Since the opening of the 17th Congress in July 2016, the House of Representatives has passed a total of 96 measures that were enacted into law, according to an accomplishment report released on Wednesday.
In the House accomplishment report, submitted by Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, it further stated that the lower chamber has processed a total of 2,929 measures with an average of 16 measures processed per session.
Among the notable bills that became law include:
Republic Act No. 10931 entitled “Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act”, which provides free tuition and miscellaneous fees in state universities and colleges.
Republic Act No. 10969, also known as the “Free Irrigation Act”, which grants free irrigation to farmers owning not more than eight hectares of land.
Republic Act No. 10932, or “An Act Strengthening The Anti-Hospital Deposit Law” increasing the penalties for hospitals and clinics that refuse to give initial medical treatment in emergency or serious cases.
Republic Act No. 10928, or “An Act Extending The Validity Of Philippine Passports”, making Philippine passports valid up to 10 years from the previous five.
Republic Act No. 10930, “Extending the Validity Period of Drivers’ Licenses”, giving a five-year validity period.
Republic Act No. 11032 or the “Ease of Doing Business” law, which is intended to ease businessmen’s burden over bureaucracy.
Eighteen other measures have been transmitted to the Palace for President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s signature. (By Filane Mikee Cervantes, Philippine News Agency)