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REPORT

A CONGRESS OF GREAT REFORM

12th

Congress

Second Regular Session

July 22, 2002 to June 6, 2003 1

CONTENTS

Reforms--Key to Nation's Survival by Honorable Jose de Venecia Speaker of the House of Representatives NEW LAWS · Fiscal Reform · Small Industries · National Budget · Filipinos Abroad · Social Services · Health · Peace and Order · Unity, Human Rights and International Comity · Regulation of Professions OTHER MEASURES PASSED · Financial Reform · Local Industries · Housing and Land Reform · Transportation and Communication · Environmental Protection · Education · Health Care · Labor · Judicial Reform · Dual Citizenship · Constitutional Revision INSTITUTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS · The Legislative Committees · Inter-Parliamentary Relations TABLES · Statistical Summary of Bills and Resolutions Acted Upon by the House · Status of Measures Considered/Passed by the House vis­a­vis the LEDAC Agenda · Status of Measures Considered/Passed by the House vis-à-vis the Legislative Agenda in the Speaker's Opening Speech · Statistical Summary of Committee Activities LIST OF BILLS PASSED BY THE HOUSE (2nd Regular Session, 12thCongress) · Enacted into Law · Pending Action by the Senate · Pending in Conference Committee · Pending Action by the President

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REFORMS--KEY TO NATION'S SURVIVAL

by Honorable Jose de Venecia Speaker of the House of Representatives

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e adjourn the Second Regular Session tonight aware that we accomplished much of what we set out to do at the beginning of this Congress.

Last year, we declared that politics is not about winning elections but it is about making governance work for our people. The record shows that we have lived up to what we set out to do. We have initiated and approved meaningful legislation that fleshed out our reform agenda to get this nation moving again.

Responsive legislation

The Special Purpose Asset Vehicle--which we approved 14 months ago--has become a law. And it now puts the private sector in the lead to solve the paralysis in the commercial banking system and free it from the non-performing loans and foreclosed real estate mortgages amounting to almost 600 billion pesos. We approved its companion economic reform bill, the Securitization Act, at about the same time last year. It is sad to note that this bill, together with scores of other Houseapproved bills, are still awaiting Senate action. The Government Procurement Reform Act--another advocacy of this House--has also become a law promoting transparency in transactions in all government branches, departments and agencies. And because this Act initiates a shift to electronic procurement, it promotes electronic bidding that effectively eliminates the opportunities for corruption in government. The Magna Carta for Home and Micro-Enterprises, also a major House bill and now a law, is designed to spur small entrepreneurship and create thousands of rural entrepreneurs with access to credit capitalization, technical training support and marketing assistance. In the government's war on poverty, we are giving small entrepreneurs non-tax incentives to start up businesses and husband them to growth to benefit the majority of our people. We are taking care of the urban poor as well. Just last month the National Government Center and Housing and Land Utilization Act was signed into law awarding lots to some 55,000 urban poor families and squatters now occupying land reserved for the National Government Center along Commonwealth Avenue. This law underscores our commitment to provide home for every Filipino family and give the Filipino poor significant assistance to rise from poverty. We approved significant amendments to our original Anti-Money Laundering Act that completed the Philippines' compliance with the requirements of the Financial Action Task Force. This removed the country from the FATF watch-list and assured the unhampered inflow of dollar remittances from seven million overseas Filipinos amounting to seven billion dollars a year. Above all the amended AMLA put the Philippines in concert with nations of the world to combat transnational crimes and prevent the inflow of resources--including those from drug and gambling cartels--that could finance activities of terrorists and extremists.

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We have enfranchised about five million qualified Filipinos living in foreign countries and allow them to vote in national elections for the first time in the political history of our republic. By approving the Absentee Voting Act--which I originally filed in 1995 as one of the bill's principal authors in Congress--we have given back to overseas Filipino voters the right of suffrage so that they can vote in the next year's national election to choose the country's leaders.

Working for peace

In fighting terrorism, we took the lead in Southeast Asia by proposing the tri-nation antiterrorist alliance of the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia that strengthened Southeast Asia in our own theater of operation against extremists. This alliance has now been joined by Thailand, Cambodia and Singapore, and we are winning the fight against extremism every day. But winning the war against terror also entails not just military operation and intelligence sharing but also dialogue and cooperation. To this end, we proposed, during President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's successful state visit to the United States last month, the holding of a "Dialogue of Civilizations" and "Interfaith Solidarity" to be initiated by the US. We believe that such a dialogue--which President George W. Bush described as a "great idea" ­would enable us to outflank extremists and achieve multi-cultural understanding which is the only basis for the long-term security of the global community. We also proposed that the United States and the Philippines take the lead in cosponsoring a proposal for the United Nations to create an "Interreligious Council" as a regular UN organ. This Council would no doubt strengthen the UN's capacity to work for increased inter-religious tolerance and cooperation and "save future generations from the scourge of war."

Taking the lead

There are other bills of major importance, already approved by the House and awaiting Senate action. We have approved the Farm Collateral Act that allows thousands of land reform beneficiaries to use their farmland as collateral to raise farm productivity and increase rural incomes. We have approved the National Railways Modernization Act that will build the first modern railway infrastructure for the country in 35 years. The proposed North Line runs from Manila to San Fernando, La Union passing through Bulacan, Pampanga, Clark, Tarlac and Pangasinan. And the South Line runs from Manila to Calamba--to be built by a South Korean consortium--and from Calamba all the way to the mountains of Sorsogon in Bicol, to be built by a consortium from China. This Act, which is stranded in the Senate, also envisions two new lines in the Visayas, and a major rail network in the heartland of Mindanao. Just recently, the Thai government signed a memorandum of understanding with the Philippine National Railways for the first phase of the 200-kilometer Mindanao railway that will run from Iligan to Cagayan de Oro City. We have approved the One Billion Trees Act that will reforest about one million hectares of the bald mountains and denuded public forest lands of Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao. If completed, this will put a stop to destructive flooding, save our top soil and preserve the ecological balance. We have approved the Alternative Dispute Resolution system that will unclog our overburdened courts of close to one million unresolved cases, most of them minor disputes. The ADR system will speed up the slow pace of justice to restore our people's confidence in our justice system. We have approved the bill reforming the pay scale of the judiciary to enable the government to recruit and retain the brightest members of the Philippine bar. And we have adopted about 500 bills of local application. Seen from the viewpoint of national leaders, these bills seem unimportant and lack any meaningful purpose. But for those of us who have a specific constituency to go home to, they represent the collective aspirations and hopes of those we represent in this Congress. Collectively these local bills mean the rapid advancement of rural development, the strengthening of local autonomy and greater decentralization. When we speak of the Filipino people, they are not just our people in urban centers and in our bustling cities. They are millions of the ordinary people in our rural areas, in the hinterlands, in the highlands, and in the many inaccessible corners of our archipelago.

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My dear colleagues, lamentably these local bills are stranded in the Senate. It is our wish that they receive the same unflagging attention we have treated them in this House. Finally, my dear colleagues, we have moved the country on the verge of a historic constitutional revision.

reform Fundamental reform

If the Senate concurs--and we hope it shares the same stubborn faith we have shown in the House--we will return on July 28 to tackle the most demanding task of this Congress that has far-reaching implications for our nation. We hope to convene this House and the Senate as a Constituent Assembly for a limited revision of the 1987 Constitution. All through these months of intense debate on Charter amendments, we have been consistent and categorical in our declared intention. It is to shift to a unicameral parliamentary form of government with a fixed transition period to a Federal System. We seek to change our country's political structure that, tragically, has glorified personality politics over programs and performance, and in which media-driven image wins elections more than substance. My dear colleagues, we are not alone in seeking this change. All local government units across the archipelago--which are in direct touch with the great masses of our people--have unconditionally joined us in this crusade. The countryside is growing increasingly impatient. When our neighbors in Asia have significantly moved forward, and when our people have lagged behind in the world's fastestgrowing region, then it is time to change an inefficient and ineffective political structure. This national cry for change can no longer be ignored. We cannot hold back the inevitable. We cannot postpone what is necessary and vital for our nation's survival. The historic vote on Concurrent Resolution No. 16 taken last March 19 proves that we, in this House, are the true leaders of our people. Our vision stretches beyond the next election--and our own re-election campaigns. I take great pride in the approval of Resolution 16. Reform, far-reaching reform, is what we set out to accomplish at the beginning of this Congress. Now, by approving proposed Charter amendments, we are poised to tackle the most vital reform of all. And it is the major reform that will allow us to grapple with the greatest crisis of the Filipino nation. I end on a reassuring note. That while we discussed Charter reform, we did not sleep on our job. We did not sacrifice the other vital reform bills that were high on our legislative agenda and that required speedy approval. Always we have moved forward, guided by our vision and high-purpose for our people. On this note of high hope we declare the Second Regular session closed.

