August 6, 2023 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 452 views

SPEAKER Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez will work harder to ensure the passage of the remaining seven pending bills listed by the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) endorsed by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos Jr. to make the lives of ordinary people.

“Tuloy lang po tayo sa ating trabaho sa pagpasa ng makabuluhan at kapaki-pakinabang na LEDAC bills ng ating Pangulo para sa bayan,” Speaker Romualdez, the head of the 312-member House of Representatives.

Last Wednesday night, two LEDAC bills under House Bill (HB) Nos. 8456 and 8443 were approved by the House of Representatives on third and final reading.

Approved by a vote of 215 against 3, HB No. 8456 or the Philippine Downstream Natural Gas Industry Development Act, seeks to establish the Philippine Downstream Natural Gas Industry (PDNGI) to promote the

role of natural gas as a “safe, environment-friendly, efficient, and cost-effective source of energy.”

“Makakatulong ito sa ating layunin na pangalagaan ang kapaligiran upang maibsan ang masamang epekto ng climate change at masigurong mayroong sapat na supply at mas abot-kayang presyo ng kuryente para sa ating mga mamamayan,” Romualdez pointed out.

On the other hand, the House unanimously approved on third and final reading via a vote of 215 HB No. 8443, which seeks to establish the Philippine Ecosystem and Natural Capital Accounting System (PENCAS).

As envisioned, PENCAS is a framework that takes into account the country’s natural capital and its impact on the economy.

With the swift passage of HB 8456 and HB 8443, Romualdez said the House still has ample time to pass the remaining seven LEDAC priority measures, namely: the National Employment Action Plan, Department of Water Services and Resources, amendments to the Electric Power Industry Act, Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act, Budget Modernization, National Defense Act, and Unified System of Separation, Retirement and Pension for Uniformed Personnel.

Ako Bicol Party-list Rep. Zaldy Co, chairman of the House committee on appropriations and head of the Party-list Coalition Foundation Inc. (PCFI), assured retired military and uniformed personnel (MUP) pensioners that the House of Representatives will find a “viable solution” to the fiscal problem before the end of the year (2023).

“I assure everyone that, before the end of 2023, we will find a viable solution to issues surrounding the MUP Pension that benefits everyone involved,” Co said.

Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, chairman of the House ways and means committee, said there is a need for Congress to pass the Department of Water Services and Resources to address the “decades-old problem of treating water resources as a peripheral and dispersed concern for the government.”

“It’s not just another new agency. The recurring water crisis calls for the creation of a department that will complete the circle when it comes to water management, and really enshrine the doctrine and policy that water is owned by the State, and its management is a State duty,” Salceda stressed.

“Our water supply problems now come in large part from our failure as a state to manage our water resources in a holistic and forward-looking manner. We’ve been in a water crisis for decades, and it took another President Marcos to call it what it is,” Salceda said.

At the same time, the House of Representatives also approved on second reading last week House Bill (HB) 8500 that will enact a “New Philippine Building Act” to regulate the planning, design, and construction of buildings and promote resilience against earthquake, fire, flood and other calamities. RPP

“The enactment of a New Philippine Building Act to replace the antiquated 46-year-old Presidential Decree 1096 is long overdue and will ensure that more precious lives and properties are saved and protected,” Bulacan Rep. Salvador Pleyto Sr., principal author, said.