By Ellson Quismorio
The House Committee on Civil Service and Professional Regulation is set to get busy this 2020.
Its chairman, Iligan City lone district Rep. Frederick Siao, laid out on Monday the target activities of the panel once the House of Representatives resumes work next month.
“Among the top priorities for the first half of 2020 are the bills on the professions, contractuals, civil service eligibility and qualifications, necessary leaves and service credits, and civil servants’ efficiency and integrity,” said Siao.
“Our working target in the House Committee on Civil Service is to complete work on at least one-third of the pending 142 measures in the committee by end of this current session in June,” he said.
Among the bills that the panel is set to tackle is House Bill (HB) 5728, which seeks to grant automatic civil service professional eligibility and career paths to athletes, their coaches, trainers, and management team of those who achieved podium finish or set new competition records in international sports competitions.
Siao, himself, filed the bill following the euphoria of the Philippines’ successful hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) where the country took home the overall championship.
The Mindanao congressman said he will also keep a watchful eye on the implementation of the Ease of Doing Business/Anti-Red Tape Law.
“We must have in 2020 some major cities and towns online and fully-functional as part of the one-stop-shop system and database. Initial implementation must be rolled out well and fast,” he said.
Siao noted that the next one-third of pending bills before his committee would be the goal for July to December 2020, while the last chunk would be tackled in 2021.
“We will have several technical working groups working (TWG) in parallel so we can get more work done in the limited time available to us. Each TWG will be conducting the necessary consultations and hearings in January and February so by March, before the summer recess we can have a batch of bills approved at committee and readied for plenary,” the Iligan City solon said.
“Most of our civil servants and professionals are working in the provinces and local government units. These bills have direct impact on Filipino families out there,” Siao noted.
The 300-strong House is set to resume sessions on January 20.