Politics notwithstanding, the House of Representatives has delivered President Rodrigo Duterte’s legislative agenda after processing a total of 220 measures in 20 session days, House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez said on Monday.
These include the record time third and final reading approval of the proposed P4.1 trillion national budget for 2020 and tax reform measures to promote the country as a viable investment destination, according to Romualdez, who chairs the powerful House committee on rules.
Romualdez praised the “sterling leadership” of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and assured the public that the House leadership would continue to perform better.
“The House as an institution performed its tasks commendably and with distinction to deliver the legislative agenda of the President. We answered the challenges and demands of our duties and
responsibilities,” he said.
“This will usher us to a good start. Through the collective hard work and determination of House members under the leadership of Speaker Cayetano, we are always focused and committed to pass quality legislation at all times to make better the life of Filipinos,” said Romualdez.
Cayetano posted an impressive 64 percent approval and 62 percent trust ratings based on the September 2019 Ulat ng Bayan Survey of Pulse Asia.
Before Congress went on a month-long Halloween break last October 2, the House of Representatives processed 220 measures or an average of 11 measures per day during the 20 session days.
From July 22 to October 8, 2019, Romualdez said the House of Representatives received a total of 5,566 measures and 70 committee reports.
Of these, Romualdez said 5,121 are bills and 445 are resolutions.
The House of Representatives also approved a total of 18 bills on third and final reading, he said.