CNN Philippines Staff, November 5, 2023; CNN Philippines
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 5) —The House of Representatives will look into 11 priority measures as it resumes its regular session on Monday after a five-week break.
The first three priority bills as identified by the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council are:
-the Department of Water Resources and Services and Creation of Water Regulatory Commission;
-the Tatak-Pinoy (Proudly Filipino) Act; and
-the Blue Economy Law.
The bills were approved by their respective committees and are waiting for deliberations in the House Committee on Appropriations.
The following proposed measures, meanwhile, are currently under a technical working committee:
-the Amendments to the RA 9136 or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act;
-the Government Procurement Reform Act; and
-the Amendment of the Cooperative Code.
The following remaining legislations were previously mentioned by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in his State of the Nation Address:
-Budget Modernization Bill;
-National Defense Act;
-New Government Auditing Code;
-Philippine Defense Industry Development Act; and
-Motor Vehicle Road Users’ Tax.
The House is also set to resume its discussion on the ₱5.768-trillion national budget for 2024.
“The House is fully dedicated to the task at hand, ensuring that the national budget is ratified and enacted on time to guarantee the continuity of essential services, support economic growth, and promote the well-being of our citizens,” House Speaker Martin Romualdez said Sunday in a statement.