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--Statement

delivered at the Closing of the Second Regular Session, Twelfth Congress

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LEGISLATIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

PERFORMANCE-ORIENTED

The House of Representatives of the Republic of the Philippines has proven to be an important pillar in lawmaking history, as our country begins to effectively confront a greatly transformed global environment while working to reverse more than a decade of mediocre economic performance. In its first two years, legislative work was marked by strengthening government institutions, enhancing macroeconomic fundamentals, lowering inflation, stabilizing the currency, and instituting major structural reforms that will make the country a premiere player in the global village. At present, the task has turned to building on the progress that has been achieved, while enacting brave and greater reform. The Second Regular Session of the Twelfth Congress saw the enactment of 26 laws of national application and 17 of local application, with 13 measures awaiting Presidential action, out of the 1,100 bills and resolutions acted upon by the House. Of the 661 bills passed, 603 remain pending in the Senate while two are at the Conference Committee level.

NEW LAWS

The SPAV should bring in new money to find new uses for foreclosed assets and non-performing loans, rehabilitate failed businesses and factories, and increase lending.

Fiscal reform

Among the legislative measures enacted into law during the Second Regular Session, the Special Purpose Vehicle Act and the Government Procurement Reform Act are two important elements of the set of national policy actions designed to widen the opportunities for business in the country, and to shore up good governance. The Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) Act intends to develop and maintain a sound financial sector for the country in order to address the non-performing asset problems of the financial sector. It encourages private sector to invest in non-performing assets and help in the rehabilitation of distressed businesses with the end in view of contributing to economic growth. The SPAV should bring in new money to find new uses for foreclosed assets and non-performing loans, rehabilitate failed businesses and factories, and increase lending. Along with the effects of the crippling Asian crisis, local banks and lending institutions have been crumbling under the weight of more than 300 billion pesos of bad loans and more than 200 billion pesos of repossessed assets. The SPAV law institutes a program to deal with non-performing loans to stimulate real estate and housing industries, without government having to spend a single centavo of public funds. The Government Procurement Reform Act promotes the ideals of good governance in all the government's branches, departments, agencies, subdivisions, and instrumentalities, including government-owned and/or controlled corporations and local government units. The enactment of the procurement reform program and the shift to electronic procurement promotes transparency and reduces corruption in the procurement process. RA 9184 will help government procurement officers stick to the straight and narrow path. It will prevent graft and corruption, improve operational efficiency, foster transparency in bidding procedures, and encourage competition. And as an added plus, the money that can be saved by making procurement more effective, efficient and less prone to corrupt practices will reduce the budget deficit.

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The Twelfth Congress recognizes that national policy should be focused not only on macroeconomic growth, but must also be complemented with microeconomic programs which increase productivity and build up domestic demand.

Small industries

With the passage of the Magna Carta for Micro-Enterprises, economic activity will be dispersed, resulting in equitable distribution of income. The law envisions the transformation of home and micro-enterprises, businesses that are the most efficient users of capital, into a vibrant sector and a potent force in the war against poverty. Home and Micro-Enterprises, enterprises having assets of less than 3 million pesos, are given incentives such as access to credit capitalization, technical training support and marketing assistance, and exemption from paying the minimum wage law. Through these non-tax incentives, economic prosperity will be brought where it can be felt by the majority of the people.

National budget

After lengthy deliberations, the General Appropriations Act of 2003 was ratified by the House of Representatives. The law provides for P804.2 billion to support the operations of the national government, adopting the theme "Investing in a Strong Republic" through the restoration of macroeconomic stability and rekindling investor confidence. One important component of the National Budget is the allocation of 500-million-pesos to the Mindanao peace and order fund, which will help the peace campaign in Mindanao and the fight against terrorism. The General Appropriations Act of 2003 contains a legislative expenditure program that identifies funding priorities. Despite the financial limitations of the government, the House of Representatives enacted a flexible budget that can respond to any eventuality while keeping an eye on the deficit.

Filipinos abroad

For the first time after so many attempts, the overseas voting bill passed both Houses of Congress. The Absentee Voting and Registration Act provides a system of honest and orderly overseas absentee voting that upholds the secrecy and sanctity of the ballot. It ensures equal opportunity to all qualified citizens of the Philippines abroad in the exercise of their fundamental right of suffrage. Through this act of empowerment, 8 million Philippine workers deployed in over 140 countries will now have a greater stake in governance and the direction of our country. Probably one of the most challenging measures Congress has had to pass, the Amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering Act meets the requirements of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and avoids a severe backlash to our economy by securing the unhampered transmittal of billions of dollars a year by overseas Filipino workers. As the concert of nations have begun the convergence of will, resources and laws to combat domestic and transnational criminality, the Twelfth Congress was able to strike a delicate balance between local, psychological, cultural and political biases on one hand, and the need to adapt and comply with the rules of the international financial world on the other. The passage of the amendments to the anti-money laundering law inspires greater confidence, trustworthiness and

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reliability in our country's financial system, translating to increased economic activity, investments and employment. Meanwhile, the Amendments to the Act Instituting a Balikbayan Program grants certain tax exemption privileges and benefits to Filipinos abroad and overseas Filipino workers upon their return to the country. It will enable Duty Free Philippines to raise the much needed revenues that will accrue to the Department of Tourism for tourism development and promotions.

Social services

Another bill enacted into law during the Second Regular Session is the National Government Center Housing and Land Utilization Act of 2003, classified as a local legislative measure yet of extremely important national significance. Some 55,000 urban poor families living at the National Government Center (NGC) along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City, will finally be legal owners of the lots they have been occupying. The area covers at least 184 hectares on the west side and 238 hectares on the east side of Commonwealth Avenue. One of the largest areas to be allocated to housing and situated in a progressive urban district, this particular measure underscores the commitment of the legislators of the Twelfth Congress to provide a home for every Filipino family, and give the poor every means possible to rise from poverty. Effectively responding to public clamor for the expeditious and efficient administrative titling of lands, The New Free Patent Law was enacted. In addition, the new law extends the period for filing applications for free patent for another ten years, filling the gap created by the expiration of the Free Patent Law.

Health

Meanwhile, a landmark anti-smoking measure in the form of An Act Regulating The Packaging, Use, Sale, Distribution And Advertisements Of Tobacco Products was passed into law. The law embodies a balanced policy whereby the use, sale and advertisements of tobacco products are regulated in order to promote a healthful environment and protect citizens from the hazards of tobacco smoke, while ensuring that the interests of tobacco farmers, growers, workers and stakeholders are not adversely compromised.

Peace and order

Another law enacted during the Second Regular Session was the AntiTrafficking in Persons Act of 2003, an affirmative action measure which recognizes that women and children are entitled to special and stronger state protection against trafficking, independent of the present provisions in criminal law. The Act Prescribing Authorized Key Positions and Appropriate Ranks in the Armed Forces of the Philippines institutionalizes and strengthens the chain of command and staff structure of the AFP, widening opportunities for promotion of younger but deserving officers, resulting in improved morale of the AFP officers Corps.

