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Romualdez guarantees the fast passage of 30 bills supported by LEDAC.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. received assurances from Speaker Martin Romualdez on Monday that the House of Representatives would move swiftly to pass the 30 important measures approved during the meeting of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) as its Common Legislative Agenda (CLA).

The President’s entire legislative agenda, including the top priorities for legislation he has asked Congress to consider, has the House’s full support. We will respond to these quickly,” he said. These priority initiatives will become Laws with the help and cooperation of President Marcos Jr. and the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO), from which the Filipino people would benefit.

On Monday, Marcos called the LEDAC together for the first time under his presidency to discuss his legislative priorities.

Marcos urged Congress to pass his 20 priority bills during his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July of last year, including the bills for the Medical Reserve Corps, National Disease Prevention Management Authority, E-Governance Act, Internet Transaction Act, Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Taxation Act (PIFITA), Valuation Reform Bill, and Virology (ROTC).

The National Government Rightsizing Program, Budget Modernization Bill, National Service Training Program, National Defense Act, Enactment of an Enabling Law for the Natural Gas Industry, Amendments to the Electric Power Industry Reform Act, Amendments to the Build-Operate-Transfer Law, and the Condonation of Unpaid Amortization and Interests of Loans of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries are also on the legislative agenda.

“Both Houses of Congress acted on the president’s request to pass 20 priority measures. The members of both Houses of Congress have already filed bills on the 20 priority items that President Marcos highlighted, and I can say that with pride,” Romualdez added.

The SIM Registration Act, which was recently signed, and the Postponement of Barangay & SK Elections, which is currently awaiting the Chief Executive’s signature, are two of the additional 12 priority bills that the Senate and the House of Representatives have identified in addition to the 20 priority measures.

The Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers, the Magna Carta of Barangay Health Workers, the New Philippine Passport Act, the Waste-to-Energy Bill, the Apprenticeship Act, the provision of free legal assistance for military and uniformed personnel, the creation of the Leyte Ecological Industrial Zone, the creation of the Eastern Visayas Development Authority, and the establishment of the Negros Island Region are among the ten additional measures.

“This legislation will receive top attention from the House and the Senate. With agriculture serving as the primary engine for growth and employment for the following six years, President Marcos clearly outlined an administration plan, according to Romualdez.

To expeditiously pass some of the 30 CLA proposals, Romualdez stated that the House of Representatives would continue to rely on Rule 10, Section 48 of the House of Representatives.

The House rules of procedure have an internal mechanism for a quick approval process, according to Romualdez.

The committees are permitted to vote on priority issues that have already been submitted and passed on the third reading in Congress. This is allowed by Rule 10, Section 48.

According to him, applying this specific rule will significantly speed up the discussion and approval of any covered bill by any committee and its final passage by the full House.

To ensure that the House of Representatives reports out only the best possible version of the bills, he said, “As Speaker of the House, I am inviting stakeholders from the Executive and Judicial Branch as well as all private sector stakeholders to join our legislators in deliberating and scrutinizing these measures.”

“I am excited to work with the Senate, the Judiciary, and the Executive Branch, under the leadership of President Marcos Jr., in achieving our shared vision for a better Philippines and its people,” he continued.

Marcos said in a Facebook post that the first LEDAC he hosted while in office was “constructive.”

“Thank you very much for your productive pagpupulong ngayong umaga! (Thank you very much more for this [Monday] morning’s productive meeting,)” he said.

Additionally, he published pictures from the LEDAC gathering on his own Facebook page.

Malacanang has not yet made information regarding the LEDAC meeting public.

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