“THE Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (Ledac) will help us formulate a game plan to ensure the passage of President Duterte’s legislative agenda and avoid the vetoing of laws in the future as an offshoot of the possible lack of coordination.” This was stressed yesterday by Leyte (1st District) Yedda Romualdez, wife of former House Independent Bloc Leader and ex-Leyte Cong. Martin Romualdez.
Romualdez joined other lawmakers in hailing as ‘a good move’ President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s plan to convene the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (Ledac) in September or October to further harmonize the passage of vital pieces of legislation.
Romualdez, Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte and Lipa City Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto said the convening of Ledac will not only fasttrack the implementation of infrastructure projects but also guarantee the passage in Congress of President Duterte’s legislative agenda.
“This is a welcome development to further strengthen the Executive and Legislative partnerships in implementing public infrastructure projects and development programs for fair distribution of the benefits of economic growth,” Romualdez stressed.
Villafuerte has urged Malacañang to convene the Ledac ahead of schedule to tackle urgent measures in Congress, including the proposal to postpone the holding of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections due this October 31.
“We laud the Duterte administration’s resolve to promote a much better working relationship between the executive and legislative departments by revitalizing this once dormant advisory council,” he said.
Villafuerte, author of House Bill (HB) No. 1290 which aims to postpone the barangay and SK polls from October 31, 2016 to February 27, 2017 to give “breathing space to all those who were directly involved in the May 9 elections from the Comelec (Commission on Elections) officials and employees, teachers, members of civic and religious organizations, public officials and the voters themselves,” and also to give the Comelec “ample time” to address issues raised during the May 9 presidential polls.
He said convening the Ledac sooner than originally scheduled has become even more urgent following the recent separate pronouncements made by President Duterte himself and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez supporting calls to postpone the village and SK polls in October.
Santos-Recto, a multi-awarded actress, said: “It’s a good move on the part of President Duterte to convene the Ledac. I really welcome this, as a signal that Congress is the partner of the President to achieve development of the country.”
“Importante na mag-usap ang Kongreso at Executive department. This means seryoso ang Presidente na ma-implement nang maayos at mapabilis ang infrastructure development projects at mapag-usapan na rin ang mga solusyon sa traffic crisis sa Metro Manila,” Santos-Recto said.