SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
14 March 2017 01:03:55 PM
The chairpersons of three committees in the House of Representatives vowed to continue working hard when they resume session in May, as they cited the numerous accomplishments they have made so far in the 17th Congress. The assurance was made by Rep. Evelina Escudero (1st District, Sorsogon), chairperson of the committee on basic education and culture, Rep. Randolph Ting (3rd District, Cagayan), chairman of the committee on labor and employment, and Rep. Celso Lobregat (1st District, Zamboanga City), chairman of the committee on public works and highways, during the bi-monthly press briefing organized by the Office of the Speaker. Escudero said as of March 2017, her committee has received a total of 502 referrals consisting of 263 national bills, 222 local bills, and 11 resolutions and six privilege speeches. The committee has deliberated on 52 bills and approved 28 bills.“I would like to assure the public that the committee on basic education and culture is striving to work as fast and as efficient as possible in deliberating on pending measures so that these proposals could soon see the light of day and ultimately contribute to the improvement of the country's basic educational system and also of our young learners,” said Escudero. Lobregat said so far, 429 measures have been referred to the committee on public works and highways by way of 412 HBs, 14 resolutions and three privilege speeches. Out of the 412, some 48 are bills of national significance, six of which are Public-Private Partnership (PPP) bills and seven are Motor Vehicle User's Charge (MVUC) bills. ''We would like to assure you that the committee on public works and highways and the entire House of Representatives would be an efficient enabler and will keep pace with the President's intensified drive during this vaunted “Golden Age of Infrastructure,” said Lobregat. Ting said the committee on labor and employment received no less than 174 bills, the bulk of which concern "endo", or more particularly, the practice of limiting employment to less than six months, or terminating workers before the end of the sixth month of employment, for the purpose of preventing their regularization and defeating their right to security of tenure. “Rest assured, your committee is genuinely working for the welfare of the Filipino worker, within the context of our balanced aspirations as a developing and progressive nation,” said Ting.