“Senate President Zubiri anticipates passage of 20 priority bills in second regular session”

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Zubiri’s Optimism for the Passage of Priority Bills

Zubiri’s optimism for the passage of these 20 priority bills is rooted in the Senate’s dedication to fulfilling its legislative commitments. The Senate President emphasized that each measure has undergone careful consideration and thorough deliberation to ensure that the resulting laws are of the highest quality. This commitment to excellence is evident in the progress made thus far, with four of the 20 measures already nearing enactment into law.

Philippine Ecosystem and Natural Capital Accounting System (PENCAS) Act

One notable measure that is set to be signed into law is the proposed Philippine Ecosystem and Natural Capital Accounting System (PENCAS) Act. This legislation will provide a framework for accounting the country’s natural capital and its economic impact. By recognizing the value of our natural resources, the PENCAS Act aims to promote sustainable development and ensure the preservation of our environment for future generations.

Ratification of Bicameral Reports

In addition to the imminent enactment of the PENCAS Act, Zubiri also highlighted the ratification of the bicameral reports on two bills: the proposed Philippine Maritime Zones Act and the measure establishing the Negros Island Region. These bills have now entered the enrollment process, bringing them one step closer to becoming law. Furthermore, the Senate has ratified the bicameral report on the Real Property Valuation and Assessment Reform Act, demonstrating their commitment to advancing legislation that addresses the needs of the Filipino people.

Remaining Bills in Final Stages

Looking ahead, Zubiri expressed confidence in the Senate’s ability to finish deliberations on the remaining bills in their final stages before the adjournment of the second regular session on May 24. This includes measures such as the proposed Anti-Agricultural Economic Sabotage Act, the Self-Reliant Defense Posture Act, and the proposed Academic Recovery and Accessible Learning Program Act, which have reached various stages of approval and are awaiting further action.

Pending Approval on Second Reading

Additionally, several priority measures are currently pending approval on second reading, covering a wide range of areas such as combating financial accounts scamming, regulating value-added tax on digital services/transactions, amending government procurement reform, promoting the blue economy, implementing waste-to-energy initiatives, and strengthening the Mandatory Reserve Officers Training Corps. These bills reflect the Senate’s commitment to addressing pressing issues and fostering sustainable development across different sectors of society.

Priority Measures Pending Committee Approval

Furthermore, Zubiri highlighted three priority measures that are currently pending committee approval. These include the E-Government/E-Governance Act, the Department of Water Resources Act, and the Konektadong Pinoy Act. Once approved, these bills will contribute to enhancing government services, managing water resources effectively, and promoting connectivity and digital inclusion throughout the country.

Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Maximize Opportunities for Reinvigorating the Economy Bill

Lastly, Zubiri mentioned the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Maximize Opportunities for Reinvigorating the Economy Bill, which has passed the House of Representatives and has been transmitted to the Senate for proper action. This bill aims to provide economic relief and incentives for businesses as the country recovers from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senate’s Commitment to Legislative Goals

As the Senate resumes sessions, Zubiri assured that the Senate’s focus will be on these 20 priority measures before adjourning for the third regular session. With the President’s State of the Nation Address and the national budget season approaching, the Senate is determined to fulfill its legislative commitments to the President and the Filipino people. Through their dedication and hard work, Zubiri remains confident that all legislative goals will be achieved before the year concludes.

Source: The Manila Times

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