Rep. Ronnie Ong is a Filipino politician currently serving as the second nominee of the Ang Probinsyano Partylist and is an elected representative at the House of Representatives of the Philippines as of the 18th Congress.
At the 18th Congress, he is currently Vice-Chairperson of the House Committees on Rural Development, Foreign Affairs, Tourism, and Games and Amusement, while also serving as Member to the House Committees on Appropriations, Ways and Means, Bicol Recovery and Economic Development, Economic Affairs, and Information and Communications Technology.
He is a proponent of the Foundling Welfare Act and has championed policies promoting employment, protection of children and senior citizens and animal welfare. Projects such as Tulong sa Senior Citizen Work Program, establishment of e-learning hubs dubbed as “E-skwela Hubs,” around the nation were his brainchild.
He is an advocate for legislations centering on labor and employment, fair trade, access to education, rights of foundlings, overseas workers, senior citizens, and persons with disability (PWDs), as well as animal welfare in the country.
Together with the Department of Labor and Employment, Rep. Ronnie Ong launched the Tulong sa Senior Citizens Work Program which allowed willing senior citizens to work at universities, hospitals, and government agencies as support staff doing administrative work for 3-6 hours per day and paying senior citizens with minimum wage pay monthly through the Department of Labor and Employment.
With occurring lapses and concerns of the educational sector with respect to internet connectivity, resources for modules and inaccessibility of the devices brought about by the pandemic in the Philippines, Rep. Ronnie Ong has established E-learning hubs, aka E-skwela hubs, around the nation for the “new normal of learning.”
These e-learning hubs are located at Baguio City, City of Manila, Pasig City, San Francisco of Cebu, Poro of Cebu, Tudela of Cebu, Camotes Islands, Pilar of Cebu, Danao City of Cebu , Tuburan City of Cebu and in Batangas.
By the end of 2020, a total of twenty-five (25) is expected to be established nationwide. These E-skwela hubs are open to all students and teachers and are in partnership with the #FrontrowCares corporate social responsibility arm of multi-level marketing firm Frontrow Philippines Inc., and the respective local government units of the locations of the hub.
Ong initially proposed bike-to-work incentives to Filipinos who bike to work everyday. During the COVID19 pandemic, he launched the #LibrengBisikleta project started with the purpose of providing alternative transportation to workers in Metro Manila that had difficulties because of the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in the metro.
The project has distributed to workers from Katipunan, Ave of Quezon City, from Pasig City, from Sampaloc, Manila and to more. One of the beneficiaries of the #LibrengBisikleta is “Mang Dodong,” a fish vendor dubbed by Filipino netizens as “one of the faces of injustices during lockdown.”
Benguet and Mt. Province farmers experienced a surplus in their production of vegetables during the period starting last March 16, 2020, while prices of vegetables jacked up in Metro Manila and nearby cities.
As a way of helping both, Rep. Ronnie Ong launched the #LibrengGulay initiative, buying tons of vegetable produce from Benguet and Mt. Province farmers weekly and distributing the vegetables to various local government units and their community kitchens in Metro Manila. Some of the beneficiaries are the City of Manila, City of Pasig, Marikina, Batangas and Rizal.
No public transportation was allowed to operate during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) protocols at Metro Manila, and so healthworkers and frontliners who were needed to report to work everyday were left with no choice but to rely on private transportation or company shuttles.
To augment this need, Rep. Ronnie Ong launched the #LibrengSakay program for healthworkers and frontliners of Philippine General Hospital, East Ave. Medical Center, Philippine Children’s Medical Center, and National Kidney Transplant Institute through hired UV Express Shuttle vans.
This program helped not only the healthworkers and frontliners of the major hospitals but also UV Express Shuttle drivers who were not allowed to resume operation of their services during the quarantine period.
As a way to help various public and private school teachers as well as students with no access to their own e-learning gadgets, Rep. Ronnie Ong also launched the #LibrengTablets program which distributed electronic tablets to chosen beneficiaries.
Under the new normal of education, online classes were the norm, and so, gadgets like laptops and tablets were in demand. The children at Bantay Bata Children's Village at Norzagaray, Bulacan were also among the beneficiaries in order to help them transition to online learning.
