During this COVID-19 pandemic, consistent, strong, and harmonious working relationship between the Executive and Legislative are crucial to ensure the expeditious passage of priority measures that would benefit the general public, lawmakers stressed Saturday.
Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and Anakalusugan partylist Rep. Michael “Mike” Defensor agreed with Senate Minority Leader Sen. Franklin Drilon that the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) should have more meetings to ensure the smooth passage of important measures.
“I fully agree with Sen. Drilon. LEDAC meetings will assure mutual consultation and coordination between the branches of government ensuring faster legislative action by the Legislature and proper implementation of the laws by the Executive,” Rodriguez, chairman of the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments, said.
“It will lay down the priority legislation proposed by the Executive and its evaluation and acceptance by the Legislature,” he added.
Defensor, chairman of the House Committee on Public Accounts, said frequent LEDAC meetings should be initiated to move forward President Duterte’s pro-people social and economic reforms.
“A consistent and strong coordination between the Legislative and Executive branches of government is always encouraged. Most especially now that we have to respond to the problems of revitalizing our economy and strengthening the health sector,” he said.
Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers agreed with colleagues, saying that through monthly LEDAC meetings, “we can ensure smooth passage of the President’s legislative agenda and immediately settle disputes and harmonize versions of the bill.”
Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez recalled that during his stint as former leader of the House during the previous 17th Congress from 2016 to 2018, congressional leaders often met with the Executive to discuss all legislative priorities, including that of the President.
“That was exactly what we were doing when I was the Speaker,” he noted.
According to him, he is “hoping for the best” under the leadership of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco.