Manila, Philippines – THE nation mourns the passing of Sorsogon 1st District Representative Salvador H. Escudero III on August 13, 2012, a long-time member of the House of Representatives, from the 8th Congress to the 15th Congress, whose Committee on Basic Education and Culture he was Chairman.
The House paid him a tribute, saying that “his brilliance and vast experience as a legislator and his commitment and dedication to duty – presiding over committee hearings and actively participating during plenary sessions even in a wheelchair – is a perfect role model for public officers that should be etched in the annals of Philippine public service.” The Senate in Resolution 834, also said of Congressman Escudero: “He was a dedicated and committed lawmaker, who religiously attended and participated in the plenary sessions and committee hearings of the House of Representatives. He continued to serve the interest of the people in spite of his frail condition during the past years.”
Renowned for championing reforms in the agriculture and education sectors, Congressman Escudero was responsible for the enactment of legislation of far-ranging significance, including the creation of the Commission on Higher Education (CHed) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the Philippine Animal Welfare Act, and his latest, Amendments to the Flag and Heraldic Code. He sponsored amendments to the Local Government Code, pushed for automatic upgrade to one rank higher of government officials and employees upon retirement, and advocated restoration of criminal liability of person under 18 years of age.
Born December 18, 1942, in Casiguran, Sorsogon, he started his political career as a Member of the Batasang Pambansa in 1984-86 during the martial law years and Sorsogon 1st District representative in 1987-1998. Prior to joining politics, he had long years of service in the academe and government as Director, University of the Philippines (UP) Hospital in 1970-1984; Dean and Professor, UP-Los Baños College of Veterinary Medicine in 1970-1984; Director, Bureau of Animal Industry in 1975-1984; Assistant Minister, then Minister of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in the Marcos Administration in 1980-86; and Secretary, Department of Agriculture in the Ramos Administration in 1992-98.
The Manila Bulletin, led by its Chairman Dr. Emilio T. Yap, President and Publisher Atty. Hermogenes P. Pobre, Executive Vice President Dr. Emilio C. Yap III, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Cris J. Icban Jr., Business Editor Loreto D. Cabañes, and Officers, pray for the repose of the soul of Sorsogon Representative Salvador H. Escudero III. May he rest in peace.