Congress is set to expedite the passage of the seven priority bills identified by House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, according to House Majority Leader and Leyte 1st District Rep. Martin Romualdez.

Romualdez said that under House Rule 10 Section 48, committees are authorized to dispose of priority measures already filed and approved on third reading by the immediately preceding Congress.

“We discussed ways on how to expedite the approval of pending legislative measures in compliance with Speaker Velasco’s directive to hit the ground running. The concerned committees for these measures may meet for just one hearing and immediately refer the committee reports for plenary deliberation,” said Romualdez.

“All other priority measures to be identified by the Speaker as his priority bills are expected to face easy sailing in the House of Representatives,” he added.

The seven priority measures that are currently under various stages of deliberation at the committee level and eligible under the House rule are the Coconut Levy Fund, National Land Use Act, Mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), Rightsizing the National Government, Right to Adequate Food, Anti-Ethnic, Racial and Religious Discrimination Act, and On-Site, In-City Near City Local Government Resettlement Program.

Romualdez bared that Velasco is also eyeing for the immediate approval of the following proposals as his priority bills: Internet Transaction Act, Military Uniformed Personnel (MUP) Pension Fund, Magna Carta for Barangays, Amendments to the Revised Penal Code, Amendments to the Government Procurement Reform Act, Marinduque Special Economic Zone Act, Marinduque Sports Academy, and Training Center Act, and Bisikleta Para sa Kinabukasan Act.

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