Committee on Foreign Affairs

  • House Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairperson Linabelle Ruth Villarica with With H.E. Esra Cankorur, Ambassador of Turkey to the Philippines 26 September 2016
  • Mr. Guillermo Eduardo Devoto, Minister Counselor and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Argentina in the Philippines in the courtesy call to Chairperson of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Linabelle Ruth Villarica with H.E. Roberto Bosch, Embassador of Argentina to the Philiipines on 26 September 2016
  • House Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairperson Linabelle Ruth Villarica at the Consul General in London on 19 August 2016
  • Deputy Political Counsellor Geoffrey Siebengartner of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines pays a courtesy call to House Commitee on Foreign Affairs Chairperson Linabelle Ruth Villarica on 07 September 20116. With them are Ms. Marjorie Gaddi, US Embassy Political Section and Committee Secretary Imelda Apostol
  • Staff of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Rep. Linabelle Ruth Villarica join the Chairperson in welcoming Deputy Political Counsellor Geoffrey Siebengartner of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines during his courtesy call at the House of Representatives on 07 September 2016
17th Congress Priority Legislative Agenda
  1. Establishing the PH Archipelagic Sea Lanes and Defining the PH Maritime Zones, two supplementary measures to Republic Act No. 9522, also known as the PH Archipelagic Baselines Law, to give the PH government full mandate to exercise sovereignty within the country’s territorial sea and determine sea lane passages which foreign maritime vessels may pass through.  Passage of these measures, both approved transmitted to the Senate during the 16th Congress,  will enable the country to actualize the full potentials of RA 9522.

  2. Amending the Philippine Passport Act of 1996 aims to: (a) simplify the passport documentation requirements and processes of the Office of Consular Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); (b) resolve the continuing cases of offenses relating to the issuance, possession, use, suspension and revocation of passports; (c) give an option to passport applicants to extend the validity of their passports from 5 to 10 years; and (d) provide a mechanism that will enable local government units (LGUs) to participate in passport processing.  These amendments, approved on third reading and transmitted to the Senate during the 16th Congress, are directed towards making passport services cheaper and more accessible for passport applicants. 

  3. Opening of Additional Passport Issuance Offices & Consular Offices in key areas locally, and globally through adoption of a number of resolutions strongly urging the DFA so that Filipino nationals here and abroad may have increased access to their corresponding services.

  4. Amending the Foreign Service Act of 1991 to strengthen the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) by improving its current systems and instituting new mechanisms that will make the career service more responsive to evolving domestic and international concerns; such as the increasing number of Filipinos going overseas. Discussion of the measure did not progress in the 15th and 16th Congress from apparent disinterest by the DFA.