Since July 2019, Rep. Ronnie Ong has been in partnership with animal welfare organization, Pawssion Project Philippines in lobbying for animal welfare laws, stray rescue and adoption drives and spay and neuter programs.
At the International Homeless Animals Celebration 2019, Rep. Ronnie Ong adopted an aspin named, Coco, one of Pawssion Project’s rescue animals. During the Taal Volcano eruption in January 2019, Rep. Ronnie Ong and team joined Pawssion Project in rescuing dogs and cats who were left behind during the evacuation. Many dogs and cats were reported to have been abandoned by owners due to their haste in evacuating to safer places.
Two months later, during the outbreak of COVID-19, together with Pawssion Project, they also conducted stray feeding and rescue to make sure strays continue to be fed and strays in need of rescue or fostering will be given homes for the meantime.
House Bill No. 3472 (Foundling Welfare Act)
This bill promotes the rights of foundlings -- defined as deserted or abandoned children with unknown parents, where foundlings are declared and given status as natural-born citizens of the Philippines and shall automatically be accorded such rights and protection as those belonging to such class of citizens.
House Resolution No. 206 (Animal Welfare Act in Pounds and Shelters Nationwide)
This resolution seeks to review the implementation of animal welfare laws in the country in order to ensure humane and standardized treatment for all dogs, cats and other stray animals in animal pounds and shelters nationwide, as well as promoting the intensification of the spay/neuter programs and animal adoption programs.
House Bill No. 3887 (Regional One-Stop Shop Centers for OFWs (ROSSCO) Act)
This bill institutionalizes the Regional One-Stop Shop Program for OFWS nationwide, involving frontline government agencies availed the most by prospective, current and returning OFWs.
House Bill No. 5362 (Senior Citizens' Employment Act)
This bill promotes the employment of willing and able-bodied senior citizens in the workforce, and provides incentives to companies who continue to hire senior citizens.
House Bill No. 6895 (An Act Lengthening the School Calendar to 220 Days)
In response to the COVID19 pandemic, the school calendar was lengthened to 220 days instead of 200 days, as well as giving the Philippine president powers to adjust the opening of the classes in times of any national emergency.
This bill was ratified into law as R.A. 11480 on July 17, 2020.
House Bill No. 7202 (Trans Fat Law)
Seeks the regulation of food products containing trans-fatty acids (TFA), and promotes healthier but equally-affordable TFA alternatives to prevent risk with comorbidities like heart diseases which puts Filipino people in danger of contracting diseases like COVID19.
House Bill No. 81 (Artists’ Safety on Set (ASSET) Act)
Bill seeks to protect all kinds of artists, famous or not and regardless of contractual arrangement (employed or independent contractor) from injuries, hazards, and deaths.
House Bill No. 3983 (Synchronized Academic Calendar Act)
This bill mandates synchronization of academic calendar is needed in order to provide standard learning and exchange opportunities not just on a national level but on an international level.
House Bill No. 4092 (Pro-Poor and PWD Access to Government Act)
This bill prohibits discrimination on persons, especially the poor and the PWD, in terms of dress code, clothing or appearance, which hinders their entrance and access to government offices.
House Bill No. 4462 (Mandating MARINA or Maritime Industry Authority to promote Fair Shipping Charges)
This bill addresses the current gap in existing maritime law by mandating MARINA to prescribe charges pertinent to the operation of public water transport utilities, facilities, and services as well as promotes fair and transparent shipping charges among agents and forwarders of international shipping lines.
House Bill No. 6059 (Prevention of Abuse on OFWs)
This bill provides an active monitoring and urgent response mechanism to address incidents and emergencies endangering the life, limb, and liberty of our OFWs and to instill that consciousness among our frontline government agencies and stakeholders, under pain of administrative and criminal penalty.
House Bill 7868 (New Normal of Voting for Senior Citizens)
This bill mandates the COMELEC to develop a new normal of voting in order to avoid disenfranchising millions of senior citizens and PWDs and allow them to vote early as well as put up the necessary protocol to protect their life and health while they vote in the 2022 elections.