House to hit ground running in 2020

December 23, 2019
Martin Romualdez

HOUSE Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez on Monday reaffirmed the lower chamber’s commitment to continue working on the marching orders of President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte to make a comfortable life for Filipinos by passing legislative measures that would propel the country’s economic takeoff.

Romualdez, who chairs the powerful House Committee on Rules, said the House of Representatives will hit the ground running when Congress resumes session on January 20, 2020.

“Our focus right now is to work hard in legislation and pass all the measures needed to improve the living condition of our people. That is the marching order from the President,” Romualdez said after Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano got a very impressive 80 percent approval rating this December from 64 percent last September and 76 percent trust rating compared to his 62 percent in the third quarter Pulse Asia survey.

“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,” said Romualdez.

Next year, Romualez said the House of Representatives would pass vital measures that the House of Representatives had already approved on second reading.

“These include House Bill (HB) No. 5673 which authorizes the Department of Health to set and approve the bed capacity and service capability of all DOH-retained hospitals in all parts of the country,” said Romualdez.

“We will also vote for second reading approval the proposed law creating the Department of Filipinos Overseas and Foreign Employment to keep an eye on the safety and protection of overseas Filipinos, including seafarers and household service workers and Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR) to create a primary agency responsible for leading the national effort before, during and after disasters and other bills,” Romualdez added.

Before Congress went on a month-long Christmas break on December 21, Romualdez said the House processed a total of 900 measures or an average of 28 measures per day during the 32 session days.

From July 22 to December 18, 2019, Romualdez said the House received a total of 6,562 measures and 186 committee reports.

Of these, Romualdez said 5,889 are bills and 673 resolutions.