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The House approves 31 of the 42 priority bills for the Marcos administration.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) identified 42 priority bills, and the House of Representatives approved 31 of them on Thursday, according to Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez.

The 30-year National Infrastructure Program Bill and the planned National Land Use Act were the most recent laws to be passed.

“Our group has completed 31 out of 42, and we’re still going. As of today, we have achieved a significant part of our goal in less than a year of session,” Romuladez said.

“I thank our colleagues for their hard work, as well as the various political parties in the House, which have committed to support the passage of priority measures determined by the President, the LEDAC, and the House itself.”

He said the measures β€œaim to support the President’s vision of keeping the economy on the high growth path and generating more jobs and income opportunities for our people.”

House Bill (HB) 8078 contains the planned 2023–2052 National Infrastructure Program.

“It will be an all-encompassing program covering not only public works like roads, bridges, and expressways, which we commonly refer to as infrastructure, but also energy, water resources, information and technology, agri-fisheries, food logistics, and socially-oriented structures, such as school buildings and other educational facilities,” he claimed.

It would “institutionalize President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s ‘Build Better More’ program to support a robust economy through a trustworthy national infrastructure network.”

A national land use policy that has been in development for years is intended to be implemented by the proposed National Land Use Act (HB 8162).

This has been a long-awaited action, and the President knows its significance. The government will have the means to correctly identify the distribution and use of land through this proposed law, according to Romualdez.

The SIM (subscriber identity module) Registration Act, the bill delaying the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections until October this year, and the measure amending the law on the fixed term of the chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and other ranking officers are three of the 42 LEDAC bills that have been signed into law by the President and are currently being put into effect.

A bill has been sent to Malacaang to excuse the penalties associated with the unpaid loans that thousands of beneficiaries of the agricultural reform program received.

More LEDAC bills are on the road for final approval, such as the bill on the Bureau of Immigration Modernization and the Philippine Salt Industry Act.

The National Employment Action Plan, the Philippine Ecosystem and Natural Capital Accounting System Bill, and three other bills are up for approval in the second reading.

The bills to establish the Department of Water Services and Resources, amendments to the Electric Power Industry Act and the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act are being discussed in committees and technical working groups.

The bills for the National Defense Act, Budget Modernization, and the Unified System of Separation, Retirement, and Pension for Uniformed Personnel are up for discussion in committee.

Magna Carta for Seafarers, the Negros Island Region, the Virology Institute of the Philippines, the Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Taxation Act, the National Disease Prevention Management Authority or Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Medical Reserve Corps, the Philippine Passport Act, the Internet Transaction Act/E-Commerce Law, the Waste-to-Energy Bill, and Free Legal Aid are among the measures that have been approved on third and final reading.

The Maharlika Investment or Sovereign Fund bill, which was primarily written by Romualdez and was finally passed and sent to the Senate, has been certified as urgent by the President.

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