By Genalyn Kabiling
The Duterte administration has been “more productive” compared to the past government in terms of the passage of vitals laws in the past two years, Malacañang said Wednesday.
President Duterte has signed 133 laws, including several priority measures since he assumed office in 2016 based on the list prepared by the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO). The figure was higher compared to the 28 laws signed by his predecessor in the first two years in office.
“Clearly, Duterte administration has been more productive in terms of policy-making when compared to past administration,” Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said.
Of the 133 measures signed by the President since 2016, there were 39 national laws and 94 local laws.
Among the national laws recently signed by the President were a ban on all forms of hazing, establishment of a national feeding program, and a mental health policy law.
The local laws, on the other hand, were mostly measures on establishing, dividing or converting schools; naming or renaming of roads; and dividing or creating barangays.
In a recent Palace press briefing, Roque said of the 28 administration’s priority measures, eight bills have been signed into law in the past year.
The President signed Republic Act No. 10963 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act, that allows lower personal income tax to offset higher taxes on fuel, cars, and sweetened beverages.
RA 10931 promotes universal access to quality tertiary education by providing free tuition in state universities and colleges.
Also inked was RA 11036 that establishes a national mental health policy for enhancing delivery of integrated mental health services, as well as promoting and protecting rights of persons utilizing psychiatric, neurologic and psychosocial health services.
The government has also established a national feeding program under RA 11037. The new law mandates the distribution of free lunch to undernourished children in public daycare, kindergarten, and elementary schools to combat hunger and undernutrition among Filipino children.
Duterte also signed RA 10969 providing free irrigation service for local farmers who own eight hectares of land or less.
Other priority measures are RA 11032 on promoting ease of doing business and efficient delivery of government services, RA 10968 or an act institutionalizing the Philippine Qualifications Framework and RA 11035 or act institutionalizing the Balik Scientist program.