Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Internet Transactions Act, E-Governance Bill among 20 priority bills to be passed by end 2023

The Internet Transactions Act/E-Commerce Law and the E-Government/E-Governance Bill are two of the 20 priority bills that the Marcos administration intends to pass by the end of 2023.

“The 20 new priority bills are critical to achieving the goals outlined in the Philippine Development Plan 2023-2028 and the 8-Point Socioeconomic Agenda of the Marcos Administration,” said National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan. 

The priority bills focused on crucial economic reforms were decided by the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) during its meeting on Wednesday, July 5. The reforms are intended to improve the country’s business climate for investors and advance human capital development, said Balisacan.

The LEDAC, with Pres. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. as chair and NEDA serving as the secretariat, agreed to prioritize the passage of the 20 bills by December 2023.

Some of these bills are focused on improving regulations to promote further investments, such as the Amendments to the Build-Operate-Transfer Law, the Ease of Paying Taxes Bill, and the Internet Transactions Act/E-Commerce Law.

Senate president Juan Miguel Zubiri and House speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez were also in attendance at the meeting.

“With the commitment of both houses of Congress to pass these measures by year-end, we are getting closer to creating deep social and economic change in the Philippines. These bills will enable economic transformation that shall reinvigorate job creation in the country through investments, as well as mitigate the impact of economic shocks, such as sudden health crises,” said Balisacan. 

The other priority bills aim to improve overall healthcare, such as the National Disease Prevention Authority Bill, the Medical Reserve Corps Bill, and the Virology Institute of the Philippines Bill.

The LEDAC serves as a consultative and advisory body on specific programs and policies that are crucial for achieving the goals of the national economy. It also serves as a venue to facilitate high-level policy discussions on vital issues and concerns affecting national development.


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