“Isyu ngayon ang graft and corruption sa gobyerno. Pero sino ang ating sisingilin? Paano natin sila sisingilin (Graft and corruption in the government is a hot-button issue today. But whom do we hold accountable? How do we hold them accountable)?” said Atty. Marilyn Barua Yap, former secretary general in the House of Representatives, in her message at the launch of her book Accountability in Congress at UP Balay Kalinaw on September 22, 2016. The UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UPCIDS) and the UP Law Center sponsored the event.
In attendance were family, friends, and colleagues of Atty. Yap, including Speaker Prospero C. Nograles, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr., Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian, and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos.
Deputy Secretary General Atty. Arlene C. Dada-Arnaldo delivered the program’s invocation while UP College of Law Dean Atty. Danilo L. Concepcion and UP Vice President for Public Affairs and UPCIDS Executive Director Edna E.A. Co delivered introductory messages. Dr. J. Prosero E. De Vera of the Commission on Higher Education gave the closing remarks. Atty. Dot Gancayco served as the program’s master of ceremonies.
Accountability in Congress, based on Atty. Yap’s dissertation at the UP National College of Public Administration and Governance, introduces a framework for accountability in the legislature as well as systems and mechanisms for the framework’s implementation and enforcement. It also presents a Legislative Performance Report Card which features the following as performance indicators: local bills authored, national bills authored, resolutions authored, attendance, plenary participation, nominal/roll care vote on bills, and nominal/roll call vote on joint resolutions.
The book is considered a pioneering work in the literature of legislative accountability.
Copies of the book will be made available at the UPCIDS. For purchase inquiries, please contact Joseph Cruzado at [email protected]