Liberalism Orientation for Congressional
General Chit Asis outlines the role of staffers in the LP
Understanding the importance of legislative staffers in the advancement
of the Liberal Party (LP)’s goals, the National Institute
for Policy Studies (NIPS) and the Liberal Caucus of Congressional
Staff (LCCS) with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation
(FNF) held a Basic Orientation on Liberal Democracy seminar for
staff members on September 1, 2005 at Quezon City.
It was a back to basics workshop with the aim to familiarize
the staff members of the liberal parliamentarians with the ideology
of their principals. “Staff work is the key to the success
of political work,” LP Director General Concepcion “Chit”
Asis said. “Staffers should be masters in handling constituent
requests and various political works,” she added.
To assist in their challenges ahead, LCCS Chairperson Jonathan
Malaya introduced staff members to the role of the caucus. Malaya
spoke of the organization as the answer to the need to
professionalize their ranks, to foster closer cooperation and
to help promote liberal legislation. Saying “we
value your opinion and voice,” LP Senior Political Consultant
Jose Luis Martin “Chito” Gascon invited the staffers
to join the caucus. “LCCS defines the legislative
agenda. [It] can play a strategic role in the
LP’s goal to move forward from being solid to being united
so there is a need to reorganize and expand,” he added.
“Through activities like this we hope you will internalize
and become passionate about the values of liberalism,” said
Minnie Salao, FNF senior administrative officer, in the Foundation’s
message of support.