Only 11 measures up for House okay

True to its word to expedite its passage, the House of Representatives announced Thursday that only 11 measures are up for approval out of the 42 priority legislations of the Marcos administration.

“We are proud of our collective accomplishment — 31 out of 42 and counting. As of today, we have achieved a significant part of our goal in less than a year of session,” Speaker Martin Romualdez bared.

The long-stalled National Land Use Act, pending in Congress for almost two decades, and the 30-year National Infrastructure Program Bill, which would run from 2023 to 2052, were among those that received the final nod from the lower chamber last week.

The NLUA law was among President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s identified as part of his legislative agenda in his inaugural State of the Nation Address in July last year, aiming to succeed where his predecessor failed.

Mr. Marcos had already signed three of the 42 Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council bills into law, namely the SIM Registration Act, a bill postponing barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to October this year, and a bill amending the law on the fixed term of the Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff and other high-ranking officers.

Next in the line is the contentious Maharlika Investment Fund, which is now one step away from his blessing, as Senate President Migz Zubiri vowed to fast-track its approval following his marching order to pass it as “urgent.”

The controversial bill is now at the Senate plenary and is being scrutinized by senators.

The LEDAC measures are believed to address critical concerns relating to public health, job creation and further promote economic growth and support Mr. Marcos’ Agenda for Prosperity and his eight-point socio-economic roadmap.

It was the “hard work” and backing of his fellow House members, Romualdez said, that turned the vision into fruition.

The proposed Bureau of Immigration Modernization Act and Philippine Salt Industry Act, both in accordance with the President’s economic strategy, is now awaiting final approval from the House plenary next week.

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