The House of Representatives on Wednesday night unanimously adopted a resolution commending Speaker Martin Romualdez for “his exceptional, reformative and effective leadership” during the first regular session of the 19th Congress.
The chamber approved Houdse Resolution (HR) 055 authored by Majority Leader Manuel Jose Dalipe and Minority Leader Marcelino Libanan shortly before the legislature went on its annual sine die adjournment.
The Speaker, “with his resolute diligence and remarkable confidence…triumphantly reinforced the principles and ideals of representative democracy and effectively carried out the functions of his office to lead and motivate into action all members of the House of Representatives during the First Regular Session,” the resolution stated.
It said the House leader “devoted careful attention to the processes of the legislature without fear or favor, adhered to the rules for respectful but insightful participatory discussions, and served as the champion of the members who effectively echoed the voice of their constituents.”
The resolution noted that during the First Regular Session, the House adopted 91 resolutions and approved on third and final ready 447 measures which are currently pending action by the Senate, 123 of which are national bills.
Of the measures passed on third reading, six have been enacted into law, including Republic Act No. 11934 (Subscriber Identity Module Registration Act), Republic Act No. 11936 or the 2023 General Appropriations Act or national budget, and Republic Act No. 11937,
which introduced amendments in the law fixing the tenure of the Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff and certain high-ranking offices.
Another bill, which seeks to condone the unpaid loans, interest and penalties of thousands of agrarian reform beneficiaries, has been sent to Malacañang for the President’s signing into law.
The resolution also took note of the third-reading approval of 33 of the 42 priority measures of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC),
which aim to promote economic recovery, reduce poverty, provide better health care services, and enhance the delivery of public service.
“Speaker Romualdez deserves the highest praise and appreciation for the impressive roster of achievements presented by the House of Representatives during the First Regular Session of the Nineteenth Congress, which is a testament to his outstanding leadership, integrity, patriotism, and sense of commitment,” the resolution added.
In his speech at the House plenary just before the sine die adjournment, Romualdez thanked the House members whose hard work for the past 10 months helped shape the successes achieved by the legislature.
“Needless to say, our first regular session has been both eventful and productive,” Romualdez said.
“Congratulations to everyone for this impressive performance. You did not take your jobs lightly. You conducted yourselves with a sense of pride, professionalism and responsibility. You have carried out your individual roles with zest, making sure that you serve as effective voices of your respective constituents,” Romualdez added.