The Senate has adopted a resolution honoring former House Speaker Arnulfo “Noli” Fuentebella who passed away today, Wednesday, September 9 at the age of 74.
Sen. Richard Gordon, sponsor of Senate Resolution No. 521, said the measure recognized Fuentebella’s remarkable achievements as a lawmaker, including his sponsorship of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA).
Gordon said EPIRA was “hailed as a pro-market reform that is strategic to the goal of providing reliable and competitively-priced electricity in the country.”
The resolution also honored Fuentebella as congressman of the province of Camarines Sur for 21 years, and as Speaker of the House during the 11th Congress and Deputy Speaker for Luzon during the 14th and 15th Congress.
“Speaker Noli Fuentebella turned the 4th District of Camarines Sur, also known as the Partido District, into a national model of district development planning in the region, through Republic Act No. 7820 establishing the Partido Development Administration,” Gordon said in his privilege speech.
“He was instrumental in realizing the creation of the second largest National Road Network in the Bicol Region that spanned over 270 kilometers, as well as the electrification of all 299 barangays of Camarines Sur,” he further said.
Fuentebella passed away due to heart failure after battling chronic renal disease for two years.
His demise was announced by his son, Camarines Sur 4th District Representative Arnulf Bryan Fuentebella, in his Facebook page this morning.
The resolution also recognizes the ex-lawmaker active role in the creation of schools that brought education to the barangays, and established the Partido State University and the Philippine Science High School-Bicol region campus.
“He was a good father and his example of leadership and public service will continue in his family—the Fuentebella clan of public servants to Camarines Sur and to the country,” the Senate resolution also stated.