Revival of vital bills monitoring group eyed

Martin Romualdez

HOUSE Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez will recommend to Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri the reactivation of a joint congressional technical working group that will monitor the progress of legislative action on priority and certified measures.

Romualdez said the House leadership under Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano will further work in ensuring a tighter coordination with the Palace and the Senate to avoid even a single presidential veto of bills to be approved by the 18th Congress.

“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,” Romualdez, president of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) and Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa), explained.

“We aim to work closely also with the PLLO (Presidential Legislative Liaison Office) so that they can alert us on the provisions of the bills that may need thorough discussion with Cabinet members concerned,” Romualdez, a lawyer, explained.

Romualdez said the Congressional Planning and Budget Office (CPBO) estimates that at least P3 million are being spent for the approval of any bill until third reading.

The amount covers the salary of congressmen and House personnel involved in the process as well as government resources used in the proceedings.