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House passes 31 of Marcos administration’s 42 priority bills

THE House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a total of 31 of the administration’s priority measures.

“We are proud of our collective accomplishment — 31 out of 42 and counting. As of today, we have achieved a significant part of our goal in less than a year of session,” Speaker Martin Romualdez said in a statement on Thursday.

Among the measures, the latest ones to be approved by the House on third and final reading were the 30-year national infrastructure program bill and the proposed national land use law.

Three of the measures have been signed by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. into law—the Subscriber Identity Module Registration Act, which moved the barangay (village) and youth council elections to Oct. 2023, and the amendment of the law on the fixed term of the military chief and other high-ranking officers.

The bill seeking to condone unpaid loans of agrarian reform beneficiaries has been sent to Malacañang.

Also approved on third and final reading by the House were: a Magna Carta for seafarers, e-governance bill, creation of the Negros Island Region, creation of a virology institute, proposed fourth package under the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program, creation of centers for disease prevention and control, proposed Health Emergency Auxiliary Reinforcement Team Act, proposed new Philippine passport law, proposed Internet Transactions Act, proposed Waste Treatment Technology Act, legislation on free legal aid for military and uniformed personnel, proposed Revised National Apprenticeship Program Act, proposed Public-Private Partnership Act, a Magna Carta for barangay health workers, proposed Real Property Valuation and Assessment Reform Act, creation of the Eastern Visayas Development Authority, proposed Leyte Ecological Industrial Zone Act, proposed Government Financial Institutions Unified Initiatives to Distressed Enterprises for Economic Recovery Act, establishment of the National Citizens Service Training Program, proposed law on national government rightsizing, the Maharlika fund bill, Ease of Paying Taxes, amendment of the Universal Health Care Act, Local Government Unit Income Classification, and proposed Department of Health Specialty Centers Act. —  Ma. Reina Leanne Tolentino

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