Unity, human rights and international comity

In a move to enhance unity among the Filipino people, the priority bill Declaring the Celebration of Eidul Fitri, the End of Ramadhan, a National Holiday was enacted on November 2002. Likewise signed into law were the Declaration of December 4 to 10 as National Human Rights Consciousness Week, an act designed to make people

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aware of their basic human rights and promote a human rights culture aimed at sustainable development, and the Declaration of June 30 as PhilippineSpanish Friendship Day.

Regulation of professions

The Second Regular Session saw a number of measures strengthening the practice of certain professions approved. Two of these enacted into law are the Philippine Nursing Act and the Amendments to the Philippine Geodetic Engineering Act. The measures currently awaiting Senate approval are the Philippine Medical Act, Philippine Architecture Act, Electronics Engineering Law, Guidance and Counseling Act, Philippine Librarianship Act, Chemical Engineering Law, and the Philippine Psychology Act.

OTHER MEASURES PASSED

Along with the new laws are a number of important measures the House has approved on third reading that are now awaiting Senate action.

Financial reform

The law (Securitization Act) will convey government assets to an asset pool, and will offer investment participation to a wider range of investors.

Foremost of these is The Securitization Act, which embodies government policy to promote securitization for developing the capital market and creating a favorable environment for a wide range of asset-backed securities. The law will convey government assets to an asset pool, and will offer investment participation to a wider range of investors. An important companion to the SPAV Act, it gives Special Purpose Vehicles the authority to sell and transfer assets and asset-backed securities.

Local industries

Two bills on the development of distinct industries were approved on third reading. The Footwear, Leather and Tannery Development Act proposes to restore the Philippine leather, tannery and footwear industries to its former glory by providing incentives to the small and medium enterprises in these industries to accelerate growth, and mandating the Cottage Industry Technology Center to assist the industries in their training needs for product development and capital acquisition. On the other hand, the Downstream Natural Gas Industry Development Act of 2003 proposes to provide a framework for the development of a downstream natural gas industry and its transition from an emerging to a mature industry status and competitive natural gas market, and define the responsibilities of various government agencies and private entities in furtherance of this national goal.

Housing and land reform

Providing the homeless houses of their own has been one of the strongest advocacies of this present Congress. Another legislative measure true to this thrust is the bill creating the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which is pending in the Senate. The bill establishes a new department which shall be the primary national government entity responsible for the management of urban development and shelter. A bill making land reform serve our farmers better by allowing them to use Farmland as Loan Collateral is likewise awaiting Senate action. The law will allow CARP farmer-beneficiaries to use awarded land as collateral in availing short-term production and/or other types of loans from commercial banks. Through the Department of Agrarian Reform, the Land Bank of the Philippines will be authorized to redistribute the land, with the original beneficiary still enjoying his right to redemption within the reglamentary period.

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Transportation and communication

As vital arteries of commerce, new and better infrastructure projects are fundamental to any economy. With this in mind, the Twelfth Congress approved the Philippine National Railways Modernization Act, which will create a more reliable and modern railway system. When enacted into law, the results will be dramatic: the rebuilding of the countryside, dispersed economic activity, and the reduction of traffic and urban congestion through the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the existing PNR Network. Likewise, the Domestic Shipping Development Act hopes to hasten the development of the domestic shipping industry and the shipbuilding and repair industry through deregulation, giving access to affordable financing, providing much needed incentives, and ensuring adherence to strict safety and international standards. Meanwhile, in order to provide better access to telephone and telecommunications services, the House approved the bill entitled An Act Strengthening the Mandate of the Interconnection Between and Among Public Telecommunications Entities, which requires the mandatory interconnection between and among the public telecommunications entities in the country.

Environmental protection

The commitment to preserving the environment and restoring ecological balance continues with the enactment of the Chainsaw Act, which regulates the ownership, possession, sale, importation, and use of chain saws, and provides stiff penal sanctions for offenders. Another bill geared towards conserving the environment is the Billion Trees Act, which is awaiting the approval of the Senate. The law provides at least one million hectares of open and denuded public forest lands, private lands, and idle portions of alienable and disposable lands for the planting of forest and fruit trees. Likewise, the Sustainable Forest Management Act proposes to institutionalize the Community-Based Forest Management Strategy (CBFMS) by enjoining the estimated 20 million forest-based communities composed of migrants and indigenous people, individually or through their organizations, to become partners of the State in managing, protecting, and conserving the country's forestlands. Also approved on third reading were the Philippine Clean Water Act, which seeks to prevent and control water pollution in surface water and groundwater, and the Green Parks Act which provides homeowner associations with incentives for the development and maintenance of forested areas or green parks in their subdivisions.

Education

Reaffirming the role of education in nation-building, the House approved on third reading three measures which improve teacher's welfare and promote professionalism in the teaching profession. The Act Regionalizing the Department of Education Payroll System aims to speed up the distribution of salaries and other monetary benefits of teachers and non-teaching personnel in the elementary and secondary public schools. Meanwhile, the Amendments to the Teachers Professionalization Act of 1994 seeks the integration of the teaching profession into one national organization recognized by the Professional Regulation Commission and the Professional Regulatory Board for Professional Teachers. On the other hand, the Special Teaching Permit for Teachers in High Risk Areas Act grants special teaching permits to non-licensed teachers who have rendered at least two years of service in high risk areas.

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Health Care

The Health Care Delivery Modernization Act recognizes the urgent need to pass a curative and comprehensive legislative measure that will effectively address health issues and concerns in order to rationalize the health care delivery system in the country.

Labor

Likewise approved during the Second Regular Session were several measures recognizing the role of labor as a primary social economic force. An Act Maintaining the Present Provision on Probationary Employment and Increasing Government's Protection provides added protection to probationary employees by considering an employee allowed to work after a probationary period as a regular employee. The Productivity and Performance Incentives and Gainsharing Act institutionalizes the management philosophy that recognizes human resources as the key factor to success in any organizational endeavor, and allows labor and management to decide on the terms and conditions of the performance incentives program at the enterprise level. Other bills approved on third reading and currently pending in the Senate are the Act Strengthening the Worker's Constitutional Right to Self-Organization, the Act Granting Maternity Leave Benefits to Women Employees, Whether Married or Not and Regardless of Employment Status, and the Act Requiring Employers to Inform Their Employees of their Rights, Benefits and Privileges.

Judicial Reform

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Act creates alternative dispute resolution mechanisms that will promote the speedy disposition of cases, particularly civil cases and minor disputes, which often clog the country's courts.

The Twelfth Congress has likewise turned its attention to improving the justice system and assisting our friends in the judiciary, without violating the policy of separation of powers. Two bills approved by the House and awaiting Senate action are the Alternative Dispute Resolution Act and a bill Reforming the Pay Scale of the Judiciary. The Alternative Dispute Resolution Act creates alternative dispute resolution mechanisms that will promote the speedy disposition of cases, particularly civil cases and minor disputes, which often clog the country's courts. On the other hand, the bill Reforming the Pay Scale of the Judiciary adopts a rationalized compensation structure for justice, judge, and lawyer positions in the Judiciary, which will enable the government to recruit and retain the best and the brightest members of the Philippine Bar.

Dual Citizenship

Another measure pending in the Senate is a bill designed to create billions of pesos in real estate and housing investments. This bill is the Dual Citizenship Law, which allows dual citizenship in order to strengthen unity among Filipinos here and abroad, and to pave the way for their return and entice them to invest in the Philippines. The law will enable them to enjoy full civil and political rights, such as the right of suffrage, and even the right to be elected to public office under certain conditions.

Constitutional Revision

With all the reforms the Twelfth Congress has undertaken, one major reform which the House of Representatives continues to tirelessly work for--the biggest reform of all--is the overhaul of the country's political structure. The House of Representatives has spearheaded the broad alliance clamoring for the reform of the Charter, receiving the support of civic and business organizations, local

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government units from the Provincial to the Barangay Level, and the leaders of both Houses of Congress. A multi-partisan, multi-sectoral effort, the initiative was prompted by the passage of House Concurrent Resolution 16 calling for the Convening of a Constituent Assembly to Introduce Amendments to the Constitution.

INSTITUTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS The Legislative Committees

During the Second Regular Session, the various House Committees acted upon a total of 2,284 measures, constituting approximately 66% of all measures acted upon by the Twelfth Congress since it convened in July 2001. The Committees filed a total of 953 Committee Reports on various proposals during the Second Regular Session, as compared to 637 in the First Regular Session. These included 109 Reports on bills of national application, 439 on bills of local application, 381 on resolutions, 18 on franchise bills, 3 on privilege speeches, and 3 on letter-complaints. A total of 820 committee meetings were held in-house or within Metro Manila, 58 out-of-town public hearings, 9 ocular inspections, and 19 bicameral conferences. In addition, 491 technical working group meetings were also conducted.

Inter-parliamentary relations

The House played host to a number of dignitaries from different countries. On September 2002, the House welcomed the People's Republic of China delegation headed by His Excellency Li Peng, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. The visit was highlighted by the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation for stronger bilateral cooperation. In November 2002, a delegation from the Kingdom of Cambodia headed by His Royal Highness Prince Ssamdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh visited the House, and a Memorandum of Understanding was executed on different regional concerns, such as cooperation on the establishment of an ASEAN anti-poverty bank. Subsequently, a delegation from the Republic of Italy, headed by the Hon. Pier Ferdinando Casini, President of the Chamber of Deputies, was welcomed by Speaker Jose De Venecia on January 2003. The two leaders signed a cooperation protocol concerning issues of common interest, among which were economic development, the fight against organized crime, and environment protection. Also in January 2003, a delegation from the Russian Federation headed by His Excellency Gennady N. Seleznev, Chairman of the State Duma of the

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Federal Assembly, arrived for the signing of a Joint Statement on a number of mutual concerns such as reducing political, religious and ethnic tension in Asia, combining efforts to eliminate international terrorism, and bringing about economic and political integration in Southeast Asia. H.E. Seleznev was also given the Congressional Medal of Achievement by Speaker De Venecia. The House of Representatives participated actively in several parliamentary conferences abroad, among which were the 23rd ASEAN InterParliamentary Organization Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam; the 171st Session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva, Switzerland; the 57th United Nation's General Assembly in New York, U.S.A; the Global Conference of Parliamentarians Against Corruption in Canada; the 11th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and; the World-Trade Organization (WTO)--Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

FORGING AHEAD

Taking pride in its achievements yet recognizing that there is still great work to be done, the House pursues its vision of a strong nation and a revitalized economy--an economy that serves the needs of the people, creates even more jobs, raises income levels, and pushes poverty to the margins. The Twelfth Congress of the House of Representatives enters its final year with sleeves rolled up, ready to buckle down to work to achieve new landmarks in legislation, now more than ever determined to fulfill its destiny as a Congress of great and far-reaching reform.

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STATISTICAL SUMMARY OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS ACTED UPON BY THE HOUSE (2nd Regular Session, 12th Congress)

I. BILLS

A. BILLS PASSED

1. ENACTED INTO LAW National Bills Local Bills 2. PENDING SENATE ACTION National Bills Local Bills 3. PENDING IN CONFERENCE COMMITTEE National Bills Local Bills 4. PENDING PRESIDENTIAL ACTION National Bills Local Bills 4 9 2 0 13 92 511 2 26 17 603 43

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B. BILLS THAT REACHED APPROVAL ON SECOND READING

National Bills Local Bills 21 37

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II. RESOLUTIONS

A. ADOPTED 381

TOTAL

1,100

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STATUS OF MEASURES CONSIDERED/PASSED BY THE HOUSE VIS-A-VIS THE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA SET BY THE LEGISLATIVE-EXECUTIVE DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COUNCIL (LEDAC) FOR THE 2nd Regular Session, 12th Congress

AGENDA/TITLE Amending the Dangerous Drugs Act of 1972

MEASURES FILED HB 4433

SALIENT FEATURES Exempts drug-related offenses from the coverage of Probation Law and reduces the minimum volume of illegal drugs caught in possession to warrant the imposition of maximum penalty. Unifies all existing agencies tasked to combat illegal drugs under a single enforcement body to undertake apprehension, prosecution and rehabilitation To enhance the general welfare, commitment to service and professionalism, the rate base pay of officers and enlisted personnel of the AFP will be adjusted accordingly. The DND establishes a system which governs the selection, hiring, appointment, transfer, promotion or dismissal of all personnel and officers in the AFP. Formulates a continuing program of education for all the officers and enlisted personnel and grants scholarship to their children, hospital care, social services and other non-cash benefits. Children of prisoners of war or those missing in action and of those who were killed in action or otherwise died as a result of such service maybe awarded scholarship grants Grants protection to new plant varieties that are deemed new, distinct, uniform and stable, whether breeding is done through conventional means, generic engineering or biotechnology To fill the gap created by the expiration on December 31, 2000 of RA 6940, otherwise known as the Free Patent Law, and in order to effectively respond to public clamor for an expeditious administrative titling of lands that will legitimize their claim, determine actual occupancy, promote rural productivity, prevent social unrest and alleviate poverty Declares the first day of Shawal, the tenth month of the Muslim calendar Eidul Fitri as national holiday in the entire Philippines. This aims to boost cultural and national unity by recognizing the glorious Moslem heritage through the observance of Eidul Fitri To encourage CBBEs formation and growth in the countryside by granting non-tax incentives such as access to credit capitalization, technical training support and marketing assistance Institutes a program to deal with bank nonperforming loans to stimulate real estate and housing industries without government having to spend a centavo of public funds Incorporates all legal provisions governing procurement infrastructure works, goods/supplies and services) into one streamlined law The distribution of the number of officers in the active force in each grade is based on the total officer strength authorized by the AFP. The Table of Organization of units of the active force will be adjusted in accordance with their respective missions and officer requirements and be gradually decreased pursuant to the rules and regulations prescribed by the Secretary of the DND. Provides a mechanism and a system of absentee voting to qualified Filipino voters who are residing or working abroad Reduces the threshold amount for covered transaction to P500,000.00 ($10,000.00) from a high of P4 Million ($80,000.00); includes suspicious transactions in the reportorial requirement of banks regardless of the amount; liberal investigative power of the regulator to access bank deposits and accounts even without a court order; authority of BSP to examine accounts to check bank's compliance with the AMLA; deletion of the provision on retroactive application for the law because it is already implied in the Constitution

Imposes penalties to persons who engage in the trafficking of women and minors and accord full protection to our women and children of their civil, political, economic and cultural rights by putting in place the legal framework to stop and prevent the various acts and other forms of trafficking in persons Conveys government assets to a pool instead of individual sale; offers investment participation to a wider range of investors; creates Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) as the transferee of assets and the issue of securities; the removal of GRT; rationalizes the regulatory system and the removal of one year prescriptive period to redeem (although foreclosure will be considered final settlement of obligation)

STATUS RA 9165 (07 Jun 02)

Increasing the Base Pay Rate of the Officers and Personnel of the AFP

HB 4579

RA 9166 (07 Jun 02)

Philippine Plant Variety Protection Act

HB 4518

RA 9168 (07 Jun 02)

Free Patent Law

HB 4628

RA 9176 (14 Nov 02)

Declaring Eidul Fitri as National Holiday

HB 4373

RA 9177 (14 Nov 02)

Magna Carta for Home and Micro-Business Enterprises

HB 4871

RA 9178 (14 Nov 02)

Special Purpose Asset Vehicle Act

HB 4403

RA 9182 (13 Dec 02)

Government Procurement Reform Act

HB 4809

RA 9184 (20 Jan 03)

Prescribing the Authorized Key Positions in the Armed Forces of the Philippines

HB 3539

RA 9188 (10 Feb 03)

Absentee Voting and Registration

HB 3570

RA 9189 (14 Feb 03)

Amending the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001

HB 5655

RA 9194 (07 Mar 03)

Anti-Trafficking in Minors and Women

HB 4432

RA 9208 (26 May 03)

