MANILA, Philippines- President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will convene today, Monday, October 10. the first Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) under his administration.
The 20-member council, led by President Marcos, is expected to discuss the status of the legislative agenda of the executive department that was presented to the Chief Executive in his first State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) last July.
The council also includes the Vice-President, seven members of the Cabinet appointed by the President, three members of the Senate appointed by the Senate President, three members of the Lower House of Congress appointed by the Speaker of the House, a representative from local government units (LGUs), one representative from the youth sector and one representative from the private sector.
Priority measures such as the National Government Rightsizing Program (NGRP) are expected to be discussed; Budget Modernization Bill; Government Financial Institutions Unified Initiatives to Distressed Enterprises for Economic Recovery (GUIDE) and Unified System of Separation, Retirement and Pension.
On my part, it is expected that the E-Governance Act will be discussed in the issue of economic bills; National Land Use Act; Tax Package 3: Valuation Reform Bill; Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Taxation Act (PIFITA) and Internet Transaction Act or E-Commerce Law.
In the field of national security, LEDAC will also discuss the National Defense Act; Mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and National Service Training Program (NSTP); establishment of the Medical Reserve Corps, National Disease Prevention Management Authority, Virology Institute of the Philippines, and Department of Water Resources.
The agenda also includes the “enactment of an enabling law for the natural gas industry; amendments to the Electric Power Industry Reform Act or EPIRA (Republic Act No. 9136) and amendments to the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) Law.”
Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri and House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez are scheduled to present the priority legislative measures of the Senate and Congress.
Included in the legislature’s agenda is a possible amendment to the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Act (RA No. 11525). Chris Joseph
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