Press Release
March 21, 2018

Senate goes on legislative break

The Senate today went on a legislative break after weeks of intensive work, as the institution vowed to continue work on priority bills like the proposed changes of the 1987 Constitution and the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) when they return.

Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III said the institution would "work harder to improve the quality of life for all," once sessions resume on May 14, 2018.

Before going on break, the Senate adopted House Concurrent Resolution No. 16 that amended the bicameral conference committee report on the proposed Expanded Red Tape Act of 2017, which the chamber had approved on final reading last August 2017.

Earlier this week, the Senate had also passed on third and final reading the proposed Coconut Farmers and Industry Development Act (SBN 1233), the Philippine Identification System Act of 2018 (SBN 1738), and the bill converting the municipality of Sto.Tomas in Batangas as a component city (HBN 5160) - the latest of bills the Senate had approved this year.

"Our legislative achievements in the last few months include the proposed Anti-Hazing Act of 2018 (SBN 1662), the Philippine Identification System Act of 2018 (SBN 1738), the bill abolishing the Road Board (SBN 1620), to name a few. There were many legislative achievements that we were able to accomplish," Pimentel said.

Since the start of the year, the Senate approved on third and final reading pro-consumer legislation such as the proposed Lifetime Cellphone Number Act (SBN 1636), Recoverable Systems Loss Act (SBN 1623), the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act of 2017 (SBN 1531); pro-Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) legislation such as the Handbook for OFWs Act of 2016 (SBN 192); pro-health legislation such as the Pagkaing Pinoy para sa batang Pinoy Act (SBN 1279); and pro-worker legislation such as the proposed Magna Carta for Scientists (SBN 1534) and the Reservist Employment Rights Act (SBN 1698), among others.

Pimentel said that the proposed Charter Change (Cha-Cha) and the Bangsamoro Basic Law continued to lead the priority bills to be tackled by the Senate when sessions would resume in May.

"For BBL, once we resume sessions in May, we would give time for senators who would want to interpellate in the floor," he said.

He said that the committee hearings and consultations on Cha-Cha being conducted by the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes around the country "would continue even while the Senate is on a break."

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