Executive agenda still being pursued sans LEDAC meet

Posted at 03/09/14 3:51 PM

MANILA -- The Executive continues to discuss with Congress the relevant bills that need to be passed even without the regular meetings of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC).

In an interview with radio dzRB, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said there is a “legislative liaison office system” in place in all agencies of the government.

“Patuloy po at masinsing nakikipag-ugnayan ang mga legislative liaison officers ng lahat ng executive departments at national government agencies sa mga tanggapan ng mga mambabatas sa mga komite ng Kongreso na kung saan ay mayroong mga isinusulong na panukalang batas ang ating pamahalaan,” he said.

Under the Aquino administration, LEDAC leaders have only so far met around three times. President Benigno Aquino III earlier said he was not keen on convening the LEDAC leaders on a regular basis amid suggestions from lawmakers in order to address key provisions that may be vetoed.

Coloma said there were no LEDAC meets in the past few months because of a slew of factors, including the shortened Congress sessions leading to the May 2013 elections and the calamities and tragedies in the latter part of the year.

“Ganunpaman, patuloy po ‘yung pag-aaral ng mga Cabinet cluster; patuloy po ‘yung pakikipag-ugnayan sa mga tanggapan ng mga mambabatas sa mga komite ng kongreso; at patuloy din po ‘yung pag-asikaso sa mga legislative priorities,” he said.

He noted more than half of the priority bills submitted by Malacanang have already been approved in Congress. Another, the draft bill covering the Bangsamoro political entity, is expected to be passed immediately because of these legislative liaison officers, he said.

Coloma also said the relationship between the two branches has been fruitful.