Ledac agrees to pass federalism, national ID bills by December

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Ledac agrees to pass federalism, national ID bills by December
The two bills, along with 12 others, are classified as 'urgent' by the Ledac Executive Committee

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):

  1. Federalism
  2. Unified National Identification System Act
  3. Security of Tenure Bill (measure against contractualization)
  4. Utilization of the Coconut Levy Fund
  5. National Transport Act (to address the traffic crisis)
  6. Budget Reform Act
  7. National Land Use Act
  8. Rightsizing of the National Government
  9. Amendments to the Anti-Cybercrime Act
  10. Amendments to the Agricultural Tariffication Act of 1996
  11. Amendments to the NIA Charter (for free irrigation)
  12. Amendment to Public Service Act
  13. Ease of Doing Business Act or Fast Business Permit Act
  14. Amendments to Government Procurement Reform Act
  15. National Mental Health Care Delivery System
  16. Occupational Safety and Health Hazards Compliance
  17. Comprehensive Tax Reform
  18. People’s Broadcasting Corporation Charter Bill
  19. Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill
  20. Strengthening the Balik-Scientist Program
  21. Philippine Qualifications Framework
  22. Amendments to the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) Act
  23. Land Administration Reform Act
  24. Delineation of the Specific Forest Limits
  25. Amendments to the Social Security Act
  26. Free Higher Education Act
  27. Enhanced Universal Health Care Act
  28. Allowable or Recoverable System Loss Act

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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