Philippines, Japan share best practices in legislation in Tokyo meeting

2024 June 18

BEST PRACTICES. Senior officials of the House of Representatives of both the Philippines and Japan pose for a photo after their meeting at the Second Annex Building (Daini Bekkan) of the House of Representatives in Tokyo, Japan on Monday (June 17, 2024). The legislative leaders engaged in a productive exchange of best practices in legislation and shared innovations they both employed in the legislature. (Photo from House Media Affairs)

MANILA – Senior officials of the House of Representatives of both the Philippines and Japan engaged in a productive exchange of best practices in legislation on Monday, sharing innovations they both employed in the legislature.

The legislative leaders focused their dialogue mainly on several key areas, including the digital transformation of lawmaking processes, effective public consultation mechanisms, and strategies for enhancing legislative oversight.

Secretary General Reginald “Reggie” Velasco led the Philippine delegation in a meeting with Japan’s House of Representatives International Affairs Department Director General Yamamoto Hironori.

In a news release on Tuesday, Velasco said the meeting at the Second Annex Building (Daini Bekkan) of the House of Representatives in Tokyo underscored the commitment of both nations to strengthen parliamentary cooperation and improve legislative practices.

“Our exchange with Director General Yamamoto provides us with invaluable insights that can help refine our legislative practices and better serve our constituents,” he said.

He highlighted the importance of collaboration in fostering mutual understanding and enhancing legislative processes to benefit ordinary Filipinos.

“We are committed to adopting innovative approaches that promote transparency, accountability, and efficiency in our legislative work,” he said.

Yamamoto expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration, emphasizing Japan’s dedication to sharing its legislative expertise with the Philippines, anchored in a deep friendship and a long history of cooperation between the two countries.

He said the partnership between Japan and the Philippines is built on mutual respect and a shared goal of legislative excellence, expressing Japan’s delight in sharing their experiences.

Both parties agreed on the importance of continuous collaboration to address common challenges and harness opportunities for legislative innovation.

Velasco said the Philippine House of Representatives has initiated many innovations, such as the digitization of several operations in its legislative processes and the improvement of cybersecurity through Office of House Secretary General Director II Arnold de Castro.

“This exchange is part of a broader initiative to strengthen bilateral relations between the Philippines and Japan, fostering deeper cooperation across various sectors. As both countries continue to navigate complex global challenges, such partnerships are crucial in promoting good governance and sustainable development,” he said.

“The Philippine House of Representatives remains dedicated to pursuing initiatives that enhance its legislative capabilities and foster international cooperation. Through engagements like this, the House aims to build a responsive legislative institution that meets the evolving needs of the Filipino people,” he said.

Those who accompanied Velasco and de Castro during the meeting included former Zamboanga Sibugay 1st District Rep. Wilter Wee Palma II, House Sergeant-at-Arms Napoleon Taas, Deputy Secretary General for Committee Affairs Department Jennifer Baquiran, Deputy Secretary General for Legislative Operations Department David Robert Amorin, Head Executive Assistant Director V Muel Romero, House Committee on Rules Technical Staff Chief Joven Marcelang, Office of the Speaker Communications Director II Ruben Manahan III, and Office of the Speaker Special Assistant for Media Affairs Ryan Ponce Pacpaco. 

Zaldy De Layola (PNA)