Amending the Boy Scouts Charter by strengthening the Volunteers and Democratic Character of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines.
  • Res. No. 406, which led to the issuance of Presidential Proclamation No. 406 Declaring Years 1990 - 2000 as the "Decade of Physical Fitness and Sports".

    Principal Sponsor and Author

  • RA 6972 - Providing a Barangay Day-Care Center for each Barangay in the country.
  • RA 6686 - Providing Christmas bonuses for all Barangay Heads.
  • RA 7808 - Extending the Tenure of Sangguniang Kabataan Officials.
  • RA 7846 - Providing for Free Hepatitis-B Immunization.

    Principal Sponsor and Co-Author

  • RA 6847 - Creating the Philippine Sports Commission.
  • RA 7549 - Granting Tax Exemption Privileges to Donors and Donees of Awards for National Athletes.

Advocacy Work and Special Projects Organized and Implemented:

  • "Create a Sports Hero 1" - "Adopt an Athlete" project with the Philippine Jaycees which created "SPORTS HEROES" to inspire our citizenry. (Raised P3 Million and adopted 135 national athletes, 58 coaches giving them stipend from May 1991-Feb. 1992). The project matched national athletes with the business sector as their "Ninong" and "Ninang" where they received financial, moral, social, spiritual and psychological support so they can concentrate on their training - won an International Award in Helsinki Finland besting 81 other countries.
  • "Create a Sports Hero 2" - "Adopt an Athlete" project with the Philippine Jaycees for the national athletes that participated in the 17th SEA Games in Singapore. Raised P64 Million and adopted 442 national athletes and 70 coaches who won 188 medals for the country in 1993. The Project received a Special Citation from the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA).
  • 1st Philippine Sports Summit, Baguio City - First Consultative national Congress on Sports where all its leaders (local and national) nationwide came together to draft 33 resolutions. President Fidel Ramos signed Executive order No. 63 (adopted its declared policy of "SPORTS FOR ALL") and No. 64 (creating the National, Regional, Provincial, City, Municipal, and Barangay Physical Fitness and Sports Development Councils nationwide.
  • "AKBAYAN" - a nationwide torch relay to mark the start of the Decade of Physical Fitness and Sports Development (1990-2000), passing through all LGUs nationwide to increase awareness on the value of physical fitness and sports development in creating a healthy and alert citizenry where more than 1 Million runners joined the culminating run in Luneta, Manila.
  • "SEAG TORCH RUN '91" mobilized all stakeholders in both government and private sectors to support a unified citizen's support force for national athletes and to generate interest in preparation for the Philippine hosting of the 1991 SEA Games, where the Philippines placed second with a highest record haul of 91 gold medals.

On Housing, Environment, and Urban Development

    Principal Author

    Incorporated Provisions on housing and community planning in RA 7160 - Local Government Code

  • requiring the city, municipal and provincial Sanggunian to undertake housing projects in their respective jurisdictions.
  • Providing for a water system in every municipality
  • Providing for a safe and integrated waste disposal system in and every municipality
  • Mandating local government units to set aside a portion of their territory for forest parks
  • RA 7279 - Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992 (LINA LAW)
  • RA 6846 - Creating the Abot-Kaya Pabahay Fund
  • RA 6643 - Extending the Rent Control Law

    Principal Sponsor and Author

  • RA 7835 - PAG- IBIG Fund Mandatory Membership for those receiving a salary of more than P 4, 000.00 monthly.

    Sponsor and Co-Author

  • RA 6829 - Extending the Rent Control Law

    Advocacy Work

  • Organization of various housing associations to assist needy sectors (Senate, teachers, government employees, among others) in applying housing laws in order to build and acquire their own Homes
  • The Senate Housing Program - provided house and lots to Senate employees through PAG-IBIG Fund.
  • Mobilization of business and education sectors for an "Adopt a School" Program to address the immediate need for massive schoolhouse construction in affected areas immediately after the 1991 earthquake.

