House OKs 327 bills

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - By JESS DIAZ

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives has ap­proved a to­tal of 327 bills on fi­nal read­ing since July 23, when former pres­i­dent and Pam­panga Rep. Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal-Ar­royo was elected Speaker.

Of that num­ber, four were al­ready en­acted into law. Ma­jor­ity Leader Rolando An­daya Jr. iden­ti­fied these as the Repub­lic Act 11055, which es­tab­lishes a Filipino na­tional iden­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem; RA 11058, which strength­ens com­pli­ance with oc­cu­pa­tional safety and health stan­dards of Filipino work­ers; RA 11057, which strength­ens the le­gal frame­work for the cre­ation, per­fec­tion, de­ter­mi­na­tion of pri­or­ity rights and en­force­ment of se­cu­rity in­ter­ests in per­sonal prop­erty and the es­tab­lish­ment of a no­tice reg­istry; and RA 11059, which es­tab­lishes a re­tire­ment ben­e­fit sys­tem in the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man.

An­daya said three of the mea­sures ap­proved on third and fi­nal read­ing are part of the pri­or­ity leg­isla­tive agenda of Pres­i­dent Duterte – the Co­conut Farm­ers and In­dus­try Devel­op­ment Fund Bill, Rice Tar­if­fi­ca­tion Bill and Tra­baho Bill or the sec­ond pack­age of Tax Re­form for Ac­cel­er­a­tion and In­clu­sion (TRAIN 2).

He added that the House and the Se­nate have rat­i­fied the con­fer­ence com­mit­tee re­port on the coco levy bill and the pro­posed law has been sent to Mala­cañang for the Pres­i­dent’s sig­na­ture.

An­daya pointed out that three House-ap­proved mea­sures are await­ing ac­tion by the Se­nate since last year – the Univer­sal Health Care Bill, Na­tional Land Use and Man­age­ment Pol­icy Bill and the pro­posed Endo or Se­cu­rity of Ten­ure Act (HB 6908).

Only two of the Pres­i­dent’s pri­or­ity mea­sures re­main pend­ing at the House: the De­part­ment of Disas­ter Re­silience Bill and Char­ter change that would shift the na­tion to the fed­eral sys­tem, he added.

Be­fore the House ad­journed its ses­sion on Wed­nes­day for its month-long Halloween re­cess, it au­tho­rized its com­mit­tees to con­tinue work­ing to fi­nal­ize and fine-tune bills so these would be ready for ple­nary dis­cus­sion or ap­proval when it re­con­venes on Nov. 12.

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