THE first 41 session days of Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as Speaker of the House had been “productive” with 35 measures processed daily.
Under the stewardship of the former President, the House of Representatives processed a total of 1,426 measures since the Third Regular Session of the 17th Congress began on July 23, 2018 and adjourned on December 12, 2018 for a Christmas break.
At the adjournment on December 13, Speaker Arroyo addressed the Members of the House to congratulate them on their hard work as the House succeeded in processing all the priority measures of President Rodrigo Duterte.
As Speaker, Arroyo had promised to support the priority measures of President Duterte.
“My concern is not my legacy as Speaker. My concern is to support President Duterte’s legacy in the year that I have as Speaker. And as of yesterday, the House can report with confidence that we have already passed the President’s entire legislative agenda as he announced in his 2018 State of the Nation Address,” Arroyo said.
Of the total measures processed, 95 were enacted into law, 16 of which were of national significance and 79 of local import.
These include Republic Act 11054, or the “Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao,” a landmark legislation that was based on House Bill 6475.
Also enacted was RA 11148, or the “Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act” based on HB 5777, which scales up the national and local health and nutrition programs through a strengthened integrated strategy for maternal, neonatal, child health and nutrition in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life.
Others are RA 11106 or the “Filipino Sign Language Act” based on HB 7503; RA 11127 or the “National Payments Systems Act” based on HB 5000; RA 11131 or the “Philippine Criminology Act of 2018” based on HB 7191; RA 11055, or the “Philippine Identification System Act” based on HB 6221; RA 11057, or the “Personal Property Security Act” based on HB 6907; RA 11058, “An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards” based on HB 64; and RA 11059 or the “Retirement Law of the Office of the Ombudsman” based on HB 6578.
Moreover, 39 more measures were transmitted to the President, awaiting his approval to be enacted into laws.
The House further ratified a total of 30 bicameral reports during this period. A total of 26 of the reports were of national significance and four were of local import.
Among these are HB 7735 and SB 1998, “Revised Agricultural Tariffication Act”; HB 7402 and SB 1363, “Telecommuting Act”; HB 8239 and SB 1477, “Positive and Nonviolent Discipline of Children Act”; HB 8139 and SB 1431, “Tulong-Trabaho Act”; HB 5675 and SB 2081, “Simulated Birth Rectification Act”; HB 8636 and SB 1850, “National Integrated Cancer Control Act”; HB 6617 and SB 1390, “Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act”; HB 4113 and SB 1305, “Increasing the Maternity Leave to 100 Days”; HB 7652 and SB 1636, “Mobile Number Portability Act”; HB 8374 and SB 1280, “Revised Corporation Code of the Philippines” and House Joint Resolution 26, which seeks to extend the period of availability of funds intended for victims of Human Rights violations under the Marcos Regime until December 2019.