PNoy's Priority Bills

MalacaƱang on Monday revealed a list of priority bills approved by President Benigno Aquino III which will be presented before the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) during their meeting on February 28, 2011.

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa during a media interview said the priority bills are envisioned to steer the country to human development, infrastructure development, economic development, sovereignty and security, and good governance—all of which are consistent with the 16-point agenda of the present administration.

Secretary Ochoa said 12 of the 17 proposed measures had already been drafted, while the remaining proposed measures were in the final stages of drafting.

The following is the list of President Aquino’s priority bills:

I. Human Development (4 Bills)

a. An Act creating the Department of Housing and Urban Development (DHUD), defining the mandates, powers and functions, providing funds therefore, and for other purposes

b. An Act rationalizing the night work prohibition on women workers, thereby amending Articles 130 and 131 of Presidential Decree # 442 as amended, otherwise known as the Labor Code of the Philippines

c. An Act enhancing the curriculum and increasing the number of years for basic education, appropriating funds therefore and for other purposes

d. An Act providing a definite targeting strategy in identifying the poor, amending republic act no. 7875, otherwise known as The National Health Insurance Act of 1995 as amended, and for other purposes

II. Infrastructure Development (1 Bill)

An Act further amending certain sections of republic act no. 6957, as amended by Republic Act No. 7718, Entitled “An Act authorizing the financing, construction, operation and maintenance of infrastructure projects by the private sector, and for other purposes,” appropriating Funds for the said purpose, and for other purposes

III. Economic Development (1 Bill)

An Act rationalizing the grant and administration of fiscal incentives for the promotion of investments and growth, and for other purposes

IV. Sovereignty, Security and Rule of Law (4 Bills)

a. An Act to establish the archipelagic sea lanes in the philippine archipelagic waters, prescribing the rights and obligations of foreign ships and aircrafts exercising the right of archipelagic sea lanes passage through the established archipelagic sea lanes and providing for the associated protective measures therein

b. An Act to define the maritime zones of the Republic of the Philippines

c. An Act to strengthen the modernization of the Armed Forces of The Philippines, extending the implementation of the modernization program of the AFP, instituting necessary reforms in the AFP, amending for the purpose certain provisions of Republic Act No. 7898, otherwise known as the AFP modernization act and for other purposes

d. An Act resetting the date of the regular elections for elective officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Synchronizing the ARMM Elections with the synchronized national and local elections 2013, amending for the purpose Republic Act No. 9333, Entitled “An Act Affixing the Date for Regular Elections for Elective Officials of the ARMM Pursuant to RA 9054” Entitled “An Act to Strengthen and Expand the Organic Act for the ARMM, amending for the purpose RA 6734, Entitled An Act Providing for an Organic Act for the ARMM, as Amended,” and for other purposes

V. Good Governance (2 Bills)

a. An Act instituting reforms in land administration

b. An Act to promote financial viability and fiscal discipline in Government-Owned or Controlled Corporations and to strengthen the role of the state in its governance and management to make them more responsive to the needs of public interest and for other purposes.

The salient points of the aforementioned bills can be read on this page.