President Duterte Requests Priority Legislative Measures from Congress


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has called on Congress to speed up the passage of several legislative measures that will benefit the Filipino public particularly as the country recovers from COVID-19 pandemic.

Delivering his final State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Batasang Pambansa on Monday, the President urged legislators to immediately pass the amendments of priority legislative measures such as the Foreign Investments Act, the Public Service Act, and the Retail Trade Liberalization Act.

At the same time, President Duterte asked Congress to pass an E-Governance Act that will set up the transition of government processes to the digital age.

Through the COVID-19 Assistance to Restart Enterprises or CARES Program, the government released P988 million worth of loans to over 14,000 enterprises under Bayanihan 1.

Under Bayanihan 2, it extended P2.9 billion worth of loans to over 12,000 enterprises including displaced OFWs and enterprises in the tourism sector to help them start or sustain their businesses amid the pandemic.

Also, despite the government’s inability to conduct face-to-face classes during the pandemic, the President said his government remains determined in delivering quality and accessible education to all.