Keeping up with the Yaps: Egay, Edvic, and Eric

Siblings Reps. Edvic Yap (ACT-CIS Party-list), Eric Yap (Benguet); and Quezon City 4th district Councilor Egay Yap are firming up their roles in the country’s political scene, winning all their respective races during the May 2022 elections.

From left to right: Egay, Edvic, and Eric Yap

Even as relative newcomers in Philippine politics, they have made a mark in their respective short stints as public officials.

Armed with their administrative knowledge and experience in various sectors, the trio is ready to advance their legislative agenda and serve the people in a post-pandemic Philippines.

Here's a closer look at the Yaps:

Edvic Yap

After graduating with a degree in Commerce in 1997, Edvic took on a big role as he joined the development of industrial parks in some parts of the country.

He remained a private citizen until the Covid-19 pandemic struck; he spearheaded the operations of ACT-CIS Party-list in distributing relief goods to families who lost their source of income with the implementation of community quarantines or lockdowns.

A nominee of ACT-CIS Party-list in the 19th Congress, Edvic won a House seat after the group garnered the highest number of votes in the party-list race.

“He committed to further intensify and widen the reach of the public service provided by the party-list,” ACT-CIS said of Edvic.

Eric Yap

Eric showed his sense of responsibility early on when, as a young man, he bravely entered various business ventures to augment their family income.

Eventually, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) and thrived in the real estate business.

In 2019, he was elected as ACT-CIS Party-list representative in the House of Representatives.

He was first appointed as chairperson of the Committee on Games and Amusements in August 2019 and thereafter, as chairperson of the Committee on Appropriations in March 2020.

“It was a momentous feat for party-list representatives as it was the first time for a party-list neophyte to hold a committee chairmanship position,” his office said.

Eric was appointed as legislative caretaker of Benguet in January 2020. This gave him the opportunity to bring the programs and services of the government closer to the families and communities in the province.

He won a mandate as Benguet congressman in the May polls.

Egay Yap

Egay has a Business Administration degree and ventured into the steel manufacturing business.

During the early 2000s, he took interest raising racing pigeons as a sport and became a member of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Homing Pigeon Association, Inc. (PHA).

He is also a member of the Philippine Canine Club, Inc. which promotes and encourages love for pure-bred dogs.

During the pandemic, Egay provided aid to affected families in Quezon City.

He was elected as the top councilor in the 4th district of Quezon City in May.

His goal is to “serve at the best of his abilities” and “provide immediate assistance to those in need and to develop long-term solutions to institutional issues encountered by his constituents".