On Peace and Order and National Security

    Principal Sponsor and Co-Author

  • RA6968 - Punishing the Crime of Coup d' Etta
  • RA 6826 - Granting Emergency Powers to President Corazon C. Aquino in view of the Coup d'etat
  • RA 6832 - Creating the Davide Fact-Finding Commission

On Women's Concerns

    Principal Author

  • RA Z392 - Philippine Midwifery Act of 1992
  • RA 7877 - Anti-Sexual Harassment Act

    Principal Sponsor and Co-Author

  • RA 6949 - Declaring March 8 of Every Year as National Women's Day

On National Moral Renewal

    Principal Author

  • Joint Resolution No. 14, which led to the issuance of Presidential Proclamation No. 830 Declaring December 14, 1991 as "National Day of Prayer and Renewal"


  • Legislative initiatives towards phasing out legalized gambling as source of Government revenues, 1989
  • Initiated formation of a Bible sharing group composed of Senators and Congressional representatives, 1990 -1994

On Peace and Order and National Security

    Principal Sponsor and Co-Author

  • RA6968 - Punishing the Crime of Coup d' Etta
  • RA 6826 - Granting Emergency Powers to President Corazon C. Aquino in view of the Coup d'etat
  • RA 6832 - Creating the Davide Fact-Finding Commission

On Science and Technology

    Principal Author

  • RA 7459 - Inventors Incentives Act of 1992

    Advocacy Work

  • Mobilizing the business and science sectors into a Foundation to build and operate a Science Centrum to provide fun, hands-on experiential exhibits of basic science and technology principles for Filipino children, 1988.

Major Accomplishments as General Manager of the Metro Manila Commission - 1987 – 1995

Implemented the following programs that had significant impact for Metro Manila, with the help and support of all Cities, Municipalities, and Barangays within Metro Manila, spending only half of MMC’s budget allocated for the year, to wit:

