CamSur Rep. Andaya touts achievements of House under his watch as majority leader


Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya, Jr. has touted the achievements of the House of Representatives under his watch as majority leader.

Andaya relinquished his post yesterday to House Deputy Speaker Fred Castro as he assumed chairmanship to the powerful House appropriations committee.

Andaya, meanwhile, thanked the support of his colleagues for approving their priority measures.

“This is my last term as congressman. As Majority Leader, I am humbled by the support given by my colleagues in steering the House approval of important pieces of legislation, including all of the President’s priority measures. Our output is prodigious as it is purposeful,” Andaya said.

Andaya said that in just 41 session days, before the Christmas break, the chamber has processed about 1,361 bills, approved 492 measures of which 95 had passed into law.

“Before the end of 2018, 39 bills were on the President’s table for his signature, and many have in fact been signed during the holidays,” said Andaya.

“And this year, we hit the ground running. This is keeping with the blistering pace we have set for ourselves – of processing an average of 33 measures a day,” he added.

The CamSur solon said that many of the bills they passed were “game-changers” given their value.

“Many were game-changers like the Universal Health Care, Bangsamoro Basic Law, the Security of Tenure Act, Utilization of the Coco Levy Act, National Land Use Act, Creation of the Department of Disaster Resilience, Rice Tariffication, Trabaho Bill, Mining Taxes, Alcohol Taxes, Tobacco Taxes, and many more,” he said.

Meanwhile, Andaya said that as the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, he will advocate for the transparency of the 2019 General Appropriations Act is transparent, fair to all and responsive to the needs of our people.

“If transparency and accountability in the GAA will be my only legacy as House leader, so be it,” Andaya declared.