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Congress vows to approve Marcos’ legislative priorities

LEADERS OF CONGRESS on Monday agreed to apshow 30 payments identified as priorities of the Marcos administration, together with the amendments to the Construct-Function-Switch (BOT) Regulation and the Nationwide Authorities rightsizing program.

President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. on Monday convened the 20-member Legislative-Govt Growth Advisory Council (LEDAC) for the primary time below his administration.

Throughout Monday’s assembly, the LEDAC listed 32 payments below the widespread legislative agenda, which incorporates 20 precedence measures earlier talked about by Mr. Marcos throughout his State of the Nation Handle in July.

Twelve measures had been added by Congress leaders together with the SIM Registration Act, which was signed into legislation on Monday, and the postponement of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

In a press release, Senate President Juan Miguel F. Zubiri mentioned the Senate and Home agreed to approve six of the 30 measures by yearend, specifically the amendments to the BOT Regulation, Medical Reserve Corps, Nationwide Illness Prevention Administration Authority/Middle for Illness Prevention and Management, Virology Science and Expertise Institute of the Philippines, obligatory Reserve Officers’ Coaching Corps and Nationwide Service Coaching Program (ROTC/NSTP), and Condonation of Unpaid Amortization and Curiosity on Loans of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries.

Home Speaker Martin G. Romualdez mentioned in a separate assertion that legislators will give the “utmost precedence” to the remaining 30 payments below the widespread legislative agenda.

“The Home is in full help of the President’s complete legislative agenda, together with the important thing precedence measures for laws he has requested Congress to contemplate. We are going to act on these with dispatch,” Mr. Romualdez mentioned.

Other than the six measures earlier talked about, Mr. Marcos’ legislative agenda contains the Nationwide Authorities Rightsizing Program, amendments to the Electrical Energy Trade Reform Act (EPIRA), the Actual Property Valuation Reform Invoice, Passive Earnings and Monetary Middleman Taxation Act, E-Governance Act, E-Authorities Act, Web Transaction Act, Authorities Monetary Establishments Unified Initiatives to Distressed Enterprises for Financial Restoration (GUIDE) Invoice, Unified System of Separation, Retirement and Pension Invoice, Division of Water Sources Invoice, Nationwide Land Use Act, Funds Modernization Invoice, Nationwide Protection Act, and the Enabling Regulation for the Pure Gasoline Trade.

The Home and Senate recognized their precedence measures, which included the institution of Regional Specialty Hospitals, the Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers, establishing the Negros Island Area, New Philippine Passport Act, Waste-to-Power Invoice, Apprenticeship Act, a invoice offering free authorized help for army and uniformed personnel, Magna Carta of Barangay Well being Employees, creation of the Leyte Ecological Industrial Zone, and creation of the Jap Visayas Growth Authority.

To expedite the passage of those payments, Mr. Romualdez mentioned the Home will proceed to make use of a rule that enables committees to instantly get rid of precedence measures that had been accepted on third studying within the earlier Congress.

“The passage of many of those payments banks on the recognition of the president. In reality, these payments can facilitate the president’s agenda: infrastructure program, reforms within the ROTC/NSTP, and interventions within the agriculture sector,” Jan Robert S. Go, a political analyst, mentioned in a Messenger chat. “Proper now, Marcos enjoys the help of each chambers.”

Leonardo A. Lanzona, who teaches economics on the Ateneo de Manila College, mentioned in a Messenger chat that the Marcos administration’s precedence payments “fail to consider the present state of affairs that the majority households are confronted with.”

“This entails an evaluation of the present issues arising from the financial disaster and the capability of the establishments designed to implement them,” he mentioned.

Mr. Lanzona famous the federal government must “focus solely on two or three measures and to strengthen the establishments that can implement these measures.”

“Amendments to the BOT Regulation shouldn’t go the present route of its IRR modification, wherein tariff and charges could also be raised by personal proponents even previous to regulatory approval,” Terry L. Ridon, a public funding analyst, mentioned in a Messenger chat.

Mr. Ridon famous amending the EPIRA, which paved the best way for the privatization of the power sector, can be difficult.

“Power corporations with political allies in Congress will definitely be sure to additional restrict the federal government’s regulatory powers,” he mentioned.

Mr. Ridon mentioned amendments to EPIRA and BOT Regulation “ought to solely be undertaken to reinforce safety for shoppers and end-users and to stop regulatory seize by curiosity teams.” — Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza

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