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He believes in free market and widespread deregulation. He believes government should provide the climate for businesses to flourish, instead of planning economic development at every step.

He stands against strong authoritarian leadership and believes that government should no longer control the lives of people. He prefers consensus to commands. He believes that the primary duty of the Government is to give people access to opportunities, as well as service and products.



  • Governor, Province of Pangasinan, June 1995 to present

  • Executive Secretary, Office of the President, December 1990 to July 1991

  • Secretary, Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), January 4 to December 21, 1990
  • Congressman, First District of Pangasinan, 1987-1989



As Governor of Pangasinan:

  • The establishment of a Provincial Action Center to provide public direct access to all provincial and national government offices to respond to their needs.

  • A very affordable housing program for the whole province

  • A General Land Use program for the province

  • Elimination of jueteng operations and dynamite fishing

  • Holding of multi-sectoral conferences on specific problems and issues

  • Development of eco-tourism projects for the province

  • Implementation of the KALAKALAN Program for countryside development

As Executive Secretary:

  • Laid out contingency plans for the Middle East crisis, e.g. installation of telephone lines in Malacanang that enabled families of contract workers to call overseas free of charge.

  • Initiated a study that would implement a mass transit and transportation infrastructure development for Metro Manila

As DOTC Secretary:

  • Increased the number of buses and taxicabs by authorizing their immediate importation in order to stabilize the supply of transport units

  • Cleared Manila's traffic mess, which had attained crisis proportions when he assumed office.

  • Sought alternative forms of transportation: water, ferry and rail.

  • He fought and won telephone monopoly

  • He sought the immediate implementation of the Municipal Telephone Act (Republic Act No. 6849) which asked private telecommunication companies to embark on countryside telephone development network and open public calling stations in various provinces and municipalities.


He authored about 300 bills, fore most of which are "Kalakalan ng 20," which exempts small businesses from taxes and labor regulations for a certain period to give them a head start, and the Import Liberalization Act.


  • He received the 1989 Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award for Public Service and legislation.

  • Cited as One of the Ten Outstanding Solons by the Philippine Star

  • Cited as the "Top Congressman" by the Manila Chronicle

  • Cited as "One of the Most Innovative Men in Congress" by the Philippine Star Weekend

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