Senate unanimously approves three priority bills

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 29) – Voting 24-0, the Senate on Monday unanimously approved on final reading three bills deemed as priority measures by the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council.

The measures include the Trabaho Para sa Bayan Act (Senate Bill 2035), Regional Specialty Centers Act (SB 2212), and the Estate Tax Amnesty Act (SB 2219).

The Trabaho Para sa Bayan Act calls for the establishment of a national employment master plan to promote economic growth, and provide support to workers and businesses.

The Regional Specialty Centers Act creates Department of Health-run specialty centers in hospitals nationwide.

Meanwhile, the Estate Tax Amnesty Act extends the period for availing estate tax amnesty by two years, or until June 2025.

Once adopted by the House of Representatives or ratified by the bicameral conference committee, these will be sent to Malacañang for the president's signature.

Senate President Miguel Zubiri earlier said in a statement that the upper chamber would approve these measures prior to its sine die adjournment on June 2.

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

He also said that the Senate would approve SB 2020 or the Maharlika Investment Fund Act in the week before adjournment. It has yet to see second and third reading approval.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. earlier certified the Maharlika Fund Bill’s passage as urgent, which would allow it to be passed on second and third reading on the same day.

READ: Marcos certifies as urgent Maharlika bill at Senate