Securitization Act

HB 4453

Approved on 3rd Reading and Pending with Senate

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Farmland as Loan Collateral

HB 341, 2665

Allows CARP farmer-beneficiaries to use awarded land as collateral in availing short-term production and/or other types of loans from commercial banks. The LBP shall be authorized to redistribute the land through the DAR provided that the original beneficiary shall enjoy the right to redeem said land within a specific grace period. Gives the TRANSCO a nationwide franchise to operate the transmission system and the grid and revert back to the National Power Corp. the franchise transferred to TRANSCO under Sec. 8 of RA 9136; grants the TRANSCO buyer or concessionaire the privilege to exercise the power of eminent domain, subject to the requirements of the constitution and existing laws Removes the bias against smaller cars with seating capacity of less than ten (10) and the distortions in terms of engine displacements and type of fuel used; projected to generate an incremental revenue of P1.4 billion for the government. Expands the coverage of a certificate of deposit subject to documentary stamp tax, thereby projecting an incremental revenue generation of P7.86 billion for the government and at the same time to remove the key impediment to increase volume of financial instruments traded in the secondary market Establishes a Department of Housing and Urban Development (DHUD) which shall be the primary national government entity responsible for the management of urban development and shelter

Approved on 3rd Reading and Pending with Senate

National Transmission Corporation (TRANSCO) Franchise

HB 4882

Approved on 3rd Reading and Pending with Senate

Rationalization of Excise Tax on Automobiles

HB 5719

Approved on 3rd Reading and Pending with Senate

Rationalization of Documentary Stamp Tax

HB 4480

Approved on 3rd Reading and Pending with Senate

Creation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development

HB 4517

Approved on 3rd Reading and Pending with Senate

Philippine National Railways Modernization Act

HB 5051

Spurs the founding of new townships and ease traffic and urban congestion through the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the existing PNR Network and the construction of new lines.

Approved on 3rd Reading and Pending with Senate

Billion Trees Act

HB 5812

Provides at least one million hectares of open and denuded public forest lands, private lands, and idle portions of alienable and disposable lands will be planted with forest and fruit tree species for the first five years Reorganizes the Videogram Regulatory Board into the Optical Media Board that will effectively regulate the mastering, manufacture of and replication in optical media and be able to install the mechanism to curtail optical media piracy in the Philippines Fully implements a nationwide automated election system. Enables the Commission on Elections to acquire the latest and most efficient technology suitable to the local setting. Defines and penalizes terrorism acts and acts preparatory thereto; provides for a legal mechanism through which our law enforcers can better investigate and respond to acts of terrorism; provides for the creation of AntiTerrorism Council to coordinate, supervise and monitor the counter-terrorism efforts of the government Adopts a rationalized compensation structure for the justice, judge and lawyer positions in the Judiciary that will enable the government to recruit and retain the best and the brightest in the Bar Seeks to remedy the apparent unjust treatment suffered by our expatriates and overseas workers and their families who are considered second class citizens in their homeland by extending them and enabling them to enjoy full civil and political rights such as the right of suffrage or to vote for public office under certain conditions The bill sets aside $200 million (approximately P10 billion) from any future judgement in Civil Case 41 pending before the Sandiganbayan, which is the case involving some of the Swiss bank deposits of the Marcoses uncovered by the PCGG and now held in escrow amounting to $650 Million Allows the Ombudsman to hire private prosecutors Introduces the Personal Equity Retirement Account (PERA) which is a savings plan to achieve a comfortable and financially-secure retirement through a sound investment and planning scheme. Through PERA, one is encouraged to save because certain contributions to the savings are deductible from the taxable income, and earnings of said savings are sheltered from taxation as they grow and taxed only upon their withrawal from PERA

Approved on 3rd Reading and Pending with Senate

Optical Media Act

HB 5225

Approved on 3rd Reading and Pending with Senate

Electoral Reforms (Automated Election System) Act

HB 5851

Approved on 2nd Reading

Anti-Terrorism Act

HB 5923

On 2nd Reading

Rationalizing the Pay Scale of the Judiciary

HB 5988

On 2nd Reading

Dual Citizenship Law

HB 4720

On 2nd Reading

Compensation to Human Rights Victims

HB 4535

On 2nd Reading

Amendments to the Charter of the Ombudsman

HB 4687

On 2nd Reading

Personal Equity and Retirement Account (PERA)

HB 6001

For 2nd Reading

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Amendments to the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC)

HB 255, 1365, 3851

Provides permanent and continuing coverage of all insured deposits, specifically restore its authority to review bank performance Restructures the excise on distilled spirits by having in place a single structure of tax rates regardless of the raw materials used. Indexes the tax brackets and tax rates using cumulative inflation of 37.3% from 1997 to 2001 to restore the real value of the unit taxes applied to sin products to their January 1, 1997 levels. Indexes tax brackets and tax rates biannually thereafter by the amount of cumulative inflation for the two preceeding years to ensure that the excise tax rates track the changes in price. Immediate reclassification of alcohol and tobacco products based on their current net retail price and reclassification of said products biannually thereafter. Clarifies the rights of the debtor and creditors to initiate formal debt relief proceedings. A financially distressed enterprise may petition the court if it cannot pay its debts as they are becoming due, regardless if it is insolvent. Converts BIR into a public organization with corporate-like features that increase managerial flexibility but strengthens performance requirements and accountabilities; Institutes measures by providing performance-based system and insulating CEO and the Board from political influence; Institutes training and education programs to enable the employees to earn skills and develop culture attitude within the agency Allows state funding of political parties to level the playing field among policy and political players, addresses the need to reduce the dysfunctional incentives that encourage graft and corruption, reduces the disproportionate influence of wealthy contributors, and reduces the cost of elections on the part of the candidates Introduces safeguards, such as quarantine and other programs together with appropriate penalties in case of violations Establishes operational telecenters in all municipalities and public payphones in cluster barangays. These telecenters or e-centers will offer a range of service to local communities including communication facilities like phone, fax, voice messaging and e-mail and business services from photocopying, word processing and services

Approved at the Committee level

Indexation of Sin Taxes

HB 4765, 5057

For further Committee deliberation

Corporate Recovery Act

HB 2007, 3038

For further Committtee deliberation

National Authority for Revenue Administration Act (NARA)

HB 5054

Pending in the Committee on Appropriation

Campaign Finance Reform Act

HB 4395

Pending in the Committtee on Appropriation

Quarantine Program to Prevent SARS

HB 5937

Under study by the TWG

Convergence Telecommunication Service Law

HB 3940, 4356

Pending in the Committee

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Prepared by the Congressional Planning and Budget Department, House of Representatives, Quezon City, June 2003

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STATUS OF MEASURES CONSIDERED/PASSED BY THE HOUSE VIS-A-VIS THE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA IN SPEAKER'S OPENING SPEECH FOR THE 2nd Regular Session, 12th Congress

TITLE/OBJECTIVE Magna Carta for Home and Micro-Business Enterprises : To encourage BBEs formation and growth in the countryside by granting non-tax incentives such as access to credit capitalization, technical training support and marketing assistance Special Purpose Asset Vehicle Act (SPAV): To institute a program to deal with bank nonperforming loans to stimulate real estate and housing industries without government having to spend a centavo of public funds Government Procurement Reform Program: To reduce the time to complete the bidding process, widen competition among qualified bidders and provide for a level playing field among bidders. Absentee Voting : To allow qualified Filipino voters who are residing or working abroad to exercise their right to suffrage Amendment to the Anti-Money Laundering Act: To comply with the standards and requirements of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and to remove the country from the FATF list of NonCooperative Countries and Territories (NCCIs), otherwise sanctions will be imposed by the monetary authorities of FATF member countries

MEASURES FILED HB 4871

SALIENT FEATURES Provides a host of fiscal incentives to HMEs including exemptions from all taxes and fees, exemption from the coverage of the minimum wage law and establishment of a special credit program

STATUS RA 9178 (13 Nov 02 )

HB 4403

Facilitates the creation of special purpose asset vehicle (SPAV) established to acquire nonperforming assets, including loan assets and real estate and other properties of the banking sector

RA 9182 (13 Dec 02)

HB 4809

Incorporates all legal provisions governing procurement (infrastructure works, goods/supplies and services) into one streamline law.

