Economic bills top Senate agenda when session resumes July
Bills that aim to improve the country's economy will be the focus of Senate as soon as regular sessions start on Monday

MANILA, Philippines – Bills that aim to improve the country’s economy will be the focus of Senate as soon as regular sessions start on Monday, July 23, according to Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile.

Enrile said during the regular Kapihan sa Senado that the senators will hold a caucus on Tuesday, July 24, to discuss the bills that they will prioritze. Among them:

  • SB 3199, which will create the Department of Housing and Urban Development (DHUD) to address the housing backlog in the country
  • SB 3098 or the Anti-Trust Law, which seeks to prohibit or discourage the formation of anti-competitive mergers and anti-competitive conduct
  • SB 3208 or the People’s Ownership over Government Information (POGI)
  • SB 2865 or the Reproductive Health Bill
  • SB 2978 or the Coconut levy fund
  • SB 3093 or the filing of false complaints against public officers as an aggravating circumstance of perjury
  • SB 2857 or institutionalizing the participation of civil society organizations in the preparation of the annual national budget
  • SB 107, which will require public officials and employees to submit a written permission of waiver in favor of the Ombudsman to look into bank deposits
  • SB 3114, or the strengthening of the political party system
  • SB 3123, which seeks the amendment of the Anti-Money Laundering Act
  • SB 3071, which aims to promote competitive Filipino design and the promotion of a national design policy
  • SB 2842, which seeks to upgrade the copyright section of the Department and Industry into a servicing bureau under the Intellectual Property Office
  • SB 2746, which seeks to eliminate “botcha” or the sale of dead meat in the market by providing label or origin for meal and meat products

“The improvement of the economy is the government’s vital concern. We wish to generate an economic climate that encourages the creation of goods and services in a playing field that is intentionally made fair for all,” Enrile explained.

Other measures expected to be discussed in the coming Senate sessions include bills involving the splitting of provinces and the creation of districts in time for the 2013 elections, and the discussion of the proposed budget for next year.

Despite a delay in legislative work due to the 44-day impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona, Senate has approved a total of 47 bills and has acted upon 283 other measures filed since July 2010. –