Albert S. Garcia is the incumbent Governor of the province of Bataan.
The eldest son of former Governor, now 2nd District Congressman Enrique “Tet” Garcia, Gov. “Abet” has been exposed at a very early age to the rigours of political life.
In 1998, at the age of 28, “Abet” decided to try his own hand in politics by joining the Balanga, Bataan mayoralty race. Winning the said elections, he became the youngest mayor ever to be elected in the history of Balanga. Within two years as municipal mayor he was able to work out the conversion of the once sleepy town into a component city of Bataan making him the First City Mayor of Balanga City. He sought re-election in the May 2001 elections which he won easily without any opposition.
In 2004, he succeeded his father as representative of the 2nd district for three (3) consecutives terms. Due to his dynamism and political savvy, he garnered a coveted post in the House of Representatives. As a young Deputy Majority Leader during the 13th Congress, he filed the following measures/bills:
• House Bill 2202 providing for the establishment of a multi-purpose sports center in Balanga to be known as the Balanga City Sports Center
• House Bill 3050 establishing an additional branch of the Regional Trial Court in Bataan
• House Bill No. 5336, substituting House Bill 1740, proposing to convert the Bataan Polytechnic State College (BPSC) into a state university, was passed into law thereby converting the BPSC into the Bataan Peninsula State University by virtue of Republic Act No. 9403. Due to his impressive stint as a neophyte congressman, he handily won a 2nd term. At the onset of 14th Congress, Cong. Abet filed new bills and re-filed some bills he initiated during his stint in the 13th Congress, to wit:
• House Bill No. 1425 – An Act Converting the Bataan Economic Zone Located in the Municipality of Mariveles, Province of Bataan Into the Bataan Special Economic Zone and Freeport, Creating for this Purpose the Bataan Special Economic Zone and Freeport Authority, Appropriating Funds Therefor and for Other Purposes. On October 9, 2009, this bill became a law thereby converting the Bataan Economic Zone into the Freeport Area of Bataan under Republic Act Number 9728. A dream come true for so many poor Bataeños who were able to secure jobs and improved of their lives due to the Freeport Area of Bataan.
• House Bill No. 1970 – An Act Converting the Bagac-Mariveles Road in the Province of Bataan Into a National Road. It was passed into law – RA No. 9715, on October 09, 2009.
• House Bill 4127 – An Act Establishing Livelihood and Skills Training Centers in Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Class Municipalities, and For Other Purposes. He filed this bill together with Congresswoman Carissa Coscolluela as co-author. Said bill was approved on October 21, 2008, as RA 9509.
• House Bill No. 00076 – An Act Providing For The Modernization Of The Government Arsenal in Limay, Bataan.
• House Bill No. 06868 – An Act Expanding The Utilization Of The Industrial Estate In Lamao, Limay, Bataan For Businesses Engaged In Energy And Energy-Related Infrastructure Projects And Other Gainful Economic Activities In Addition To Petrochemical And Related Industries, Amending For The Purpose Presidential Decree No. 949 For the 15th Congress (2010-2013), he was chosen by his peers to Chair the coveted Committee on Trade and Industry (CTI) of the House of Representatives. Hunkering down to work, he infused his youthful energy and vigor to the Committee. Barely twelve (12) months as Chair, the Committee has conducted a slew of public hearings covering timely issues as Competition/Anti-trust, Consumer Welfare, Intellectual Property and others. Consequently, the CTI has submitted no less than eight (8) Committee Reports (one the highest submitted by any Committee). In the past year, the CTI has successfully deliberated and accomplished its business to the tune of an astounding 157 House Bills, 26 House Resolutions and 1 Privilege Speech! Without a doubt, The Committee on Trade and Industry is one of, if not THE busiest Committees in the House of Representatives.