President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Monday said he is looking forward to fostering a stronger partnership with the House of Representatives under the leadership of Speaker Martin Romualdez.
Marcos made the remark in a birthday video greeting to Romualdez that was played during the plenary session.
“Let’s hope to keep that working relationship strong and vibrant. I look forward to the years to come where we can do even more good work together,” Marcos said.
Marcos highlighted how Romualdez’s leadership has helped in the administration’s efforts in nation-building.
“Thank you for all the good work that you have done in leading the House of Representatives and a very important one that the House of Representatives under your leadership has played in our effort of nation-building,” Marcos said.
Romualdez will celebrate his 60th birthday this Tuesday.
The House, during the plenary session, adopted House Resolution 1463, expressing the profound gratitude and appreciation of the chamber to President Marcos for his invaluable support to the unity and integrity of the institution toward the realization of a Common Legislative Agenda (CLA) for a strong and prosperous nation.
Out of the 57 Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) priority measures, eight have successfully become law, including the SIM Registration Act; Postponement of Barangay/SK Elections in 2022; and the Agrarian Reform Debts Condonation, while two, namely, the Ease of Paying Taxes and Amendment to the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT)/Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Code, have achieved ratification by the bicameral conference committee.
A remarkable 35 LEDAC bills have passed the third reading, encompassing significant initiatives like the Virology Institute of the Philippines, Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Taxation Act (PIFITA) (Package 4), and the National Disease Prevention Management Authority, among others. Other measures are currently pending at the committee level.
Last September, the House of Representatives approved 100 percent of 20 identified LEDAC bills or three months ahead of the December deadline. (PNA)