No break for some House panels

THERE will be no break for some House committees as the leadership asked them to finish pending important measures.

In a statement, Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. said some committees will continue to work during the break to finalize and fine-tune bills.

“So that these will be ready for plenary discussion or approval when it resumes work on November 12,” Andaya said.

Likewise, House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez said he intends to convene the oversight committee during the break to ask some agencies to submit reports of their performance.

Based on the Congress calendar, the legislature will have a session break from October 12 to November 11.

Before the break, the House of Representatives was able to approve  a total of 327 bills on final reading.

Of these, four legislative measures were enacted into law under the leadership of Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Among those enacted into law were Republic Act 11055 which establishes a Filipino Identification System, and Republic Act 11058 which strengthens compliance with occupational safety and health standards of Filipino workers.

Also passed into law were RA 11057 which strengthens the legal framework for the creation, perfection, determination of priority rights and enforcement of security interests in personal property and the establishment of a notice registry, and RA 11059 which establishes a retirement benefit system in the Office of the Ombudsman.

Of the 327 bills approved on third and final reading, three are included in the legislative priority measures outlined by President Rodrigo Duterte.

These are the Coconut Farmers and Industry Development Fund (HB 5745), Rice Tariffication (HB 7735), and Trabaho Bill (HB 8083).

The coco levy bill has been ratified by both the Senate and the House of Representatives, and may be signed into law by President Duterte soon.

Other priority measures that the House of Representatives already approved on final reading last year and awaiting action from the Senate include the Universal Health Care (HB 5784), National Land Use and Management Policy (HB 4240), and Endo or Security of Tenure Act (HB 6908).     

Only two of the President’s priority measures remain pending at the House: the Department of Disaster Resilience and the Constituent Assembly.