Urgent legislation

July 6, 2023 People's Tonight 217 views

A FEW days after completing its first 12 months in office, the Marcos government wants the two-chamber Congress to pass 20 more proposed legislative measures.

Of the 20 priority bills, 18 were part of the 42 measures discussed during the first LEDAC (Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council) meeting in October last year.

The 20 proposed measures were endorsed during last Wednesday’s second LEDAC meeting held at Malacanang, according to Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman.

Pangandaman said the 20 bills approved by LEDAC would be certified as urgent by the President, who is set to deliver his second state of the nation address (SONA) on July 24.

This is to hasten the approval of the proposed laws in the Senate and the House of Representatives, headed by Senate President Migz Zubiri and Speaker Martin Romualdez, respectively.

The bills are the following: 1) Amendments of the BOT law/public/private partnership 2) National disease prevention management authority 3) Internet transactions act/e-commerce law 4) Medical reserve corps.

5 Virology institute of the Philippines 6) Mandatory ROTC and NSTP 7) Revitalizing the salt industry 8) Valuation reform 9) E-Government/E-Governance 10) Ease of paying taxes 11) National government rightsizing program.

12) Unified system of separation, retirement and pension of MUPs 13) LGU income classification 14) Waste-to-energy 15) New Philippine passport act 16) Magna carta of Filipino seafarers 17) National employment action plan 18) Amendments to the anti-agricultural smuggling act 19) Bank deposits secrecy and 20) Anti-financial account scamming.

Of course, we, like other well-meaning Filipinos, cannot overemphasize the importance of these proposed pieces of legislation if we are to move forward.

In fact, reports said that President Marcos wants Congress to pass the 20 bills by December this year.

Kayang-kaya ‘yan.