MANILA, Philippines- Siyam pang priority measures ang gustong isama ni Senate President Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri sa Common Legislative Agenda (CLA) bukod sa 42 bills na nakalista sa agenda.
“It was a productive meeting, and President (Ferdinand ‘’Bonging R.) Marcos (Jr.) was very participative, with his questions on the problems and bottlenecks in some of the bills,” ayon kay Zubiri, pagkatapos ng Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) meeting nitong July 5.
Kabilang sa priority measures ang Philippine Defense Industry Development Act (PDIDA), Cybersecurity Law, at amendments sa procurement provision ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Act.
“These bills will be vital in strengthening our AFP, and to our overall efforts to build a truly self-reliant defense strategy,” aniya.
“Kaya talagang gusto nating ituloy itong PDIDA, in particular, para may capability tayo na mag-manufacture ng sarili nating equipment (We are pushing for PDIDA so that we would have the capability of manufacture our own equipment). As we do that, we will be creating jobs, and courting foreign companies to invest here as well,” giit pa niya.
Layunin naman ng Cybersecurity Law na lumikha ng legal framework na magpapalakas sa ybersecurity at protection at pagbuo ng protocols sa paggamit nito sa lahat ng government agencies at vital institutions.
Dalawang education bills ang gustong maipasa din ng Senado, ang Academic Recovery and Accessible Learning (ARAL) Program Act at Batang Magaling Act—kabilang ang Safe Pathways Act, Open Access in Data Transmission Act, Tatak Pinoy Act, at ang Blue Economy Act.
Kasama naman sa priority bills ng Mababang Kapulungan ang Excise Tax on Single-Use Plastic, Sustainable Urban Mobility Act, at ang act rationalizing Motor Vehicle User’s Charge.
Nagpanukala din ng dalawang bills ang Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas partikular ang Bank Deposits Secrecy Bill at ang Anti-Financial Account Scamming Act.
Ibinahagi rin ni Zubiri sa pulong ang update sa nalalabing CLA measures sa Senado sa pangunguna ng National Employment Action Plan, na naipasa sa ikatlong pagbasa.
“Of the remaining 35 measures in the Common Legislative Agenda, nine are pending on Second Reading in the Senate and all nine have been approved on Third Reading in the House,” ayon kay Zubiri.
Kabilang sa siyam ang National Disease Prevention Management Authority or the Center for Disease Control Act, Mandatory Reserve Officers Training Corps and NSTP Act, Internet Transactions Act, the Amendments to the Build-Operate-Transfer Law o ang Public-Private Partnership Act, An Act Revitalizing the Salt Industry, Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers, New Philippine Passport Act, the Local Government Unit (LGU) Income Classification Act, at ang Ease of Paying Taxes Act.
Tinukoy ang naturang panukala na dapat maipasa sa Disyembre kabilang ang Medical Reserve Corps Act, The Virology Institute Act, Valuation Reform Act, the National Government Rightsizing Act, Unified System of Separation, Retirement, and Pension of MUPs, Waste-to-Energy Act, amendments sa Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act, Bank Deposits Secrecy Bill, at ang Anti-Financial Account Scamming Act.
Nakatakda naman na isalang sa deliberasyon ng plenaryo ng ilang pang nalalabig 26 bills kapag nagbukas ng sesyon ng Kongreso.
“Once we resume session, we will hit the ground running on these measures, especially on the measures that we are targeting to pass by the end of the year,” aniya. Ernie Reyes