The House of Representatives is ready for a full schedule on Monday, beginning with the opening of the second common session within the morning, then its internet hosting of the second State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Duterte within the afternoon.
House Secretary-General and Task Force SONA 2017 chairman Atty. Cesar Strait Pareja had earlier assured the House is totally ready for Monday’s actions and occasions.
Matters on inner and exterior safety and security, protocol preparations, reception, media protection, parking and different obligatory engineering wants have been addressed to protected, safe and orderly holding of the SONA and the opening of the second common session this yr.
For the morning session, Pareja mentioned: “There is nothing much different from the ordinary opening of a regular session.”
The morning session will open at 10 a.m. which shall be adopted by the singing of the national anthem then by the invocation. Thereafter, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is anticipated to ship his opening remarks to welcome again the House members and state the accomplishments of the chamber in the course of the first common session and its legislative priorities for the second common session.
Deputy-Secretary General for Legislative Operations Atty. Artemio Adasa, Jr. mentioned whereas the session opening is open to the general public, everybody shall be required to go away the plenary corridor as soon as the session is adjourned as a result of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) will examine the realm for safety functions in preparation for the SONA within the afternoon.
Adasa mentioned one other spotlight of the morning session is the oath-taking of Francisco Datol, Jr. and Milagros Aquino Magsaysay of the Coalition of Associations of Senior Citizens, as new members of the House of Representatives.
“The Speaker will probably officiate the oath-taking,” mentioned Adasa.
The House members, identical to within the earlier opening of periods in previous Congresses, are additionally anticipated to undertake a number of resolutions in the course of the morning session, amongst them informing President Rodrigo Duterte and the Senate quorum being current, the House has entered upon the train of its capabilities.
It can also be anticipated to undertake a concurrent decision making a Joint Committee of the Senate and the House to inform the President that Congress, now convened for its Second Regular Session of the 17th Congress, is able to hear his SONA in a joint session of each homes.
The session will then be adjourned till four p.m. for the President’s SONA.
Pareja mentioned the SONA is all the time vital as a result of it bares the thrusts of the President, what he desires to be performed throughout his time period and even in the course of the yr. “And the SONA also is where the House or maybe even the Senate takes its cue on what will be the legislative priorities our lawmakers can enact in order to support the policies and plans of the President,” mentioned Pareja.
Pareja mentioned he hopes to listen to from the President that peace and order have improved within the nation throughout his administration. “I just wish to hear that that there is more peace and order in the country, mabawasan na yung gulo, if not totally eradicate it,” mentioned Pareja.
Adasa mentioned the SONA is anticipated to be slightly longer than final yr contemplating that the President has so many points that he has to incorporate in his speech.
“Definitely, it will be focused on more or less three topics: prosperity for all. He will focus more on the economic successes during his term; law and order, which will delve on crime reduction and the success of the anti-illegal drug campaign; and peace, with reference to the ongoing negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the submission of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) for his consideration, which is the end product of his negotiations by the peace panel,” mentioned Adasa.
As to the legislative priorities that could be outlined on Monday, Adasa mentioned these could embrace the precedence payments beforehand listed by the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) for the Second Regular Session of the 17th Congress.
Some of the payments within the LEDAC checklist had been already been accredited by the House. The LEDA checklist consists of: Amendments to Republic Act 8178 or “Agricultural Tariffication Act of 1996”; Amendments to the Anti-Cybercrime Act; Amendments to the National Irrigation Administration Charter; Amendments to the Public Services Act; Budget Reform Act; Ease of Doing Business Act/Fast Business Permit Act; Amendments to Government Procurement Reform Act; National Land Use Act; National Transport Act; Rightsizing of the National Government; Unified National Identification System Act; and Utilization of the Coconut Levy Fund. (Philippine News Agency)