LEDAC members agree to meet ‘more regularly’

MANILA-- Members of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) have agreed to meet once in every quarter to hasten passage of priority bills, a Palace official said on Tuesday.

"In the past administration, I think it (LEDAC) meets only twice. But this time it's going to be more regularly. If all goes well, they will be meeting at least four times this year aside from all the committee meetings every month," Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a Palace media briefing.

Abella said the LEDAC meeting last Monday night was more of a review previous meeting where 28 bills proposed by President Rodrigo Duterte and 39 congressional legislative agenda have been initially tackled in November last year.

He said some of the bills include possible termination of barangay elections, salary increases of the military, incentive for retirement pay of the military, terrorism, war on drugs, socio economic agenda, tax reforms and fiscal incentives.

"But one thing that's definite is that it has been agreed upon that the LEDAC will be meeting once every quarter," Abella said.

Abella said President Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo had "a very civil meeting' during the LEDAC meeting.

It was the first meeting between the country's two highest leaders since Robredo resigned from the Cabinet as housing secretary early December last year.

Abella said Robredo engaged in the conversation during LEDAC meeting, giving "one or two comments."

Special Assistant to the President Bong Go said last Monday that Robredo was invited and mandated to attend LEDAC meeting.

Aside from the President and Vice President, LEDAC members include Senate President, House Speaker, seven Cabinet members, three senators, three members of House of Representatives and one representative each from private sector, youth and local government. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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