Senator Vic Ziga, Uragon

One of the Bicolano Senators voted at-large is Victor Ziga who served the Philippine Senate from July 1, 1987 to June 30, 1992. He authored and co-authored at least 295 bills and resolutions with local and national significance some of which were passed into law.

Included in the legislations that he passed are: the law establishes the establishment of the National Rehabilitation Center for drug addicts; Republic Act (RA) 6728, or GATSPE, which provides government assistance to students and teachers in private educational institutions; RA 6948, which standardizes and upgrades the benefits of military veterans and their dependents; RA 6957, or the “Build-Operate-Transfer Law”; RA 7160, or the Local Government Code of 1991; RA 7395, or the “Magna Carta of Public Health Workers”; and RA 7432, which grants benefits and special privileges to senior citizens. He was also known as a member of the “Magnificent 12” that voted against extending the Philippine-US bases treaty, thus ending over 80 years of permanent US basing in the country.

Senator Vic Ziga (in stripes) enjoying a cup of coffee in one of the malls in Legazpi City prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo courtesy of former Vice Governor Lito Tuanqui)

Prior to being a Senator, Vic Ziga also served as an Assemblyman for Albay in the Batasang Pambansa from June 30, 1984 to March 25, 1986 and served as Minister of General Services.

Vic Ziga was born on September 30, 1945 in Manila to parents Venancio Prieto Ziga, a former governor and congressman of Albay, and Tecla San Andres Ziga, a former Senator and the first first woman who topped Philippine Bar Examination. He was a graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University, the University of Sto. Tomas and the University of California in Los Angeles and was admitted to the bar in 1975.

Vic Ziga passed away last January 31, 2021 at the age of 75.


2 thoughts on “Senator Vic Ziga, Uragon

  1. Interesting Information.. At least I gain something on my “SEARCH for BICOL POLITICS.” at least in CamSur. I hope somebody could help me on this topic,there limited data in the internet.

    1. Thanks, Reman. Bicol politics is a broad topic and writings about it are usually fragmented. If you have questions, feel free to share it so that our readers can also comment or contribute ideas. 🙂

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