Economic takeoff

December 26, 2019

THE key to making a comfortable life for all Filipinos, notably the poor, is for the two-chamber Congress to come up with pieces of legislation that would propel the country’s economic takeoff.

And the House of Representatives, which is dominated by pro-administration solons, is committed to pass all the measures needed to improve the living conditions of the Filipino people.

House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, chair of the committee on rules, said the lawmakers’ focus right now is to work hard, adding this is President Duterte’s  marching order.

“We are busy with our work, and we intend to keep it that way. We all have roles to play, and we are just glad to be given the opportunity to serve (the people),” said Romualdez, a lawyer by profession.

He said the House of Representatives will hit the ground running when Congress resumes its regular sessions on January 20 after a month-long Christmas break, which started on December 21.  

Official records show that from July 22 to Dec. 18, 2019, the House of Representatives received a total of 6,562 proposed measures, 5,889 of them bills, and 186 committee reports.

Next year, the Lower Chamber of Congress is set to approve on third and final reading vital measures that it had already approved on second reading, according to the workaholic Romualdez.

One of the measures is House Bill No. 5673, which authorizes the Department of Health to set and approve the bed capacity and service capability of all Department of Health-retained hospitals.

In the view of many, it’s certainly time to step up the pressure on Congress members to speed up the passage of pieces of legislation aimed at drawing the poor into the social mainstream.

It would do well for members of Congress – senators and congressmen – to support the Chief Executive from Davao City as he gears up for the last two-and-a-half years of his six-year presidency.