House shifts focus to oversight as sessions resume post-completion of legislative agenda

THE House of Representatives will resume session on Monday with Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez emphasizing the crucial role of the 300 plus-strong chamber in strengthening its oversight functions after successfully completing its legislative priorities.

With exceptional efficiency, the House approved all 20 priority measures outlined by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. and the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) before going on a Lenten break in March, surpassing the June target by three months.

This achievement not only highlights the House’s dedication to promptly addressing critical legislative matters but also paves the way for a renewed emphasis on oversight functions.

“Having effectively discharged our legislative duties, the House is positioned to enhance its commitment to oversight functions,” Speaker Romualdez said.

He said 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,” the Speaker pointed out.

With the resumption of sessions, the House will prioritize three major issues within its oversight functions. These include the persistent high prices of rice and other essential commodities, the pressing cybersecurity threats confronting government agencies, and contentious issues concerning the West Philippine Sea.

Speaker Romualdez said the House is also deeply concerned about the widening disparity between farmgate and retail prices of essential commodities, particularly rice.

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