House plenary approves seven national bills despite time constraint

EVEN as Congress is engrossed in plenary scrutiny of the proposed P2.006-trillion General Appropriations Act, lawmakers squeezed crucial minutes to approve seven vital national bills.

The House plenary terminated debates on the budget of the Department of Agriculture last Thursday before it suspended consideration of the national outlay under HB 6455 but would resume sessions Friday morning.

The House of Representatives last Tuesday approved on second reading the following measures: 1) HB 6545 – National Land Use and Management Act of the Philippines; 2) HB 6548 – Agriculture and fisheries
Mechanization (AF-MECH) Law; 3) HB 6547 – Establishing at least One (1) Special Education (SPED) Center for each School Division and at least three (3) SPED centers in big School Divisions for children with
special needs (CSN), providing guidelines therefor, and for other purposes;

4) HB 6546 – Providing for the modernization of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), providing funds therefor and for other purposes; 5) HB 6544
– Rationalizing and strengthening the Probation System;

6) HB 6538 – Regulating the education and licensure of physicians and the practice orf medicine in the Philippines, repealing for the purpose R.A. 2382, as amended, and for other purposes; and HB 6542 –
Amending R.A. 9189, entitled “An Act Providing for a System of Overseas Absentee Voting by Qualified Citizens of the Philippines Abroad, appropriating funds therefor, and for other purposes.”

Aside from the Department of Agriculture, plenary is expected to tackle the proposed budgets of, among others, the Department of Foreign Affairs, including attached agencies, the Department of Labor
and employment and the Department of Justice and its attached agencies.

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