Pet Bills on Government Reform, Social Reform, and Safeguards for Overseas Filipino Workers filed in 18th Congress

A total of 166 bills were filed by all 24 senators in the start of 18th Congress.  Some of the bills filed was to improve government services, healthcare, and social welfare.

As the 18th Congress rolled by June 30th, the newly elected legislators in our Senate did not waste their time filing crucial bills that they think would improve the lives of Filipinos in the next three years. Most of the bills was dominated by social reform, government restructuring, and benefits to working-class Filipinos and youth.

Many bills were re-introduced this Congress in hoping that those will come into fruition this time around. This includes the Coco Levy Act by Senator Kiko Pangilinan and the Prohibiton of Political Dynasties Act curated by Sen. Frank Drilon. Some have been cause of questions like the Reimposition of Death Penalty Act by Sen. Manny Pacquiao and the SOGIE Bill by Sen. Risa Hontiveros. These bills were pursued once more due to the legislators’ dilemma that they are crucial in developing the civil and social order in the country.

Certain bills were filed to improve government services. These were highlighted with Sen. Francis Tolentino’s Department of Water Resources Management Act, Department of OFWs Act by Senators Bong Go and Koko Pimentel, and Department of Sports Act by Sen. Manny Pacquiao. Other bills relate to workers’ rights and development which the 14th Month Pay Act by Senate President Tito Sotto and the P125 Across-the-Board Minimum Wage Increase Act by Sen. Cynthia Villa and Sen. Bong Revilla. Many of these will be closely monitored because of its impact on employers and workers alike.

Other bills focused on healthcare and social welfare. On the forefront of these are the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019 by Sen. Bong Go. Other bills pertaining to this category are the Magna Carta for Day Care and Barangay Health Workers Act of 2019 by Sen. Leila de Lima, Free Medical Assistance to the Poor Act by Sen. Lito Lapid, and Prohibiting Electronic Violence Against Women Act by Sen. Nancy Binay. These bills want to safeguard the rights and provide expansive assistance to the nation’s most maligned sectors.

All in all, a total of 166 bills were filed by all 24 senators in the start of 18th Congress. This endeavours will define the legislations to shape the country in the three remaining years of the Duterte administration.