10-October-2017, Tuesday

Unless otherwise indicated, all committee meeting venues are located at the House of Representatives Complex

09:30 AM

Continuation of the discussion on the proposed amendments to Articles III, IV, V, VIII, IX and XVII of the 1987 Philippine Constitution in connection with the proposed shift from a unitary to a federal type of government
09:30 AM

Executive meeting on:

Committee Report on HRs 1284 & 1285 – Recognizing, commending and expressing congratulations to the following cooperatives for winning the Land Bank’s 2017 Gawad Pitak award last August 14, 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center; Nagkakaisang Magsasaka Agricultural Primary Multipurpose Cooperative of Talavera, Nueva Ecija; Buenavista Development Cooperative of Guimaras; and Sacred Heart Savings Cooperative of Galimuyod, Ilocos Sur (Rep. Rico Geron)

Committee Report on HR 1302 – Recognizing and commending the Tagum Cooperative for its outstanding achievements and leadership as a cooperative and for its significant role and contribution to cooperative development (Rep. Rico Geron)

Committee Report on HR 120 – Inquiry into the alleged violations in the contracts between Oil Palm Plantation Cooperatives in Southern Palawan and Agumil Phils., Inc. which put cooperatives in huge debts and displaced farmers from their own lands (Rep. Anthony Bravo Ph.D.)
09:30 AM

HB 779 – Granting all qualified farmers and fishermen discount on petroleum products (Rep. Harlin Neil Abayon III)

HR 415 – Inquiry into the alleged predatory pricing of oil products in Mindanao (Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate)

HR 853 – Inquiry into the alleged disparity and overpricing of fuel prices in Northern Luzon (Rep. Mark Go)

HB 3747 – Protecting the Filipino consumer from arbitrary increases in the prices of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) being charged by the players of the LPG industry, amending for the purpose Sections 19 and 14 of RA 8479, otherwise known as Downstream Oil Industry Deregulation Law of 1998 (Rep. Rodante Marcoleta)
09:30 AM

HBs 646, 670 & 1221 – Establishing the regulatory framework for the safe operations of the LPG industry, delineating the powers and functions of various government agencies, defining and penalizing certain acts (Reps. Arnel Ty, Victor Yap, and Reynaldo Umali)
09:30 AM

HR 599 – Inquiry into the perceived snail-paced implementation of housing relocation and resettlement projects for those affected by Typhoon Yolanda and for those living in dangerous zones, and to recommend appropriate legislation (Rep. Ben Evardone)
09:30 AM

Substitute Bill to HBs 3637, 4275, 4367 and 4623 – Establishing the Philippine space development and utilization policy and creating the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA), defining the purpose and scope of its activities (Reps. Erico Aristotle Aumentando, John Marvin ‘Yul Servo’ Nieto, Joey Sarte Salceda, and Maximo Rodriguez Jr.)
JUSTICE (Subcommittee on Immigration, Naturalization, and Deportation)
09:30 AM

HBs 4405 & 6262 – Granting Philippine citizenship to Bruce Donald Mctavish and Kwok Hing Carlos Yeung (Rep. Carmelo ‘Jon’ Lazatin II and Deputy Speaker Gwendolyn Garcia)

Discussion on the amendments to the Internal Rules of the Committee on Justice re: naturalization bills
09:30 AM

Draft Substitute Bill to HBs 4642 & 5057 – Amending RA 7924, strengthening the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), providing funds therefor (Reps. Winston ‘Winnie’ Castelo and Bayani Fernando)

Update by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on the funds intended for medical and other assistance to the beneficiaries of Metro Manila
09:30 AM

HB 377 – Providing stiffer penalties for the crime of theft and robbery of portable communication devices and portable computers (Rep. Evelina Escudero)

HBs 1493, 3107 & 4137 – Providing stiffer penalties for theft, robbery and destruction of public school property (Reps. Harlin Neil Abayon III, Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, and Gus Tambunting)

HB 428 – Amending Act No. 3815 or the Revised Penal Code, penalizing the robbery of cemetery articles (Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo)

HB 5855 – Amending Act No. 3815, by penalizing robbery of public transportation vehicle and related things (Rep. Harry Roque Jr.)

HB 3271 – Punishing the pilferage or theft of any material, product, merchandise, article, equipment or by-product manufactured, produced, owned or belonging to information technology enterprises located in special economic zones (Rep. Harry Roque Jr.)

HBs 468 & 1822 – Imposing stiffer penalties on the offense of stealing or vandalizing government road signs and other warning devices, accessories, and other facilities (Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu and Alfredo Vargas III)

HB 5262 – Declaring May 22 of every year a special nonworking holiday in the Province of Guimaras in commemoration of its anniversary as a province (Ma. Lucille Nava M.D.)

