House focus shifts to oversight function after passing priority bills

By Zaldy De Layola

April 28, 2024, 7:09 pm

MANILA – After the approval of 20 priority measures, the House of Representatives will focus on strengthening its oversight function when session resumes Monday

Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez said in a news release Sunday that all measures outlined by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council were passed before March 23, surpassing their target by three months.

“This achievement not only highlights the House's dedication to promptly address critical legislative matters but also paves the way for a renewed emphasis on oversight functions,” Romualdez said in a news release on Sunday. “Having effectively discharged our legislative duties, the House is now positioned to enhance its commitment to oversight functions.”

The House’s oversight functions will include monitoring and evaluating the implementation of laws and policies, ensuring accountability, transparency, and the protection of the public interest.

"Through rigorous oversight, the House will actively engage in scrutinizing government actions, addressing inefficiencies, and safeguarding the integrity of our democratic institutions,” he said.

The House will prioritize three major issues within its oversight functions -- persistent high prices of rice and other essential commodities; pressing cybersecurity threats confronting government agencies; and contentious issues concerning the West Philippine Sea. (PNA)