Duterte’s dev’t agenda

July 02, 2019

A POWERFUL multi-party coalition is seen to ensure the speedy passage of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s priority economic bills in the House of Representatives.

Topping the list of the Duterte administration’s priority bills for the 18th Congress, which is set to open late this month, is the proposed 2020 national budget.

What’s clear is that there’s a need for members of the Lower House of Congress to work in unison as President Duterte acts to propel the nation’s economic growth to new heights.

The Chief Executive’s economic bills were among the measures included in the priority list which was agreed upon by a multi-party caucus of House leaders held recently at Seda Hotel.

Leyte 1st District Rep. Martin Romualdez, a known “Action Man,” said the 40 House leaders vowed to help Duterte in fulfilling his vision of transforming the country into an upper-middle economy by 2022.

Under the 1987 Constitution, the six-year Duterte administration, which began on June 30, 2016, ends at 12 noon on June 30, 2022.

“We know that we face a Herculean task, but nothing is impossible with a House united,” said Romualdez, a lawyer and banker by profession and a leading candidate for Speaker.

Last Sunday, Romualdez likewise assured the country’s economic managers that Congress will align its legislative agenda with President Duterte’s medium-term development plan.

And the House of Representatives is committed to work double-time to act on the Chief Executive’s priority bills, notably those that seek to improve the lives of the people, added Duterte.

Thus, it is a must to elect an “Action Man” as the next House speaker, who is capable of unifying the solons and facilitating congressional action on Duterte’s legislative agenda.