HBs 5866, 5869, 5875, 6038, 6124, 6171, 6219, 6252, 6362-65 & 6437 – Declaring special non-working holidays in various parts of the country to commemorate special events (Reps. Rene Relampagos, Maria Valentina Plaza, Greg Gasataya, Lord Allan Jay Velasco, Mario Vittorio ‘Marvey’ Mariño, Jose Enrique ‘Joet’ Garcia III, Florida ‘Rida’ Robes, Carlito Marquez, Henry Oaminal, and Aileen Radaza)
09:30 AM

HR 1144 –Inquiry into the positive effects of agricultural biotechnology on the lives of the rural folks and its potential as an alternative tool for rural development and agricultural competitiveness (Rep. Elisa ‘Olga’ Kho)
10:00 AM

HR 585 – Directing the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Office of Transport Security (OTS), Land Transportation Office (LTO), and other government agencies to intensify and coordinate their efforts to suppress the trafficking of illegal drugs in the country (Rep. Cesar Sarmiento)
10:00 AM

Committee Report on the Substitute Bill to HBs 2818, 4337, 4354 & 4422 – Integrated Urban Agriculture Act (Reps. Estrellita Suansing, Orestes Salon, Michael Romero Ph.D., and Harlin Neil Abayon III)

Committee Report on the Substitute Bill to HBs 247, 767 & 3937 – Creating a system of food distribution for addressing the nutritional needs of the people, providing for its procurement process and appropriating funds therefor (Reps. Gabriel Bordado, Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, and Kaka Bag-ao)

HBs 2496 & 5746 – Providing for a system of redistributing and recycling food surplus to promote food security (Reps. Conrado Estrella III and Emi Calixto-Rubiano)

HB 4263 – Banning supermarkets, food establishments and other similar businesses from throwing away and spoiling unsold food (Rep. Evelina Escudero)

HB 4675 – Mandating the donation of all surplus or leftover but still edible foods to charitable institutions and foundations by all restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, fast food chains, and other similar food establishments and providing penalties for violations thereof (Rep. John Marvin ‘Yul Servo’ Nieto)

HB 6235 – Reducing food waste through food donation and food waste recycling (Deputy Speaker Sharon Garin)
01:30 PM

Presentations by the following government agencies on their programs and projects in Region 5:

• National Irrigation Administration (NIA) - on the status of projects for 2017-2018;
• Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) - on the rehabilitation efforts after Typhoon Nina; and
• Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) - on the convergence program
01:30 PM

Committee Report on the Substitute Bill to HBs 1072 & 1330 – Strengthening further the pre-departure orientation program for departing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to include financial and entrepreneurial education, amending for the purpose RA 8042, as amended, otherwise known as the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995 (Reps. Scott Davies Lanete M.D. and Wes Gatchalian)

HB 6138 – Granting travel tax exemption to dependents of married or solo parent OFWs, amending for the purpose Sections 3 and 5 of RA 8042 (Speaker Pantaleon ‘Bebot’ Alvarez)

HB 6519 – Creating the OFW Sovereign Fund (Rep. Jesulito Manalo)

HR 289 – Investigation into the rape and subsequent death of OFW Irma Edloy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Rep. Wes Gatchalian)

HR 462 – Inquiry into the death of Filipina overseas worker Irma Jotojot with a view to strengthen our laws for the promotion and protection of the rights and welfare of OFWs (Rep. Emmi de Jesus)
01:30 PM

HR 763 – Inquiry into the manifest breakdown of discipline in the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the light of the recent high-profile criminal incidents allegedly involving officers and members of the organization (Rep. Romeo Acop)
01:30 PM

Briefing by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on the timeline for the 2019 national and local elections

HBs 15, 519, 902, 1712, 1917, 2925, 3249, 3380 & 3411 – Increasing the authorized expenses of candidates and political parties during the campaign period, amending for the purpose RA 7166 or the law providing for synchronized national and local elections and for electoral reforms, authorizing appropriations therefor (Rep. Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro, Reps. Salvio Fortuno, Henry Oaminal, Rosenda Ann Ocampo, Noel Villanueva, Marlyn Primicias-Agabas, Jose Panganiban Jr., and Peter ‘Sr. Pedro’ Unabia)

HB 4351 – Subsidizing public campaign expenses of qualified electoral candidates, and defining its coverage and restrictions thereof (Rep. Harry Roque Jr.)

HBs 134, 1461 & 2283 – Amending RA 7941, otherwise known as the Party-List System Act (Reps. Rodel Batocabe, Harry Roque Jr., and Tom Villarin)

HB 313 – Providing for the conduct of hybrid national, local and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) elections, through manual voting and counting at the precinct level, and automated transmission and canvassing (Deputy Speaker Gwendolyn Garcia)