By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
First-time senators and their staff on Tuesday morning attended an orientation at the Senate.
Senators-elect Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, Christopher “Bong” Go, Imee Marcos, and Francis Tolentino led their staff in the briefing to prepare them for their work in the 18th Congress.
In the closed-door orientation, the neophyte senators were briefed on legislative processes, as well as other matters in the Senate, including administration and finance, gender and development, and security protocols.
They were also made aware of the various offices which are in the Upper Chamber.
It has been a tradition that new senators undergo briefing before formally assuming their posts.
The orientation on Tuesday was led by Senate Secretary Myra Marie Villarica.
Aside from the briefing, incumbent senators have also expressed willingness to help and share their knowledge with their rookie colleagues.
“We will be meeting with the new members and give them some tips or lectures,” Senator Panfilo Lacson had said last month.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III earlier said the Senate’s offices will also give technical assistance or counselling to the members of the Senate in the crafting of bills and resolutions, and other parliamentary procedures and practices.