Council to tackle common legislative agenda for 17th Congress » Manila Bulletin News



By Vanne Terrazola

For the second time this year, the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) is set to meet tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.

Senate President of the Philippines, Senator Aquino Pimentel III (EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO)

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III this afternoon confirmed that the LEDAC would convene at the Palace to tackle the measures that President Duterte wants prioritized, particularly those that he mentioned during his second State of the Nation Address (SONA).

National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and LEDAC Secretariat chief Ernesto Pernia, in a memorandum, said the council would discuss the common legislative agenda for the 17th Congress, which he earlier said includes the Unified National ID System Act.

The LEDAC would also seek the President’s approval on the creation of new government agencies, namely, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Culture, and the Philippine Space Agency.

The 20-member LEDAC under the Duterte administration during its first gathering in January agreed to convene once every quarter while its committees would meet once a month.

It is headed by the President and its members are the Vice President, the Senate president, House speaker, seven Cabinet members, three senators, three congressmen, and representatives from the local government, youth and the private sectors.

Created in 1992, the council serves as an advisory body to the President and the NEDA to discuss the laws and policies needed to realize the goals of the government.

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