Chairman Ong was previously a Congressman during the 18th Congress where he’s been known not only to push for legislation, but to also mirror his bills immediately with on-ground programs and projects related to his proposed laws. He also served as Vice-Chairman of both the House Committee on Rural Development and House Committee on Ways and Means.
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Chairman Ronnie remained on the frontlines together with his team. More than house-to-house relief operations, their team worked with various local governments such as Pasig, Manila, Marikina, Taytay, Cagayan Province, Cebu Province, Bohol Province, and the Batangas Province to bring in much-needed help. These projects include “#LibrengGulay” for community kitchens, helping not only frontliners and health workers, but also Benguet farmers as well during that time with so much surplus of crop. He also launched the #LibrengSakay program which provided home-to-hospital roundtrip service to hundreds of health workers and frontliners. Other projects included Tulong sa Senior Citizen Work Program providing employment to senior citizens at airports, government agencies, hospitals, and universities, as well as the establishment of e-learning hubs dubbed as “E-skwela Hubs,” around the country.
Believing in the power of bayanihan, Chairman Ronnie also launched house-to-house #COVID19 Bayanihan relief operations which provided daily hygiene supplies to senior citizens, private school teachers and essential personnel, stranded dormers and board exam reviewees, and PWDs.
During the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses and Typhoon Odette, he distributed portable community water filters to barangays in provinces including Cagayan Province and Bohol so that residents can have access to clean drinking water even before relief goods come in.
Chairman Ong was then recognized by PeopleAsia as the, “Frontliner Congressman,” in 2020 for his work, and is among the awardees of “PeopleAsia’s Men Who Matter,” in 2021.