Despite being a neophyte member of the House of Representatives, Mountain Province Congress representative Maximo Y. Dalog, Jr. has been elected to key house committees in the 18th Congress.
As of press time, Dalog, Jr. is a member of a total of Congress’ eight committees, one of which is the powerful Committee on Appropriations which handles the expenditures of the national government, including payment of public indebtedness, creation or abolition and classification of positions in government, and the determination of salaries, allowances and benefits of government personnel.
He was also elected to the Committee on Higher and Technical Education which takes care of teachers’ and students’ welfare especially those in tertiary education, technical education, distance education and centers of excellence. Dalog Jr.’s membership to the higher education committee is very relevant especially that the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC), the lone institution of higher learning in the province, has yet to comply with the requirements of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for its to attain university status.
Atty. Cyphrine Dalog, Chief of Staff of the lone congressional office is currently a member to the MPSPC-Board of Trustees, the governing panel of the institution.
Other committee memberships of the young lawmaker include: Committees on Basic Education and Culture, Indigenous Cultural Communities and Indigenous Peoples, Local Government, Public Works and Highways, Rural Development and Tourism.
His membership to the powerful committee on public works and highways is also very essential because of the construction, maintenance, improvement and repair of public infrastructures inclusive of buildings, highways, bridges, roads, parks, drainage and flood controls have yet to be completed and realized in Mountain Province.
By Erlindo Agwilang