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AMADO S. BAGATSING

Amado S. Bagatsing
Chair - CREBA Council of Leaders
CREBA National President - 1981, 1982, 1986
Multi-term Congressman

Amado S. Bagatsing is a businessman, civic leader, statesman, public servant, and philanthropist all rolled into one.

He is a part of the Achievers Realty Development Corporation, the Rotary Club University District of Manila, and the Founding President of KABAKA (Kabalikat ng Bayan sa Kaunlaran), a non-government organization.

During his multiple terms as Manila Congressman, he actively spearheaded numerous nationalistic legislative initiatives that were crucial for the development of the country. These include initiatives that target housing, energy, foreign debt, and the need to protect the economy from foreign encroachment and denomination.

He fiercely advocated for numerous landmark laws whose long-term benefits to the housing sector, particularly the homeless, resonate to this day. Some of his legislative measures which were later enacted into laws were:

  • RA 7644 – Rent Control Law
  • RA 6965 – Act Revising the Form of Taxation on Oil Products from Ad Valorem to Specific Tax
  • RA 7639 – Act Further Amending the Uses of Oil Price Stabilization Fund to Strengthen the Financial Viability of NAPOCOR
  • RA 8544 – Merchant Marine Profession Act
  • RA 7742 – Making Mandatory the Counterpart Contribution of all Employees to the Home Development Mutual Fund
  • RA 7835 – Comprehensive and Integrated Shelter and Finance Act
  • RA 6846 – Abot Kaya Pabahay Fund
  • RA 7279 – Urban Development and Housing Act

He was part of the CREBA Technical Working Group led by Atty. Manuel Serrano and Charlie Gorayeb that worked out the reduction of creditable withholding taxes for housing and the exemption of social housing therefrom.

Amado recalls that PAG-IBIG FUND was once confronted by a sudden reduction in membership base when it reverted to being a voluntary program in the late 80’s. After eight years as a voluntary fund, the vigorous efforts of Cong. Bagatsing, with the strong backing of CREBA, succeeded in the return of the mandatory nature of PAG-IBIG membership when President Fidel V. Ramos signed RA 7742 in June 1994. The law became effective on January 1, 1995.

Today, three decades since the universal HDMF law was enacted, the Fund, with a membership of at least 12 million, continues to be a strong partner in realizing Filipino workers’ dreams, a “crowning glory,” Amado says, for CREBA and its most ardent advocates in Congress.

In the early 2000’s, Amado advocated the “beneficiary-led housing” concept during his Vice-Chairmanship of the then-Housing & Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), piloting a pioneering project for over 2,000 families of soldiers and uniformed personnel at the seven-hectare Bonifacio Heights in Taguig City.

In 1993, 1994, 1996 and 2015, he was recognized as Outstanding Congressman of the Year. In 1988, he won the Gawad Karangalan and the honor and distinction as one of the Ten Outstanding Representatives of the Philippines.

Congressman Bagatsing’s years of public service – from his non-government organizations to being a Representative of Manila – have turned him into an experienced politician and a dedicated man of the people, who actively and passionately offers himself to address the needs of his constituents and the well-being of every Filipino.

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