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No veto of

priority bills
By Keith Galayag and Loila Rodriguez

Leaders from'the Le$islative and


Executive departments have agreed to meet
every month to ensure "tighter coordinationn
and avoid any possibility of a presidehtial
veto, especially on President Rodrigo
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No veto of priority bills Fund,the Act promoting positive Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte and when they face Senate hearings includes cutting the number of
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This would smoothen the process and avoid and non-violent discipline, Davao CiW Rep. Isidro Ungab. on the proposed 2020 national documentary requirements.
uWhenyou reduce the number
the unfortunate experiences of having vetoed protecting children from physical, Senate President Vicente
nTiton 'Sotto, Senate MajoritY
budget.
Angara, who is also the chair of documents, the speed bY
measures,' especially those declared as priority humiliating or degrading acts as
of the Senate Committee on which an application moJes
a form of punishment and the Act Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri,
measures by the Executive further strengthening the Office Senators Ralph Recto and SonnY Finance, said that the anti-red increases," Angara said. I

of the Solicitor General. Angara also aftended the meeting. tape performance wi[[ now be a
part ofthe budget review and the
Frun page I bill; popularly known as the "We were informed by Palace
We are eyeing zero veto for
nEnd
Endo (end of contract) bill,' officials that the Prdsident was key performance indicators that
not against the approval of Hopeftrlly, we cen avoid arY an agency promises to meet in all bills to be approved by
Duterte's priority measures, which he earlier declared as a
the Senate and the House.
House Mqiority Leader and Leyte priority measure. most of the bills. The Executive possibility of a Presidential exchange for the appropriations
Rep. Martin Romualdez said
uWe
are eyeihg zero veto for department has issues only with veto by workingl closely it will get.
with Cabinet members and nGovernment agencies would The senator noted President
Tuesday. all bills to be approved by the certain provisions which Congxess
could have accommodated Senate officials. be asked to specify the stePs Duterte's fourth State of the
The agreement was made Senate and the House. Hopefully,
Nation Address, where the Chiefi
during the small group meeting we can avoid .any possibitity of with proper representation and taken to implement the Ease
Romualdei said some of the of Doing Business and Efficient Executive said that clearantes
of the Legislative-Executive a Presidential veto by working coordination,' Romualddz said.
ufitis is the reason why we are initial priority measures that the Government Service DeliverY and permits should be out in atj
Development Advisory Council closely with Cabinet members
small group agreed to approve Act of 2018 during finance least three days and revealed thatl
(LEDAC) with the House and Senate officials,' Romualdez no-w adopting best practices from
aWorld Bank's 2019 ease of doing
leaders on Monday, according to said. previous Congresses as well as immediately include the 2020 committee hearings on the
innovative mechanisms to avoid national budget, creation of the proposed national budget for business report, showed the]
Romualdez. During, the l?th Congress,
Department of overseas FiliPino 2020," Angara said. Phitippines slipped 1l notchest
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decided to hotd a regular Mr. Duterte exerbised his miscommunication between the
from its place at 113 in 2018 to
monthly meeting, it is jrist a small veto prerogative on nine bills palace and Congress,n he added. workers, amending the Public He added tlat certain ;
The meeting *ar presided by. Service Act, higher excise tax ' agencies w9u!d be asked to 124in 2019. l

group. firis would smoothen the approved by both the Senate and
Salvadoi rates on alcohol, institutionalizing present a "before and after" But he stressed that the
process and avoid the unfortunate the House. ' Executive Secretary
a Department of Finance and
experiences of having vetoed Among these bills are the 2019 Medialdea and attended by House Malasakit Centers and creating timetable on the processing of
speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, Tax Reform for Attracting Better a document, from request to Trade and Industry said the
measures, especially those General Appropriations Act, the government uhas been hard at
declared as priority measures by Act further strengthening the Bomqaldez, House Minority and High-Quality Opportunities.- release and reminded agencies
the Executive,n Romualdez said. Philippine Coconut Authority, Leader Bienvenido uBenny; AngaraonTuesdayalsourged that anti-red tape law does not work in implementing initiatives

Just recently, the president the Act creating the Coconut Abante, Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, government agencies to detail only require the ushortenlng to increase the countrY's
of the processing time but competitiveness.'
vetoed the Secur$ of Tenure Farmers and Industry Trust -
Deputy Speaker and Camarines their anti-red tape performance i

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