Despite the COVID-19 pandemic’s challenges, over 800 legislative measures were passed by the House of Representatives. Under the leadership of the Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, their annual legislative performance report which stated it passed 803 measures total during the 18th Congress’ second regular session. 501 of those bills were approved on third and final reading (passed); 72 of those were enacted into laws.
In the report, which was titled “Paving the Nation’s Path to Recovery”, it stated that the House had “a legislative agenda anchored on saving lives, sustaining economic growth and spearheading a public policy that is responsive and effective to the health crisis”.
Since July 2020, the House has also passed 131 resolutions amidst Congress prioritizing pandemic response measures. They also passed 20 out of 30 measures found in the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC)’s Common Legislative Agenda. These were mainly legislative priorities of President Duterte.
Key measures were also enacted by the House meant to address the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact. This includes the Bayanihan laws: Republic Act 11469, which gave P250 billion in emergency subsidies to affected families and workers, as well as Republic Act 11494, which provided a P165 billion economic rescue package.
They also pushed for the extension of the Bayanihan 2 funds’ availability until June 30, 2021 as well as the P4.1 trillion 2021 General Appropriations Act until December 31, 2021. The House’s priorities are two-fold: to help Filipinos affected by the pandemic and to have the country’s economy revived and rebuilt.