Jose Carlos V. Lacson
Jose Carlos V. Lacson (born 12 January 1942) is a member of the 14th Congress of the Philippines representing the third district of Negros Occidental. His parents are Salvador Lacson, Sr. and Adela Ventosa. Lacson is married to Cecilia Oca Lacson and is a member of the ruling political party, Lakas-Kampi-CMD. He is one of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s staunch supporters proven by his signing of and participation in the controversial House Resolution 1109 which calls for a constituent assembly to amend the Constitution of the Philippines.
He completed his elementary and secondary education at San Beda College in Manila. He got his bachelor’s degree in commercial science majoring in banking and finance at San Beda as well. He was also awarded a government scholarship that enabled him to take up the Local Government and Development Program at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. Due to his exceptional academic work, he was able to secure training grants for further local and foreign education in the fields of government, food, internal revenue collection, and population.
Lacson boasts of a long and successful career in government service. From 1970-1980, he held office as mayor of Talisay, Negros Occidental and received the Outstanding Municipal Mayor of the Philippines Award. From 1987-1998, he represented the 3rd district of Negros Occidental in Congress. In 1998, he finished his last term but returned three years later and was elected to the position once again. During his stint as a congressman, he assumed many committee positions such as:
- Chairman – Committee on Social Services – 1987-1992
- Chairman – Committee on Banks and Financial Intermediaries – 1992-1996
- Chairman – Committee on Education – 1996-1998
During his political career, most especially in Congress, Lacson has helped pass various legislations. Some notable accomplishments are the provisions for free high school education, the abolition of NCEE, amendments to the Magna Carta of the Disabled, the organizing of day care centers at the barangay level and the amendment for financial assistance to government employees through social security and insurance benefits.
- Curriculum Vitae - Hon. Jose Carlos V. Lacson. congress.gov.ph (accessed 4 May 2010)
- Jose Carlos Lacson. pinoyvote.net. (accessed 4 May 2010)