House to continue support for Duterte legislative agenda

THE House leadership vowed to prioritize the bills mentioned by President Rodrigo Duterte in his 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez said the Lower House will continue to support the legislative agenda of the President Duterte, particularly the reimposition of deat penalty on drug related cases.

“The House also assures that the death penalty measures will be deliberated on thoroughly. We, in the House of Representatives, are committed to deliver to the President the measures needed to support his vision for the nation in the years to come,” Romualdez said.

The president wants to revive the death penalty through lethal injection in cases related to illegal drugs.

There are other measures that the President wants Congress to expedite such as the creation of a Department of OFW and Department of Disaster Resilience.

Romualdez said despite theuncertain times brought by the global pandemic, Congress will work on these measuers.

The President also  called on Congress to expedite the passage of several key measures including the Bayanihan To Heal as One Act 2; the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives Enterprises Act (CREATE); the National Housing Development bill; and the Rental Housing Subsidy bill.

The Chief Executive said bills amending Republic Act (RA) No. 10912 or the Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016 must also be approved along with the Advanced Nursing Education Act; the Medical Reserve Corps Act; and measures that would institutionalize the National Disease Prevention and Management Authority.

Also cited as legislative priorities were the Unified System of Separation Retirement and Pension for Uniformed Personnel; the Modernization of the Bureau of Fire Protection; and establishment of education centers in every city and municipality.

Duterte asked Congress to pass the National Land Use Act; measures creating the Boracay Island Authority; the Coconut Levy Act, the Coconut Farmers Trust Fund; the Rural Agricultural and Fisheries Development Financing System Act; as well as the Internet Transactions Act.

Romualdez said that upon the instruction of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, he will work closely with Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri to tackle and harmonize the President’s latest priority measures and those that have been mentioned in last year’s SONA.

“We expect that the Senate will work hand-in-hand with the House to smoothen the deliberations and passage of these vital bills. Of course this will be done without sacrificing the quality of debates and discussions in both the committee and plenary levels,” he added.