House committees can continue work despite poll break
More News from Karen Boncocan
More News from INQUIRER.net
MANILA, Philippines — The campaign season is on but House committees dealing with pending measures can continue to work, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said on Tuesday.
In a statement, the House leader said standing and special panels are authorized to conduct public hearings even while the House of Representatives is on break.
“The House in plenary has approved a resolution last February 6 authorizing all committees to, if necessary, conduct their respective public hearings or inquiries, in aid of legislation, during the current break until resumption in June,” he said.
There are several human rights measures pending deliberation by bicameral conference committees such as House Bill No. 4807 or “Prohibiting Racial, Ethnic and Religious Discrimination”, House Bill No. 4643 or “Expanding the Prohibited Act of Discrimination Against Women on Account of Sex, amending Articles 135 and 137 of the Labor Code of the Philippines”, and House Bill No. 6024 or “Strengthening the Juvenile Justice System in the Philippines.”
The 15th Congress went on recess February 7 to make way for the 90-day campaign period.
It will resume on June 3 but will end the third and last regular session by June 7.
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94