The Congressman’s Corner

RAYMOND DEMOCRITO C. MENDOZA

Representative, TUCP Party List

 

Committee Chairman: Overseas Workers Affairs

Former member, Commission on Appointments

Former Chair, Food Security

Former Chair, East ASEAN Growth Area

Former Chair, Committee on Poverty Alleviation

Committee Vice Chairman : Labor and Employment

: Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law

Committee Member : East ASEAN Growth Area

Energy

Legislative Franchises

Trade and Industry

Constitutional Amendments

Ecology

Mindanao Affairs

Muslim Affairs

Poverty Alleviation

Veterans Affairs and Welfare

Aquaculture and Fisheries Resources

Inter-parliamentary Relations and Diplomacy

Member : 14th (April 28, 2009-June 30, 2010), 15th and 16th

Date of Birth : July 7, 1962

Place of Birth: Cebu City

Profession: Labor Leader; Lawyer; MBA

Civil Status: Married

Spouse: Gov. Emmylou “Lala” J. Taliño-Mendoza

Religion: Roman Catholic

TUCP Party List Rep. Raymond Democrito C. Mendoza is the workers’ champion in Congress. Since the 14th Congress, he has been at the forefront of advancing labor rights. He is committed to the protection and strengthening of workers’ right to security of tenure and to limiting the powers of the Department of Labor and Employment to call off strikes as well as increasing the wages and take-home pay of workers. Rep. Mendoza believes that if you partner the Filipino workers with fair labor protection, with affordable housing, with efficient public transport systems, with accessible healthcare, with excellent schools for their children, with care for their aged parents, these workers will produce products and undertake services that will be world-class.

Rep. Mendoza is at the forefront of the labor movement’s struggle against precarious work and is advocating against job-contractualization and fake workers’ cooperatives that are really manning agencies. He wants to give 100-day maternity leave credits to mothers caring for their newborn children and is a champion of breastfeeding as against using formula milk. He has also acted against the exorbitant power rates of the electricity sector. Rep. Mendoza is also an environmentalist by heart and has authored bills for environmental protection and sustainable development.

Rep. Mendoza is a staunch advocate for the effective delivery of services for the poor, urging the government to improve the system of identifying beneficiaries of different social protection programs. Among the major legislative measures he proposed include the strengthening of the security of tenure for workers, rationalizing less government intervention in cases of labor disputes, a magna carta for the informal sector, expanding maternity benefits, a magna carta for the poor, integrated coastal management, and amendments to the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA). He is also a principal author of the Kasambahay Law.

Rep. Mendoza also currently serves as the National Vice President for Mindanao Affairs of the Associated Labor Unions – Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP). He was a practicing lawyer advocating labor and environmental issues with the Associated Labor Unions-Visayas-Mindanao Confederation of Trade Unions (ALU-VIMCONTU). He obtained his Bachelor of Laws (1993) at the University of San Carlos in Cebu, and his Master in Business Administration (2002) at the Ateneo de Manila University. He finished his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy (1983) at the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Cebu. He was an exchange student in his elementary years in Canada.

He undertook diploma studies on Financial Analysis for Trade Unionists and on Comparative Analysis of National Health Systems of Occupational Safety and Health at the International Labor Organization (ILO) International Training Centre in Turin, Italy in 1995 and 2000, respectively.

He served as Assistant Secretary for Policy and Research of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) from 2001 to 2005. Thereafter, from 2006 to 2009, he was Director of the Philippine National Oil Corporation (PNOC). Having been a member of a labor organization and also due to his presence in government service, he has served as a delegate – either as labor or government representative – to the International Labor Conference in Geneva from 2000 to 2005 and 2010 to 2015. He is also a Maritime Voluntary Arbitrator (MVA) and a Major of the Reserve, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Rep. Mendoza is married to North Cotabato Governor Emmylou “Lala” J. Talino-Mendoza, who served as Representative of the 1st District of North Cotabato during the 12th, 13th and 14th Congresses. They have two children, Ma. Alana Samantha and Emilio Ramon.