MANILA, Philippines — The Senate will approve 17 bills scheduled for third and final reading, Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri said Saturday.
According to Zubiri, four of these bills are part of the priority legislation of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC), and 12 are local bills for the improvement of state universities and colleges.
“On Monday we will in fact adopt four measures that are part of our LEDAC commitments. And so far, we are on track to meet our deadlines as we hope to approve all twenty priority LEDAC measures pending in the Senate by the end of this year,” Zubiri said.
The Senate President also said that the Senate had approved five bills on second reading last week, including:
- Senate Bill (SB) No. 2001 (new Philippine Passport Law)
- SB 1846 (Internet Transactions Act of 2023)
- SB 2224 (Ease of Paying Taxes Act)
- SB 2028 (An Act Recognizing the Octogenarians, Nonagenarians, and Centenarians)
- SB 2233 (Public-Private Partnership Act)
The bills excluding SB 2028 are LEDAC priority bills. According to Zubiri, they will appear for the final lecture on Monday.
Two bills will also be signed by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., namely: the Trabaho Para sa Bayan Act and the Local Government Unit Income Classification Act.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Salt Industry Development Act has passed the Senate on final reading and is ready for bicameral committee action.
On the other hand, the Anti-Agricultural Economic Sabotage Law and the Amendments to the Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers are undergoing amendments before being passed on second reading.
The former proposal has been designated as urgent and has a good chance of being adopted in the third reading.
Meanwhile, the Real Property Valuation and Assessment Reform Act, the Waste-to-Energy Bill, the Mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and the National Service Training Program, as well as the National Disease Prevention Management Authority/Center for Disease Prevention Bill are all in interpellation . and are awaiting second reading approval.
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