RA 9184 (20 Jan 03)

HB 3570

Provides for a system of absentee voting for qualified Filipinos abroad and provides mechanism therefor

RA 9189 (14 Feb 03)

HB 5168

Reduces the threshold amount for covered transactions to P500,000.00 ($10,000.00) from a high of P4 Million ($80,000.00); includes suspicious transactions in the reportorial requirement of banks regardless of the amount; liberal investigative power of the regulator to access bank deposits and accounts even without a court order; authorizes the BSP to examine accounts to check bank's compliance with the AMLA; deletes the provision on retroactive application of the law because it is already implied in the Constitution Conveys government assets to a pool instead of individual sale; offers investment participation to a wider range of investors; creates special purpose vehicles (SPVs) as the trasferee of assets and the issue of securities; the removal of GRT; rationalizes the regulatory system and the removal of the one year prescriptive period to redeem (although foreclosure will be considered final settlement of obligation) Establishes the Philippine Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution - a self-sustaining organization,with large private sector participation, to which civil cases and minor criminal offenses will be referred prior to intake by the courts and the fiscal's offices Provides that at least one million hectares of open and denuded public forest lands, private lands, and idle portions of alienable and disposable lands will be planted with forest and fruit tree species for the first five years. Promotes property rights over forested areas and provides several incentives for groups and private persons who are into tree planting Services performed in the exercise of profession or calling subject to professional tax and professional services performed by registered general profession partnerships; services rendered by banks, non-banks, financial intermediaries, finance companies and other financial intermediaries not performing quasibanking functions; services rendered by stocks, real setate, commercial, customs and immigration broker will be subject to VAT up to January 1, 2005 Adopts a system using machines that are capable of producing two election returns separating the local from the national results to avoid delays and confusion in the canvass of votes for national position; enables the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to acquire the latest and most efficient technology suitable to the local setting. Seeks to remedy the apparent unjust treatment suffered by our expatriate and overseas workers and their families who are considered second class citizens in their homeland by extending them and enabling them to enjoy full civil and political rights such as the right of suffrage or to be voted for public office under certain conditions Exempts from the universal charge electricity output produced by a self-generated facility owned and operated by end-users solely for its own consumption or internal use. The sale of generated power at all stages up to the endusers by any entity shall be VAT free. Exempts the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp (PSALM) form the coverage of hte government guarantee loan ceilings. Provides tax exemption privilege to PSALM and TRANSCO and the privatization of NPC assets mandated by the EPIRA. Grants the PSALM the general power of a corporation as the NPC also enjoys these powers under its charter

RA 9194 (07 March 03)

Securitization Act : To create the necessary infrastructure to establish a market environment for a wide range of asset-backed securities, i.e. allowing present valuation of future stream of revenue accruing from the operation of a certain project so that the money may be used for immediate purpose

HB 4453

Approved on 3rd Reading and Pending with Senate

Alternative Dispute Resolution

HB 5002

Approved on 3rd Reading and Pending with Senate

Billion Trees Act: To involve all sectors of civil society in tree planting and consolidate efforts to put in place a sustainable forest development and management program

HB 5812

Approved on 3rd Reading and Pending with Senate

Re-evaluation of VAT To extend the effectivity of the imposition of VAT on certain services on January 1, 2005

HB 5231

Approved on 2nd Reading

Modernization of Elections

HB 5851

Approved on 2nd Reading

Dual Citizenship Act To allow dual citizenship in order to strengthen unity among Filipinos here and abroad and to pave the way for their return and entice them to invest in the Philippines

HB 2480

On 2nd Reading

Amendments to the Electric Power Industry Reform Act: To address the public emergency manifested by the need to provide electric consumers immediate relief from the high cost of power purchase adjustment and a reduction in the rising cost of electricity while ensuring a more reliable and efficient electricity system

HB 4847

On 2nd Reading

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Anti-Terrorism Act To improve the substantive provisions of our penal laws to directly address terrorism including the movement of suspected foreign terrorists and their various resources into the country to protect the Filipino

HB 5923

Defines and penalizes terrorism acts preparatory thereto; provides for a legal mechanism through which our law enforcers can better investigate and respond to acts of terrorism; provides for the creation of an Anti-Terrorism Council to coordinate, supervise and monitor the counterterrorism efforts of the government Converts BIR into a public organization with corporate-like features that increase managerial flexibility but strengthen performance requirements and accountabilities; Creates an Internal Revenue Board composed of government officials as well as non-government representatives who are recognized specialist in their respective profession and appoint a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who shall be under performance-based contract with the Revenue Board and will be vested with sufficient powers and assigned specific functions to ensure efficient collection performance. Introduces the Personal Equity and Retirement Account (PERA) which is a savings plan to achieve a comfortable and financially-secure retirement through a sound investment and planning scheme. One is encouraged to save because certain contributions to the savings are deductible from the taxable income, and earnings of said savings are sheltered from taxation as they grow and taxed only upon their withdrawal from PERA Provides that 5% of personal income can be directly aggregated and managed by the Bureau of Treasury to support the various political parties in the country. Requires that a political party have a workable platform and program before it can avail of the subsidy. Created an Electoral Oversight Committee, composed of members of civil society, to monitor, verify and determine the amount of funds received and spent by political parties, including massive under-reporting of other income (i.e. private contributions). Defines stiffer penalties for violations of the electoral spending limits Restructures the excise on distilled spirits by having in place a single structure of tax rates regardless of the raw materials used. Indexes the tax brackets and tax rates using cumulative inflation of 37.3% from 1997 to 2001 to restore the real value of the unit taxes applied to sin products to their January 1, 1997 levels. Indexes the tax brackets and tax rates biannually thereafter by the amount of cumulative inflation for the two preceeding years to ensure that excise taxes tracks the changes in prices. Immediate reclassification of alcohol and tobacco products based on their current net retail price and reclassification of said products biannually thereafter. Rephrases the language of the old law to make it clear, simple and comprehensive; liberalizes the present rule in membership in the board of Directors to encourage foreign investments; and increases the capital requirement to weed out financially unviable firms and prevent the employment of unsuitable persons in the conduct of the business Provides for the convening of Congress into a Constituent Assembly to amend the Constitution. The proposed amendments include the shift to the parliamentary system of government, to a unicameral legislature and the amendment of the economic provisions in the present Constitution which hinders the country from experiencing high and sustained economic growth and the shift to a federal republic within ten years from the approval of the new Constitution.

On 2nd Reading

National Authority for Revenue Administration (NARA): To create a new entity to address institutional problems and enhance tax administration

HB 5054

Referred to the Committee on Appropriation

Establishing the Personal Equity and Retirement Account (PERA): To encourage savings for the people's retirement years

HB 6001

Approved on 2nd Reading

Campaign Finance Reform Act: To allow state funding of political parties to level the playing field among policy and political players, address the need to reduce the dysfunctional incentives that encourage graft and corruption, reduce the disproportionate influence of wealthy contributors, and reduce the cost of elections on the part of the candidates

HB 2690, 3010, 4395, 4596, 5100

Pending in the Committee on Appropriation

Indexation of Sin Taxes: To impose excise tax on tobacco and alcoholic beverages in order to update the basis of taxation to the present level and to index the same to inflation rate. It is estimated that about P3.22 billion and P10.62 billion shall be generated as revenue from the imposition of tax on beer and tobacco products, respectively

HB 4765, 5057

For further Comittee deliberation

Revised Investment Company Act: To establish a comprehensive scheme that allows investment companies to serve their role in the capital formation process, and at the same time seek to prevent abuses and protect the interests of the public investors in such companies

