MANILA, Philippines—The House of Representatives will fast-track five priority bills as the session resumes next week, according to House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco.
“We will do our best to help the President fulfill all his promises to the Filipino people,” he said.
Among the priority bills to be passed include:
1. Philippine Virology Institute Bill
2. Center for Disease Control Bill
3. Amendments to the Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016
4. Bureau of Immigration Modernization Bill
5. National Housing Development Bill
Lawmakers aim to pass the Philippine Virology Institute Bill amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The bill proposes to create a research and development institute under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). The institute, to be called the Virology Science and Technology Institute of the Philippines shall serve as the premier research and development institute in the field of virology.
The Center for Disease Control Bill aims to create an agency that would focus on preventing and managing the spread of diseases and other health threats in the country and abroad.
The bill amending the “Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Act of 2016”, on the other hand, requires the CPD as the mandatory requirement for the renewal of a Professional Identification Card.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) Modernization Bill aims to make the BI more responsive to the challenges and developments of migration and immigration.
The National Housing Development Bill is set to provide continuous funding support for a large-scale pro-poor housing program in the country.
Velasco also hopes that the Senate approves the proposed Internet Transaction Act and the creation of the Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Workers which was already approved by the lower house.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives said it is already prepared for President Rodrigo Duterte’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday (July 26).
House of Representatives Secretary-General Mark Llandro Mendoza said around 300 lawmakers will be allowed to physically attend the SONA.
“Karamihan mga deputy speakers natin, former speakers darating din, sa mga senators natin, I think mga 10 ata ang nag-confirm na (Most of our deputy speakers, former speakers, and senators. I think 10 already confirmed),” he said. –AAC