  • Health Management
  • Peace and Order
  • Zoning and Lang Use Plans
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Traffic Engineering and Management
Work Experience
2004 to present :
Chairman, ASL Trading, Inc.
Chairman, Bayanihang Pilipino
Jan. 2001 – July 2004 :
Previous Posts Held
Government Position
  • Secretary, Department of the Interior and Local Government
    1. Chairman, National Police Commission
    2. Chairman, Board of Trustees, Philippine Public Safety College
    3. National Chairman, National Peace & Order Council
    4. Chairman, Patrol ‘117’ Commission
    5. Co-Chairman, National Task Force Convergence
    6. Board Member, National Economic Development Authority
    7. Member, Cabinet Oversight Committee on Internal Security
    8. Member, Cabinet Oversight Committee on Anti-Smuggling
    9. Cabinet Officer for Regional Development for Region IV–A
Aug. 2002 – July 2004 :
Chairman (OIC) with rank of Secretary, Dangerous Drugs Board
1999 – 2003 :
Commissioner, EDSA People Power Commission
1995 – 2001 :
Governor, Province of Laguna, 2 terms
  • Chairman, Laguna Lake Development Authority
  • Chairman, CALBARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon)
  • Regional Coordinating Councilug Law
1998 – 2001 :
President, League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP)
1998 – 2001 :
Founding President, Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP)
1987 – 1995 :
Senator, Philippine Senate, 2 terms
  • Assistant Majority Leader
  • Chairman, Committees on :
    1. Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement
    2. Constitutional Amendments, Revision of Codes and Laws
    3. Youth and Sports Development
    4. Science and Technology
  • Vice Chairman, Committees on :
    1. Accountability of Public Officers (Blue Ribbon)
    2. Electoral Reforms and People’s Participation
    3. Public Works
  • Member Committees on :
    1. Foreign Relations
    2. Finance
    3. Local Government
    4. National Defense & Security
    5. Senate Electoral Tribunal
    6. Agrarian Reform
    7. Cooperatives
    8. Education, Arts, and Culture
    9. Health
    10. Human Rights
    11. Peace, Unification, and Reconciliation
    12. Public Services
    13. Oversight on the Electric Power Crisis Act
1986 – 1987 :
Governor, Metro Manila
  • General Manager, Metro Manila Commission (MMC)
Law Practice :
Founder, Lina Rivera Santos Maranan Law Office (1992-1995)
Founder, Lina Raro Law Firm (1985 - 1986)
Lawyer, Blanco Law Firm (1980 - 1981)
Private Business :
President, Manila Hotel (2004 - 2009)
Member, Board of Trustees, Systems Technology Institute (STI) (1992 – 1996)
President, Gardmarks Inc. (Intellectual Property Protection) (1981 - 1985)
Employment :
Administrative Officer and Legal Counsel, Airfreight 2100 Inc. (1992-1995
Administrative Officer and Legal Counsel, Sceptre International Forwarders (1977-1979)
Assistant to the Managing Partner, LC Diaz and Co. (1973-1975)
Other Achievements
  1. Recognition for his stint as former Chairman of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), 14 November 2008
  2. Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Golden Dove Awards as Best Public Service Host of “Sagot Ko ‘Yan” radio program over DZMM ABS-CBN, Year 2006
  3. Lifetime Achievement Award “for his success and achievements as student leader, street parliamentarian, writer, lawyer, Senator, Governor, ULAP President, Cabinet member...a model worthy of emulation by the youth of the land”, given by the National Press Club of the Philippines (NPC), 29 August 2001
  4. Best Governor in Region IV “for outstanding contribution to peace and order” given by the Philippine National Police (PNP), 2000
  5. Most Outstanding Governor, “for incomparable achievement, sterling performance and services” given by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), People’s Network and Media Communication), 1998
  6. Outstanding Governor “for deep advocacy for a strong civil service and adherence to tenets of good governance” given by the Civil Service Commission, 1997
  7. Plaque of Recognition and Appreciation “for winning the Governorship with the highest margin in the history of Laguna and in the whole country” given by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Laguna, 1998
  8. Heroism Award “for reviving a drowning victim” given by the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) – San Pablo, 1997
  9. Kabalikat sa Laang-Bisig Awardee “for exemplary contributions and invaluable assistance to technical vocational education and training in the country” given by the Technical Education Skills Development Agency (TESDA), 1997
  10. TOYM Awardee, Philippines’ Ten Outstanding Young Men, given by the Philippine Jaycees, 1992
  11. Youngest Senator at 35 years old, 1987
  12. No. 2 Senator in terms of accomplishment, as determined by the Senate Policy Review Committee, 1992
  13. No. 7 Senator in terms of accomplishment, as determined by the Senate Policy Review Committee, 1995
  14. Jaycees International Youth Activities Awardee for “Create a Sports Hero” Project, Jaycees World Congress, Helsinki, Finland, 1991
  15. Philippine Jaycees’ Presidential Award of Achievement, 1991
International :
Inter-Parliamentary Union, 1987 – 1994
Civic :
Rotary Club, Makati Central, 2004
Jaycees Philippines, Manila, 1986 – 1991
Knights of Columbus, 1984
Lions Club Manila, 1981
Political :
Pilipino Democratic Party – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-LABAN) Founding Member, Secretary-General for Luzon, Political Education Membership Committees, 1983 – 1987
Cory Aquino for President Movement, Secretary-General, 1985 – 1986
First National Conference of "street parliament" organizations, 1983
Alliance of Makati Associations, Organizer, First “street parliament” organization of Makati business, 1983
Legal :
MABINI (Nationalist Lawyers Group) Board of Trustees, Defense of political, civil, and human rights, 1981
Service Bureau for Small Fishermen, Volunteer Lawyer, 1980
Free legal assistance to poor small-scale fishermen
Social :
Pro-Life Philippines, Board Member, National Awardee, 1990
Private, legislative, and local government initiatives to enhance and promote life
Private, legislative, and local government initiatives to promote Billings and other natural family planning methods
Federation of Free Farmers (FFF), Youth Affiliate, 1971; helped organize youth in support of farmers’ basic eco-political rights and cooperative development
Samahan Sa Ika-uunlad ng Tsuper (SKIT), Youth Leader, 1971; helped organize jeepney drivers in defense of basic eco-political rights
Various Youth organizations to help urban poor defend right to decent housing in Tondo, Manila, 1970
Socio-Civic :
Member, Council of Elders, Knights of Rizal, 2006 – present
Chairman, Bayanihang Pilipino, 2006 – present
President, The Philippine National Prayer Breakfast Foundation, 2004 – 2007
President, Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) – July 2005 to September 2006
Supreme Commander, Knights of Rizal, 2005 – 2006
Member, Board of Trustees, Philippine Foundation for Science & Technology
Elementary :
Masapang Elementary School, Victoria, Laguna, 1964
  • Valedictorian
High School :
Pres. Sergio Osmeña High School, Tondo, Manila, 1968
  • Salutatorian
  • Won city-wide and nationwide journalism contests
  • Editor-in-Chief, High School Organ
  • PMT Corps Commander 1968
College :
Passed the Bar Examination, 1980
Bachelor of Laws, College of Law, University of the Philippines, 1979
  • Chair, College Editors Guild, 1977
  • Managing Editor, Phil. Collegian, 1977
  • Member, Order of the Purple Feather Honors Society, 1976
  • Philippine Team, Jessup International Moot Court Competition (Third Place), Washington D.C., 1978
AB Economics, Faculty of Arts and Letters, University of Santo Tomas, 1975
  • Founder, Artlets Economic Society (AES), 1974
  • Chairman, Student Assembly, Artlets Student Government, 1973
Civil Status :
Spouse's Name :
Loretta De Jesus Atienza
Birthday and :
Birth Place  
December 22, 1951, Barrio Masapang, Victoria, Laguna