IT’S another fruitful year for the House of Representatives.
Before going on a month-long Holiday break, members of Congress were able to pass 39 measures most of which are scheduled to be signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte.
The two most important measures approved are the proposed 2018 national budget amounting to P3.776 trillion and the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), which was considered the first tax bill under the administration of President Duterte.
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said many of the measures approved are pro-people and pro-development bills that reflect the hard work, dedication and productivity of the Filipino workers.
According to Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, a total of 8,528 bills and resolutions were filed since the opening of the 17th Congress in July 2016.
A total of 522 committee reports were submitted to plenary by different committees.
Fariñas said the House ably processed a total of 2,100 measures during the past 145 session days of the period covered by the First Regular Session and since its opening for the Second Regular Session of the 17th Congress, or an average of 14 measures processed per day.
During the last week of session, a total of 12 bicameral reports were ratified.
Aside from the national budget and TRAIN, also ratified were HB 5670,“An Act Strengthening Assistance To All Farmers By Providing Free Irrigation Service Fee And All Other Similar Or Related Fees Or Charges” by committee on agriculture and food chairman ANAC-IP Rep. Jose Panganiban, Jr.; and HB 4863 or “An Act Strengthening The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation And Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) By Restoring Its Authority To Issue Subpoena Ad Testificandum Or Subpoena Duces Tecum” by Surigao del Norte Rep. Fancisco Jose Matugas II.
Likewise, HB 5241 principally authored by Fariañas titled “An Act Declaring December 8 Of Every Year A Special Non-Working Holiday In The Entire Country To Commemorate The Feast Of The Immaculate Conception Of Mary, The Principal Patroness Of The Philippines” has already been transmitted to the President for signature.
Other major accomplishments of the House are the approval on third and final reading of 354 bills; adoption of 100 resolutions, including those calling for motu proprio inquiry ; consolidation/substitution of 1,017 measures; and referral of 549 resolution on inquiries.
The adopted resolutions are as follows: Concurrent Resolutions, 10; Regular Resolutions, 76; Resolutions On Inquiries, In Aid Of Legislation, six; Resolution-Committee of the Whole, one (HR 1050 expressing full support for President Duterte as the House finds no reason to revoke his martial law proclamation in the whole of Mindanao; Resolutions on Impeachment, two ( HR 1015 dismissing the impeachment complaint against President Duterte and HR 1397 dismissing the impeachment complaint filed by Jacinto Paras and Ferdinand Topacio against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista); Resolutions of Both Houses, four, including RBH 11 extending martial law in Mindanao or Proclamation 216 until December 2018; and Report on Motu Proprio Inquiry, one.