HB 185, 247, 399, 1108

For further Committee deliberation

Constitutional Reform

HCR 16

Approved on 3rd Reading and Pending with Senate

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Prepared by the Congressional Planning and Budget Department, House of Representatives, Quezon City, June 2003

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STATISTICAL SUMMARY OF COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES (2nd Regular Session, 12th Congress)

I. STANDING COMMITTEES

COMMITTEE NUMBER OF COMMITTEE MEETINGS NUMBER OF OUT-OF-TOWN HEARINGS NO. OF TECHNICAL WORKING GROUPS MEETINGS NUMBER OF COMMITTEE REPORTS FILED

REMARKS

Accounts

2

Oversees the administrative functions and financial operations of the House of Representatives and performs functions principally relating to its internal budget. 9 9 44 42 1 6 2 2 with 1 Bicam meeting with 2 Bicam meetings

Agrarian Reform Agriculture, Food & Fisheries Appropriations Banks & Financial Intermediaries Basic Education & Culture Civil, Political & Human Rights Civil Service & Professional Regulation Constitutional Amendments Cooperatives Development Dangerous Drugs Ecology Economic Affairs Energy Ethics & Privileges Foreign Affairs Games & Amusements Good Government Government Enterprises & Privatization Government Reorganization Health Higher & Technical Education Housing & Urban Development Interparliamentary Relations & Diplomacy Justice Labor & Employment Legislative Franchises

16 8 81 27

19 17 4

4 2

145 8

17

30

21

with 2 Bicam meetings

3 4 5 18 13 12 10 11 8 45 18

3

2 2

1 1

1 1 5 1 32 23 13 2 3 4 4 3 4 with 1 Bicam meeting with 2 Bicam meetings with 1 ocular inspection

4 17

2 3

23 20 31 16

23 7 30

1 17 21

11

1

5

4

4

27 23 9

1

12 5

27 10 25

with 3 Bicam meetings

Local Government Mindanao Affairs Muslim Affairs National Cultural Communities

11 14 9

1

1

14

1

5

1

The Committee actively participated in cross-country activities that would strengthen international networking and bring global focus on the plight common to all indigenous peoples. 5 23 16 1 3 2 1 2 1 3 2 14 3 2 19 with 2 Bicam meetings with 1 Bicam meeting

National Defense & Security Natural Resources Oversight People's Participation Population & Family Relations Public Information Public Order & Security

9 11

1 1

3 1

3 1

with 1 Bicam meeting with 1 ocular inspection

18

Public Works & Highways Revision of Laws Rules Rural Development Science & Technology Social Services Suffrage & Electoral Reforms Tourism

6 17 25 4 5 4 21 7 3 1 21 4 14 13 2 7

158 48 318 2 1 3 5 5 with 1 Bicam meeting with 1 Bicam & 2 ocular inspections with 1 Bicam meeting with 1 ocular inspection

Trade & Industry Transportation & Communications Veterans Affairs & Welfare Ways & Means Women Youth & Sports Development TOTAL

25 40 3

30 3

9 3

8 29 8 6 789 53 1

2 4 14 7 465 921 9 2 with 1 Bicam meeting

II. SPECIAL COMMITTEES

COMMITTEE NUMBER OF COMMITTEE MEETINGS NUMBER OF OUT-OF-TOWN HEARINGS NO. OF TECHNICAL WORKING GROUPS MEETINGS NUMBER OF COMMITTEE REPORTS FILED

REMARKS

Bases Conversion East Asean Growth Area Education & Welfare of Special Persons * Entrepreneurship Development Export Promotion * Food Security

4 1 2 not yet constituted

2

11

not yet constituted 5 with 4 ocular inspections

Globalization & WTO Metro Manila Development * Mt. Pinatubo * Northwest Luzon Growth Quadrangle Poverty Alleviation Reforestation Southern Tagalog Development * Twenty Priority Provinces TOTAL

6 not yet constituted not yet constituted 2

1 3

1 7 not yet constituted

12 31 5

7 26

1 1

* -

Rule IX, Section 33 of the Rules of the House of Representatives of the 12th Congress likewise authorized the House to organize these Special Committees Prepared by the Committee Affairs Department, House of Representatives, Quezon City, June 2003

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Bills Passed by the House (2nd Regular Session, 12th Congress)

I. ENACTED INTO LAW (43)

A. NATIONAL BILLS PASSED (26) RA 9169 Granting a Franchise to Seagull Marine Communication Network Corporation RA 9170 Granting a Franchise to Aboitiz Transport Corporation RA 9171 Granting a Franchise to Muslim Development Multi-Purpose Cooperative RA 9172 Renewing the Franchise Granted to Eastern Telecommunications Philippines RA 9173 The Philippine Nursing Act RA 9174 Amending RA 6768, entitled, `An Act Instituting a Balikbayan Program' RA 9175 The Chainsaw Act of 2001 RA 9176 Granting Ten-Year Period for Filing Applications for Free Patent of Imperfect Titles RA 9177 Declaring the First Day of Shawal, the Tenth Month of the Muslim Calendar, Eidul Ftr RA 9178 Magna Carta for Micro Enterprises RA 9180 Granting a Franchise to Digitel Mobile Phils., Inc. RA 9181 Granting a Franchise to Provincial Airways Corporation RA 9182 Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) Act of 2002 RA 9183 Granting a Franchise to Asian Spirit, Inc. RA 9184 Government Procurement Reform Act RA 9186 Granting a Franchise to Supreme Broadcasting System, Inc RA 9187 Declaring June 30 as PhilippineSpanish Friendship Day RA 9188 Prescribing the Authorized Key Positions in the Armed Forces of the Philippines RA 9189 Absentee Voting and Registration Act of 2003 RA 9192 Granting a Franchise to ACWSUnited Broadcasting Network, Inc. RA 9194 Amending RA 9160, otherwise known as Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001 RA 9200 Amending RA 8560, the Philippine Geodetic Engineering Act of 1998 RA 9201 National Human Rights Consciousness Week Act RA 9206 National Budget for 2003 RA 9208 The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 RA 9211 The Tobacco Regulation Act B. LOCAL BILLS PASSED (17) RA 9179 Renaming Lavezares School as Basilio B. Chan Memorial Agricultural and Industrial School RA 9185 Granting a Franchise to Calapan Waterworks System and Development Corporation RA 9190 Recognizing Cebu International School as an Educational HB 1758 HB 2041 HB 2121 RA 9191 RA 9193 RA 9195 RA 9196 RA 9197 RA 9198 RA 9199 RA 9202 RA 9203 RA 9204 RA 9205 RA 9207 RA 9209 RA 9210 Institution of International Character Declaring March 1 a Special Nonworking Holiday in Muntinlupa City Declaring March 7 a Special Nonworking Holiday in Tagum, Davao del Norte Converting the CatanauanBuenavista Provincial Road in Quezon into a National Road Converting the AbuyonBuenavista Provincial Road in Quezon into a National Road Converting the Talaba SummitPanao Provincial Road in Quezon into a National Road Declaring March 25 a Special Nonworking Holiday in Candon, Ilocos Sur, `Cry of Candon' Converting the San FranciscoSan Narciso Provincial Road in Quezon into a National Road Declaring August 10 a Special Non-Working Public Holiday in Maasin City, Southern Leyte Declaring August 15 as Special Public Holiday in Catarman, Camiguin Declaring January 7 as Special Public Holiday in the Province of Camiguin Declaring July 31 as Special Public Holiday in Sagay, Camiguin The National Government Center (NGC) Land Disposition and Utilization Act of 2003 Granting a Franchise to Manila Electric Company Declaring June 18 a Special NonWorking Public Holiday in Naga City Naga City Charter Day HB 2266 Eliminating the Imposition of Documentary Stamp Tax on Secondary Trading of Financial Instruments HB 2460 Expanding the Coverage of the Employees Compensation and State Insurance Fund to Include Retired Employees HB 2542 Regionalizing the Department of Education Payroll System HB 3595 Granting a Franchise to Fiber Telecommunications Incorporated HB 3993 Amending RA 7160, Otherwise Known as the Local Government Code HB 4375 Extending to 5 Years the Reglamentary Period for Minimum Educational Disqualification in PNP HB 4418 Strengthening the Mandate of the Interconnection Between and Among Public Telecommunications Entities HB 4428 Renaming the Philippine National Police (PNP) Ranks HB 4517 Omnibus Housing and Urban Development Act of 2002 HB 4625 Decreasing the Required Period of Preventive Imprisonment Served Before Deduction of Term HB 4642 Increasing the Penalties for Child Prostitution and Other Sexual Abuse and for Child Trafficking HB 4664 Health Facilities and Services Licensure Act HB 4666 Health Maintenance Organizations Act of 2002 HB 4703 Amending RA 6949, Declaring March 8 a Non-Working Holiday to be Known as National Women's Day HB 4717 Expanding the Area of Operation of the Franchise Granted to Edison C. Espinosa, Amending RA 8101 HB 4729 Philippine Medical Act of the Year 2002 HB 4826 Extending the Prescriptive Period of Simulated Births HB 4844 Establishing an Office of Veterans Affairs in the Philippine Embassy in the United States of America HB 4873 Granting a Franchise to Radio Corporation of the Philippines HB 4882 Granting a Franchise to National Transmission Corporation HB 4918 Travel Tax Reform Act of 2002 HB 4934 Productivity and Performance Incentives and Gainsharing Act of 2002 HB 4957 Scouts Philippines Act of 2002 HB 5039 Declaring the Spring Festival of Chinese New Year a Special NonWorking Holiday Throughout the Country HB 5042 Granting a Franchise to Radio Philippines Network HB 5051 National Railways Act HB 5084 Speech Pathology Law of the Year 2002 HB 5143 Drinking Water Business Act of 2002 HB 5162 The Sustainable Forest Management Act of 2002 HB 5206 Philippine Cooperative Code of 2002

