LIST: Stimulus bills, new departments top Duterte's Congress wish list

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 27) — President Rodrigo Duterte is seeking a number of reforms on his last two years in office, and he needs the help of Congress to get things done.

He spent a big chunk of his fifth State of the Nation Address on Monday enumerating the many bills he wants passed to carry out his loaded reform agenda, which stretches beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here's a list of the measures which the President wants lawmakers to tackle and approve as they resume regular sessions beginning Tuesday: 

- the sequel or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, which will supplement funds for COVID-19 recovery and response measures

- Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises or CREATE Act, which cuts the corporate income tax to from 30 percent to 25 percent followed by subsequent reductions in the coming years, and lengthens fiscal incentives for foreign firms operating here

- Financial Institutions Strategic Transfer or FIST Act, which allows banks and financial firms to transfer or sell soured loans so they can open up new credit lines

- Bill reviving death penalty through lethal injection for people convicted of violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002

- National Housing Development bill and Rental Housing Subsidy bill to allow Filipinos to acquire decent, low-cost homes

- Amendments to Republic Act No. 10912 or the Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016 to do away with the requirement of attending seminars especially during the pandemic

- Advanced Nursing Education Act to level up the practice of the profession in the country

- A law instituting the Medical Reserve Corps

- A Unified System of Separation, Retirement and Pension of the Military and Uniformed Personnel, which will overhaul the expensive pension system for retirees from the service

- Bills modernizing the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Bureau of Immigration

- A National Land Use Act for the equitable distribution of natural resources

- The creation of the Coconut Farmers Trust Fund that will use the coco levy fund collected during the reign of former President Ferdinand Marcos

- A Rural Agricultural and Fisheries Development Financing System Act to push agriculture and food security

The President also wants to put up new government agencies, namely:

- Department of Overseas Filipinos to tackle concerns of Filipinos abroad, particularly migrant workers

- National Disease Prevention and Management Authority for better response to future outbreaks

- Department of Disaster Resilience to handle the creation of evacuation centers in every city, province and municipality and to take charge on disaster response

- Boracay Island Development Authority to oversee the popular tourist spot after its rehabilitation.