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Romualdez lists top priority bills: SSL 5, OFW department, barangay poll postponement

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House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez on Sunday released a partial list of new legislative priorities following the approval of the 2020 budget after a meeting of the Legislative-Executive Coordinating Council (LECC).

Among the new priorities, according to the Leyte lawmaker, are the Salary Standardization Law (SSL) 5 for civilian state workers, creation of the Department of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), postponement of the May 2020 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls to May 2023, and free legal assistance to the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“Let’s wait the official communication from the Palace about the final list of priority legislative measures it would be submitting to Congress,” he said.

Romualdez clarified that this was “just the initial list.”

“In the meantime, we agreed to pursue these as our common priority measures,” he said after attending the LECC meeting in preparation to the Legislative-Executive-Development Advisory Council (LEDAC).

“Under the leadership of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, we are committed to expeditiously act on these measures. We will continue to work in harmony with the Senate and Cabinet members to pursue and realize President Duterte’s desire of ensuring a comfortable life for Filipinos,” he added.

“We are eyeing zero veto for all bills to be approved by the Senate and the House. Hopefully, we can avoid any possibility of a Presidential veto by working closely with Cabinet members and Senate officials,” said Romualdez.

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