II. PENDING ACTION BY THE SENATE (603)

A. NATIONAL BILLS PASSED (92) HB 46 HB 304 Chemical Engineering Law of 2002 Reducing Water Rates and Charges for Water Users in Barangay Hosting the Water Source University of the Philippines Charter of 2002 Foot and Mouth Disease Eradication Act of 2003 Extending Preference of Employment to Any One Child of Veterans in the Government Maintaining the Present Provision on Probationary Employment and Increasing Government Protection Granting a Franchise to Asia Overnight Express Corp Granting a Franchise to Seashore Telecommunications, Inc. The Drug Abuse Prevention Program in Education Institution Act

HB 455 HB 767 HB 785 HB 1009

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HB 5224 Electronics Engineering Law of 2002 HB 5225 Regulating the Optical Media and Reorganizing for the Purpose the Videogram Regulatory Board HB 5226 Strengthening the Workers' Constitutional Right to SelfOrganization HB 5231 Exempting Certain Services from the Value-Added Tax HB 5253 Guidance and Counseling Act of 2002 HB 5284 Declaring Arnis as the Philippine National Sport HB 5301 Granting a Franchise to AMA Broadcasting System, Inc. HB 5326 Prohibiting Educational Institutions from Compelling Their Graduates to Take Review Classes Therein HB 5340 Real Estate Service Act of the Philippines HB 5343 Government Ambulance Use Act of 2002 HB 5351 The Philippine Librarianship Act of 2002 HB 5354 Magna Carta for Social Workers and Social Development Workers HB 5355 Creating the Persons with Disabilities Affairs Office in Every Province, City or Municipality HB 5389 Philippine Architecture Act of 2002 HB 5398 Philippine Clean Water Act of 2002 HB 5399 Instituting a Congressional Medal of Honor HB 5411 Amending RA 7836, Teachers Professionalization Act of 1994 HB 5432 Family and Medical Leave Act of 2003 HB 5464 Granting Maternity Leave Benefits to Women Employees, Whether Married or Not and Regardless of Employment Status HB 5493 The Coastal Environment Program (CEP) Act of 2002 HB 5497 Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) Empowerment Act of 2002 HB 5502 Requiring Employers to Inform their Employees of their Rights, Benefits and Privileges HB 5511 Accepting Agricultural Lands as Security For Loans Obtained from Lenders

HB 5516 Anti-Abuse of Women in Intimate Relationships (Anti-AWIR) Act HB 5525 Health Care Delivery Modernization Act of 2002 HB 5547 Amending RA 7875, the National Health Insurance Program HB 5553 Socialized and Low-Cost Housing Loan Restructuring Act HB 5563 Domestic Shipping Development Act of 2002 HB 5566 Footwear, Leather and Tannery Industries Development Act HB 5568 Requiring the Inclusion of Community Service in the Curriculum of Intermediate and Secondary Schools HB 5569 The National Metrology Act of 2003 HB 5571 Granting a Franchise to United Broadcasters Cooperative HB 5600 Special Teaching Permit for Teachers in High Risk Areas HB 5601 Pyramid Sales Ban Act HB 5619 Extending the Term of the Franchise of the Philippine Gaming Corporation HB 5654 The Alternative Dispute Resolution Act of 2003 HB 5718 Requiring the Filing of Statement of Asset, Liabilities and Networth as of December 31, 2001 HB 5719 Restructuring the Excise Tax on Automobiles HB 5770 Amending RA 7471, the Philippine Overseas Shipping Act HB 5781 The Local Sectoral Representation Act of 2003 HB 5804 Magna Carta of Household Helpers or Batas Kasambahay HB 5807 The Magna Carta for Women HB 5812 Billion Trees Act of 2003 HB 5844 The Green Parks Act of 2003 HB 5845 Downstream Natural Gas Industry Development Act of 2003 HB 5852 Oil Pollution Compensation Act HB 5881 Granting a Franchise to Asian Multi-Media and Production HB 592 Authorizing the Local Government Units to Apply Share of Proceeds Derived from the Utilization of Sources of Electricity HB 5957 The Customs Brokers Act of the Philippines HB 5970 The Social Integration Act of 2003 for the Remaining Vietnamese Nationals (RVNs)

HB 5987 The Magna Carta for Older Persons HB 5992 The Philippine Psychology Act of 2003 HB 6002 The Philippine Veterinary Medicine Act of 2003 B. LOCAL BILLS PASSED (511)

1. Establishing, Separating and Converting of Schools 213 2. Conversion and Renaming of Roads 218 3. Establishment / Transfer of Courts 21 4. Naming and Renaming of Bridges 1 5. Railway System 1 6. Franchise 6 7. City Council 1 8. Creation of Congressional District 6 9. Declaration of Holidays 13 10. Cityhood 3 11. Naming and Renaming of PNP Office 2 12. Alienable and Disposable Lands 8 13. Environmental Protection 5 14. Good Governance 1 15. Establishing and Converting of Hospitals 7 16. Economic Development and Revenue Generation 3 17. Converting National Park 1 18. Granting of Citizenship 1

III. PENDING IN CONFERENCE COMMITTEE (2)

HB 4720 HB 5178 The Philippine Citizenship Retention Act of 2003 Rationalizing the Compensation of Justice, Judge and Lawyer Positions in the Judiciary

IV. PENDING ACTION BY THE PRESIDENT (13)

A. NATIONAL BILLS PASSED (4)

HB 4259 Renewing the Franchise Granted to Consolidated Broadcasting System, Amending RA 7582 Amending RA 7477, Franchise Granted to People's Broadcasting Service Granting a Franchise to Newsounds Broadcasting Network Amending RA 8339, Franchise Granted to Air Philippines Corporation (Air Philippines)

HB 4380

HB 4885 HB 5070

B. LOCAL BILLS PASSED (9)

1. Franchise 2. Declaration of Holidays 3. Creation of Congressional District 4. Establishing, Converting and Separating Engineering Districts 1 1 1 6

We would like to acknowledge the following House offices for providing the necessary data: · Office of the Secretary General · Committee Affairs Department · Congressional Planning and Budget Department · Legislative Operations Department · Inter-Parliamentary Relations and Special Affairs Department

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