Zubiri sees approval of 4 priority bills in the Senate next week

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 27) — Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri on Saturday said that aside from the measure seeking to create the Maharlika Investment Fund, three more priority bills are expected to hurdle the upper chamber before Congress adjourns sine die on June 2.

The other measures include the proposed Trabaho Para sa Bayan Act, Regional Specialty Centers Act, and Estate Tax Amnesty Act, according to a statement from Zubiri’s office.

Senate Majority Leader Joel Villanueva earlier said the proposed Trabaho Para sa Bayan Act would create a national employment master plan to promote economic growth and provide overall support and services to workers and businesses. 

The proposed Regional Specialty Centers Act, meanwhile, would establish specialty centers in hospitals nationwide which would be under the supervision and control of the Department of Health.

The last bill seeks to extend the period for availing of the estate tax amnesty by two years, or until June 2025.

Once these measures are adopted by the House of Representatives or approved in the bicameral conference, they will be sent to Malacañang for President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s signature.

If all four are signed into law, Zubiri noted that the first regular session will have produced seven priority measures of the administration, including the SIM Registration Act, the Act Postponing the Barangay Elections, and the AFP Fixed Term Law.

“I am proud to say that the Senate has performed very well for the First Regular Session, which typically tends to have a slow start in any Congress, because we are essentially starting from scratch and studying all of the bills anew,” Zubiri said.

“The Senate will continue to prioritize the quality of our measures over the speed of our performance or the quantity of our output, but we do expect to be able to devote more time to our plenary duties, now that most of our major Commission on Appointments (CA) work has already been dealt with,” he added.