Why should you know what is in the Philippine Senate’s Agenda?
by FFE PH News Staff
After their month-long break, Senate president Franklin Drilon announced on Sunday that the bills on transparency and economic developments will be made a priority in the upper house of Congress starting Monday.
Drilon said that among these are the decades-old Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, the Sandiganbayan law amendments and the Go Negosyo Act of 2013.
Drilon said the Senate will give priority to bills ‘which would enable significant steps in curbing corruption in Philippine bureaucracy. We will continue the intensive discussions we had before we went on a break with the FOI bill, which is now in the advanced stages of legislation.’
Senator Grace Poe who chairs the Senate Committee on Public Information and Mass Media said she is looking at passing the FOI bill in the upper house within the first quarter of 2014. She said she cannot see any obstacles for the passage of the bill in the Senate.
The FOI bill aims to allow all Filipinos to access government information upon request. The plenary debates for the FOI bill will begin when the session resumes on 27 January.
Other bills that are considered top priority by the Senate include:
- Senate Bill 470 which aims to speed up corruption cases heard at the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan
- Senate Bill 2043 which will improve training and certification of seafarers to prevent a possible ban by the EU
- Senate Bill 2046 or the Go Negosyo Act of 2013 that promotes micro, small and medium businesses
- Senate Bill 819 which pushes for the creation of a national agency in charge of natural and man-made disasters in the country
- Senate Bill 480 and Senate Joint Resolution 2 that gives subsistence allowances to army and police personnel