MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri said Thursday that the Senate has passed 18 bills in the past three days, five of which were proposed by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. have been certified as priority bills.
“Since the beginning of the 19th Congress, we, together with our colleagues in the House of Representatives, have been proud to have passed high-impact legislation that addresses both the most urgent needs of our people and the development of the long term we need. strive for the nation,” Zubiri said.
On Monday, 17 measures were passed, including Senate Bill No. 2224, the Ease of Paying Taxes Act; Supervisory Board no. 2233, Public-Private Partnership Act; and SB No. 2001, the New Philippine Passport Act.
SB No. 1846, which will establish an electronic commerce bureau to protect buyers and sellers in online transactions, and SB No. 2028, which aims to provide cash incentives of P10,000, P20,000 and P100,000 to people aged 80, 90 and 100 respectively were also passed on Monday, along with twelve other local bills on state colleges and universities in different parts of the country.
SB 2221, the proposed Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers, was also approved on Wednesday after President Marcos declared it urgent.
Meanwhile, SB No. 2218, which will establish a Tatak Pinoy Council that will promote Philippine products, was passed on the second reading and is expected to be approved on the third reading once the session resumes.
The Senate will take a break on September 30 and resume plenary sessions on November 6. Zubiri added that committee work and hearings will still continue during the break.
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