The House Committee on Revision of Laws approved on Tuesday, February 16, a draft bill that would institutionalize a Congress-attached “Code Commission of the Philippines” to compile and organize all of the existing laws in the Philippines for swift consultation and review.
The unnumbered bill, to be called the proposed “2021 Code Commission Act of the Philippines” consolidated the House Bill Nos. 2764 and 1550 filed by Cagayan de Oro representative and House Deputy Speaker Rufus Rodriguez, Ako Bicol Party List Representatives Alfredo Garbin Jr. and Elizaldy Co, respectively.
“While our country has sufficient laws, they are not fully implemented, and are often violated because many of our fellowmen are not aware of the existence of certain laws,” Rodriguez said in his bill.
The committee-approved bill said the commission shall be in charge of codifying or “compiling, arranging, rationalizing, and publishing the whole mass of existing laws in the Philippines that will enable everyone to consult the law, easily, conveniently and accurately at all times”.
It shall be an attached office of the Congress of the Philippines, the draft bill read.
The proposed commission shall be led by a chairperson, who must be a retired justice of the Supreme Court and must be appointed by the President of the Philippines.
He will be joined by eight commissioners: the Secretary of Justice, chairperson of the Senate justice committee; chairperson of the House revision of laws committee; the chancellor of the Philippine Judicial Academy, administrator of the UP Law Center; president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines; chairperson of the Legal education Board; and president of the Philippine Association of Law Schools.
The draft bill proposes a P150 million budget for the organization and operation of the proposed commission. This includes a P6 million appropriation for the UP Law Center which would serve as its secretariat.