Cayetano hails House staff for support

Alan Peter Cayetano

THE success of the House of Representatives can be attributed not just to the members but also to the staff who worked hard and in unity.

This is according to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano who thanked the House staff, Secretariat and Congressional Staff for their support to the leadership.

Among the accomplishments of the House are the approval of the important measures like the General Appropriations Act and the high trust and approval ratings of Speaker Cayetano.

“We found the strength to come together to support our leader, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, and to set aside personal ambitions and political affiliations to be here today....A house divided will fall so we have to find a way to come together,“ the Speaker said in his message to the House Secretariat and congressional workforce during the Monday flag raising ceremony.

“So yung ratings na natamo natin ay hindi dahil sa isang tao, hindi rin po ito dahil sa tatlong daang Kongresista, dahil po ito sa we are a united House of the People,” Cayetano stressed.

Cayetano expressed his gratitude to the House Secretariat officials and staff, and congressional staff, for their cooperation and contribution to the passage of landmark pieces of legislation during the early months under his leadership.

Among those measures that were expeditiously approved by the chamber include the 2020 General Appropriations Bill, revenue bills prioritized by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in his 2019 State of the Nation Address, the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (CITIRA) and the Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Taxation Act (PIFITA).

Amid issues the country is facing, the Speaker maintained that the legislators zeroed in on measures that would truly address the needs of the Filipino people and further help improve the economy of the Philippines.

“Hindi makolekta ang pera dahil wala ang revenue bills. So yes, it might not be the kind of bills sa education, health, sa OFWs that we expected na magpabango sa first few months of Congress, pero inuna natin yung kailangan,” he said.

Cayetano then shared his birthday request to the House Secretariat and Congressional staff: “Iba-iba ang ating kultura, iba-iba ang ating religion, but that doesn’t mean we cannot have a shared vision and a shared mission. And in this shared vision and mission, I ask you today as a birthday gift, please do not leave any stone unturned,” he said.