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3 new departments top House agenda as Congress resumes — Romualdez

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House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez on Sunday said the House of Representatives will expedite the passage of three bills prioritized by President Rodrigo Duterte creating the Departments of Filipinos Overseas (DFO), Water Resources (DWR) and Disaster Resilience (DDR).

Acting on Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano’s instructions, Romualdez, the chairman of the House committee on rules, said the House aims to pass the three measures creating the DFO, DWR, and DDR before the next adjournment in March.

“We aim to hit the ground running when session resumes on Monday (January 20). Time to roll up our sleeves once again and work double time on vital legislative measures. The Speaker made a clear instruction to pass these bills,” he said.

“No less than President Rodrigo Duterte himself called on Congress to work on these measures during his fourth State of the Nation Address last July,” said Romualdez.

Romualdez said the House of Representatives would vote on third and final reading other vital measures that the House of Representatives has already approved on second reading.

“This includes House Bill No. 5673 which authorizes the Department of Health to set and approve the bed capacity and service capability of all DoH-retained hospitals in all parts of the country,” said Romualdez.

“We are committed and inspired to work harder, smarter and more efficiently this year,” he said.