Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC)
Senator Edgardo Angara was elected Chair of the GOPAC Board of Directors in 2013. He was Vice-Chair of the GOPAC Board of Directors from 2011-2013. Educator, lawyer, banker, farmer, arts patron – Sen. Angara is the longest serving senator in the post-EDSA Senate. He authored landmark laws on agriculture, education, health, arts and culture, science and technology, good governance, financial reforms and social welfare, including the Free High School Act, National Health Insurance Act, Senior Citizens Act, Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA) and Renewable Energy Act.
As President of the University of the Philippines from 1981-1987, Sen. Angara upheld the university’s reputation for academic excellence. During the 8th Congress, he headed the Congressional Commission on Education which led to the creation of the Commission on Higher Education and Technical Education and Skill Development Authority.
Sen. Angara established the National Museum, National Commission on Culture and the Arts, Natatanging Manlilikha Award and National Cultural Heritage Law.
His initiatives on good governance include the Procurement Reform Act and his involvement in the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption as Vice-President and in the Southeast Asia Parliamentarians Against Corruption as charter President. His knowledge of financial markets led to the passage of the Credit Information System Act, Personal Equity And Retirement Account, Real Estate Investment Trust Act, Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation charter and Pag-Ibig Fund Charter.
Sen. Angara was awarded the Premio Casa Asia in 2010 for his efforts to rekindle the Philippines’ historic ties with Spain and Mexico through the Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day Act and the annual International Día del Galeón Festival.