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Zubiri vows 6 priority bills for Congress okay

Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri said Congress would pass six laws before the end of the year.

During the first Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) meeting in Malacanang, Zubiri said they had agreed to pass the following measures by the end of 2022:

1. Medical Reserve Corps;

2. National Disease Prevention Management Authority/Center for Disease Prevention and Control;

3. Virology Science and Technology Institute of the Philippines;

4. Mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and National Service Training Program;

5. Amendments to the Build-Operate-Transfer Law; and

6. Condonation of Unpaid Amortization and Interest on Loans of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries.

Zubiri said they presented a total of 26 priority bills, 23 of which are measures mentioned by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. during his first State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Describing the meeting as a success, Zubiri said this will allow the legislative and executive departments to synchronize their priority measures.

Majority Leader Senator Joel Villanueva also considered the meeting productive, saying the coordination between the legislative and executive departments is strong.

He also got support for the National Employment Recovery Strategy when he filed Senate Bill No. 129 or Trabaho Para Sa Lahat ng Pilipino Act.

The bill expands the NERS into a long-term National Employment Action Plan to create decent jobs for all Filipinos, improve the employability and competencies of the workforce, and provide support to businesses to ensure the security of employment.

“This is our priority bill, so I’m excited and looking forward to working with the administration to pass this into law,” he said.

On Monday, Speaker Martin G. Romualdez assured President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. that the House of Representatives would quickly pass 30 vital measures for job creation, health, and economic recovery to protect the country’s most vulnerable people.

Romualdez was referring to 30 out of the 32 bills approved or listed during Monday’s meeting of the LEDAC as its common legislative agenda.

It was the first time Mr. Marcos convened the LEDAC.

“The House and the Senate will give these measures utmost priority. President Marcos clearly spelled out a roadmap of governance in the next six years for economic recovery, with agriculture as the major engine for growth and employment,” Romualdez, who attended the LEDAC meeting in Malacañang, said.


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