Photo Release

June 13, 2014

SINE DIE: A JOB WELL DONE – The House of Representatives adjourned sine die,
officially closing the First Regular Session of the 16th Congress on June 11 -- the eve of
the celebration of Philippine Independence Day. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr.
proudly thanked his colleagues, staff and Secretariat saying this was “a House at work
despite the difficult challenges we faced.” The Speaker expressed his gratitude to the
Deputy Speakers, the Majority Leader and his deputies, the chairmen of the various
committees, the Minority for their critical collaboration, and each member of the multi-
party majority coalition for their sacrifice and hard work. “The work ethic we displayed
gave us the impetus and confidence to look ahead to more fruitful deliberation and
decisive action for the passage of more strategic legislation in the 2nd regular session.”
Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora presided over the session by tradition. Landmark
measures passed promoting inclusive growth included, among others: 1) Supplemental
P14.6-billion budget and the extension of the validity of the 2013 Calamity fund and
unreleased MOE appropriations to fund rehabilitation of calamity stricken areas; 2)
MARINA Reform and Rationalization Act; 3) Consumer Protection Act (Motor vehicles);
4) Liberalizing the entry of Foreign Banks; 6) Development of Micro, Small and Medium
Enterprises; 7) Graphic and picture-based health messages in tobacco products; 8)
some 34 separate education-related bills; 9) Strengthening Agrarian, Agricultural and
Fisheries sectors; 10) Increasing the prescriptive period, from 15 to 30 years, for
violations of the Anti-graft and Corrupt Practices Act; 11) Conservation Technologies for
Sustainable Land Management; 12)National Land Use and Management Policy Act; 13)
Mandatory coverage for all Senior Citizens; and 14) Institutionalizing Pre-Hospital
emergency Medical Care system. With just a few hours before June 12th, Belmonte
said on a high note, “Our ancestors have fought with blood, sweat and tears for the
Filipinos to govern themselves, so too must we fight with honesty, integrity and solidarity
so that the Filipino people may continue to enjoy the sovereignty that we all rightfully
deserve.” (30) Photos by Pecto Camero and Tobias Engay, Media Relations Service-

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