Reactivating technical working group

August 14, 2019

THE two-chamber Congress used to have an effective technical working group (TWG) that monitored the progress of legislative action on priority and certified measures of the administration. 

The House of Representatives under Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also wants to work closely with the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO), according to Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez.

Likewise, the House leadership will further work in ensuring a tighter coordination with Malacanang and the Senate. This will avoid presidential veto of bills approved by Congress, said Romualdez, a lawyer.

Members of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC), Congress leaders and Cabinet members also hold a regular monthly meeting to ensure a better shepherding of priority bills.  

In the view of many observers, these are positive efforts aimed at speeding up the passage of President Duterte’s priority legislative measures, including the proposed annual national budget of the government.

“The (revival of the) technical working group will not only help fast-track the passage of the President’s priority bills, but will assist in spotting red flags for possible presidential veto,” said the Leyte solon.

The president of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats and the Philippine Constitution Association, Romualdez said at least P3 million is being spent for the approval of any bill until third and final reading.

“We do not want to put to waste all the money, time and effort which are normally spent in passing bills,” the United States-educated Visayan lawmaker stressed.

The public will continue to hope that concerned government officials will hasten the approval of pieces of legislation that aim to address the problems confronting the Filipino people.

Thus, we commend the House leadership for its commitment to help the Duterte administration, which ends on June 30, 2022, in meeting the mushrooming needs of the burgeoning population.