Philippine Laws: February 2011

Another month gone, another month without any new laws approved.  But, there’s no need to fret.  The Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) had their 111th meeting this month (but the first under P-Noy), and discussed the 23 priority bills of the Aquino administration (let’s call them “P-Bills”).

The P-Bills fall under five general groupings—Human Development; Infrastructure Development; Economic Development; Sovereignty, Security and Rule of Law; and Good Governance.

The Human Development P-Bills include the acts (a) creating the Department of Housing and Urban Development (let’s not call this the “DHUD”); (b) rationalizing the nightwork prohibition on women workers; (c) enhancing the curriculum and increasing the number of years for basic education; (d) providing a definite targeting strategy in identifying the poor (for purposes of the National Health Insurance Act); and (e) reorganizing the National Food Authority into the National Food Corporation (let’s not call this the “NaFooCor”) and the Food Development and Regulatory Administration.

The Infrastructure P-Bills include the acts (i) amending Republic Act No. (RA) 6957 as amended, or the Act Authorizing the Financing, Construction, Operation and Maintenance of Infrastructure Projects by the Private Sector; (ii) amending RA 9136, or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001; and (iii) rationalizing the economic regulation of water utilities by, among others, creating the Water Regulatory Commission (let’s not call this the “WaR Commission”).

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