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Bong Go’s priority bills among those mentioned in SONA

July 29, 2020 - Wednesday 5:07 PM by MDM

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Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go expressed his gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte for supporting many of his proposed legislative measures that were mentioned in this year’s State of the Nation Address.  

Go said that his people-centered, service-oriented proposed measures have always been aligned with the President’s legislative agenda. These measures, the Senator said, aim to help the government become more efficient, effective and responsive to the changing times as the country faces tougher challenges amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Iisa po ang hangarin namin ni Pangulong Duterte at iyan ay mabigyan ng mas maayos at komportableng buhay ang bawat Pilipino,” Go said.  

“Upang maisakatuparan ito, sisikapin nating maisabatas ang mga panukalang naglalayon na gawing mas mabilis, maayos at maaasahan ang serbisyo mula sa gobyerno. Nais rin po nating maiparamdam sa bawat Pilipino na may gobyernong nagmamalasakit at nag-aalaga sa kanila, kahit saan mang parte sila ng mundo,” said Go.

In his fifth SONA, the President appealed to Congress to pass crucial legislative measures needed in order to help the country overcome the pandemic and mitigate the adverse impacts of the crisis on the lives of Filipinos. Among the measures mentioned by the President include bills filed by Go that collectively aim to improve governance and the public service delivery.

To help government respond to the changing times, Go filed Senate Bill No. 1738, also known as the E-Governance Act of 2020, which will facilitate the transition of the Philippine government to the digital age with the aim of improving the efficiency of government agencies and providing digital government services.

“Panahon na para mawala na ang pila para mapagsilbihan ng gobyerno nang walang kahirapan ang mga tao,” the President declared during his speech. 

Go has also consistently pushed for the passage of SBN 202 or the Department of Overseas Filipinos Act of 2019 which will unify the many scattered agencies handling matters involving overseas Filipino workers; and SBN 1649 or the Bureau of Immigration Modernization Act of 2020 which will update the country’s outdated immigration system.

To enhance the resiliency efforts of the country in addressing disasters and to save lives,  Go sought for the creation of Department of Disaster Resilience (SBN 205) ; the establishment of mandatory evacuation centers (SBN 1228); and pushed for the modernization of Fire the Bureau of Fire Protection (SBN 204). 

To improve quality healthcare services in the country, Go also filed SBN 1451, also known as the Medical Reserve Corps Act of 2020; SBN 395, the Advanced Nursing Education Act of 2019, and SBN 398 which will expand the coverage of the Mandatory Basic Immunization Program. 

To address the need for proper housing and to achieve Go’s vision of “wala dapat squatter sa sariling bayan”, he filed SBN 203, also known as the National Housing Development, Production and Financing Act of 2019. He also filed SBN 1227 or the Rental Subsidy Program Act. 

In support of the country’s frontliners, Go also filed SBN 1419 or the Unified System of Separation, Retirement and Pension of the Military and Uniformed Personnel. 

To strengthen the campaign against illegal drugs, Go is also supportive of the President’s call for the reimposition of the death penalty as he filed SBN 207 that imposes death penalty by lethal injection for heinous crimes related to illegal drugs. 

Go is also studying the need to amend the Continuing Professional Development Law, which the President mentioned in the SONA, to ease the burden being experienced by professionals especially during these trying times. 

Apart from these bills that Go filed which were mentioned in the SONA, the President also highlighted Go’s earlier recommendation on the need to develop the countryside through the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa program in order to decongest Metro Manila and provide economic opportunities in the provinces. 

Meanwhile, President Duterte and Senator Go both reiterated their opposition to holding traditional face-to-face classes for school at this time while the threat of COVID-19 still exists. The President directed concerned agencies to make use of available TV frequencies as a viable mode of E-learning — a proposal that Go has been pushing in recent weeks. 

The President also mentioned key legislations authored by Go that were recently passed into law. Among these were Republic Act 11462 or the Postponement of the 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections Act; the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019 (RA 11463), the Salary Standardization Law of 2019 (RA 11466), and the National Academy of Sports Act (RA 11470).