Rozzano Rufino B. Biazon

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Rozzano Rufino “Ruffy” B. Biazon (born 20 March 1969 in Cavite City) is a Filipino politician and the former Commissioner of the Bureau of Customs (BOC). He served as a representative of the lone district of Muntinlupa City in the House of Representatives of the Philippines. He is the son of Senator Rodolfo Biazon.


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Background

Biazon is youngest of the three children of Rodolfo Biazon and Monserrat Narag Buoan. He finished his elementary and secondary education at Malate Catholic School. For his tertiary education, he took zoology at the University of the Philippines. He transferred to the University of Santo Tomas to take medical technology as a pre-medical course. He graduated in 1991 and entered public service right out of college. He married Catherine Mary Reyes, with whom he had four sons.


Career

In 1991, Biazon became the director of the Videogram Regulatory Board, now known as the Optical Media Board. He handled his father's senatorial campaign in 1992 and became the elected senator's chief of staff until 1995. Following this stint, he was appointed as chief legislative officer of Senator Sergio Osmeña III until 1997. In 1998, he was a campaign manager for his dad and again chief of staff to his father during the 12th Congress.

As a legislator, he has authored more than 70 bills and resolutions. His third term in the office saw the enactment of 23 of his authored and co-authored proposals, including the Tobacco Regulation Act (Republic Act No. 9211); the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act (RA 9262); the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act (RA 9208); the Cheaper Medicines Act (RA 9502); the Tax Relief for Minimum Wage Earners Act (RA 9504); the Socialized and Low-Cost Housing Loan Restructuring and Condonation Program (RA 9507); and the new Cooperative Code of the Philippines (RA 9520). [1]

2010 senatorial bid

Biazon is on his last term as a congressman and is targeting a senatorial seat under the Liberal Party for the 2010 national elections.

Campaign manifesto

Biazon aims to introduce a faith-based and family-oriented reform to the country, and believes that God-centered acts “guarantee accountability and integrity in his public service.” He also considers the “Filipino family as the society's basic builder and it must be protected and empowered” as it is instrumental to the realization of his vision of “a society imbued with a sense of nationalism and cultural pride for Filipino people.” In order to attain these as a public servant, Biazon imposes upon himself the credo “Do the right things and do things right.”

The following are his plans for the country should he win (as stated in his official website):

  • Livelihood

With the belief that people provided with adequate opportunities become dignified and productive members of the society, Biazon aims to “bring more employment opportunities to Filipinos and make them effective contributors to stable nation-building.”

  • Education

Biazon shares the conviction that “significant investment in the education of children ensures a bright future for the country” and “access to quality education is a way of ensuring that they will become competent and upright citizens.”

  • Health

A nation needs healthy students and members of the workforce in order to progress. To realize this, Biazon “intends to provide quality and affordable healthcare that would guarantee that Filipinos are physically equipped to fulfill their respective roles.”

  • Peace

Biazon aims to “take the initiative in eradicating abuse of power in the government and other sources of disorder in the country.” “To improve social order, he aims to continue implementing laws that would detect and prevent crime, and track down anomalies, especially in the bureaucracy.”

  • Environment

Biazon advocates environmental awareness as a way of protecting the country's resources. Through this, “Filipinos will be able to find ways to maximize these resources” and protect the communities from adverse effects of natural disasters.

  • Progress

Biazon envisions a prosperous Philippines, which he aims to realize “through building infrastructures and leading projects that would tap the potentials of Filipinos to become efficient members of the society.”


Bureau of Customs

On 14 September 2011, Biazon was appointed by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III as Commissioner of BOC after the formal resignation of then Commissioner Angelito Alvarez. He assumed his position as Commissioner on 16 September 2011 and resigned on 2 December 2013.


Civic affiliations

  • Alabang Jaycees, member (2000-2002)
  • Rotary Club Alabang North, member (2003-present)
  • International Plastic Scale Modelers, member (2005-present)
  • Ayala Alabang Camera Club, member (2007-present)

Recognitions

  • Cited as an Outstanding Congressman of the Philippines by The Philippines Free Press
  • Cited as one of the Top 100 Young Leaders by The Philippine Graphic
  • Conferred as an Honorary Woman by the SM Women's Committee and the Cervical Cancer Prevention Network

References

  1. ^ Rozzano Rufino Biazon Biography" (accessed 10 March 2010)

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