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September 20, 2023 Jester P. Manalastas 230 views

THE House of Representatives has approved 18 out of 20 priority measures that the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) targeted this year.

Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez presented the report during the full council meeting convened Wednesday morning by President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. at Malacanang Palace.

Romualdez vowed to pass all the pending legislative measures of LEDAC before September ends.

This is three months ahead of the commitment date set by the Senate and the House of Representatives in the previous LEDAC meeting held last July 5.

“Today, I am pleased to announce that 18 out of these 20 have already been approved by the House of Representatives on Third and Final Reading. We are on track to approve the two remaining measures before the October recess,” the House leader said.

“In sum, the House of Representatives will meet its commitment to approve all 20 priority measures by the end of September, or three months ahead of target,” he added.

From the 20 measures LEDAC slated for approval by the end of the year, the House has already approved on third and final reading the following: 1. Amendment to the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT)/Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Act, 2. National Disease Prevention Management Authority or Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 3.Internet Transaction Act/ E-Commerce Law, 4. Health Emergency Auxiliary Reinforcement Team (HEART) Act, 5. Virology Institute of the Philippines, 6. Instituting a National Citizens Service Training (NCST) Program, 7. Valuation Reform Bill (Package 3), 8.E-Governance Act/ E-Government Act, 9.Ease of Paying Taxes, 10. Waste-to-Energy Bill, 11. New Philippine Passport Act, 12.Magna Carta of Seafarers, 13. Rightsizing the National Government, Anti-Financial Account Scamming Act (AFASA), and 14. Amendment to the Bank Secrecy Law.

Likewise, the enrolled bill on Trabaho Para sa Bayan (National Employment Recovery Strategy) has already already been transmitted to Malacanang for the President’s action, while another enrolled bill, the Automatic Income Classification Act for Local Government Units, is also ready for transmittal to Malacanang.

On the other hand, the proposed Philippine Salt Industry Development Act is undergoing deliberations in the bicameral conference committee, bringing to 18 the total of measures the House has approved from the 20 LEDAC bills it committed to pass this year.

As for the two remaining LEDAC measures, Romualdez said HB 8969, or the Military and Uniformed Personnel Pension System Act, was approved on second reading during the plenary session and slated for approval on third and final reading next week.

He added that the committee on agriculture and food approved early Wednesday the substitute bill consolidating all measures seeking amendments to the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act, paving the way for its scheduled approval in plenary by next week.

Romualdez also reported that the House started on Tuesday the plenary deliberations of the proposed P5.768 trillion national budget for 2024 or General Appropriations Bill (GAB), with the session lasting over twelve (12) hours.

“The House commits to exert all efforts to continuously deliberate on the GAB to meet its target passage on third and final reading by next week, Wednesday, September 27, 2023,” Romualdez said.

“These accomplishments are made possible, of course, through the hard work and commitment of the Members of the House, as well as the cooperation of the Executive,” he added.