Ledac agrees to pass federalism, national ID bills by December

MANILA, Philippines – The Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (Ledac) approved the inclusion of 28 measures in its Common Legislative Agenda (CLA) for the 17th Congress.

The decision was made on Tuesday, August 29, during the second full Ledac meeting in Malacañang.

Of the 28, 14 were recommended by the Ledac Executive Committee (ExeCom) as "urgent" in order to "emphasize the necessity of having them passed into law within the year," said Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia.

The 28 measures are listed below (first 14 are recommended as urgent measures):

On track

Pernia was glad to report that bills have already been filed in Congress for all the measures.

Ten of them are in "advanced stages of legislation," he said.

The list of 28 priority bills was formed based on the Common Legislative Priorities of Congress, composed of 39 common priorities of both the Senate and the House of Representatives, and the President's Legislative Agenda, consisting of 55 proposed laws.

Pernia said the CLA is consistent with the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022, the Duterte administration's plan for the country to become a predominantly middle-class society.

Of the 28 measures, 21 are identified by the plan as necessary. 

"This development only shows that the whole of government is moving forward in the same direction," said Pernia. (READ: Malacañang fails to invite Robredo to 2nd Ledac meeting– Rappler.com

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