FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his second state of the nation address (SONA) on July 24, 2017.
War on Drugs
National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon during the pre-SONA forum on July 17 said from July 1, 2016 up to June 30 this year, the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign has accomplished the following:
• more than 1.2 million drug personalities;
• arrest of 49,265 persons;
• 4,540 drug lords and pushers who resisted arrest were neutralized.
• 18,388 barangays (of the 29,749 drug-affected barangays) were declared drug free
• 208,000 drug surrenderers rehabilitated
• PHP13.5 billion worth of drugs, shabu, related substances in 2017 seized
Land Use Act
The House of Representatives already approved on May 2, 2017, its version of the NaLUA bill, or House Bill No. 5240 (An Act Instituting a National Land Use and Management Policy, Providing the Implementing Mechanisms, and Appropriating Funds Therefor).
Five NaLUA bills have been filed in the Senate. But to date, no consolidated bill has been drafted and no Senate committee discussions of the bills have been held. (source:www.neda.gov.ph)
New agency on disaster response
As of July 2018, the Cabinet approved the bill establishing the Department of Disaster Resilience.
The House committees on government reorganization and national defense and security jointly approved a motion creating a technical working group for the consolidation of eight bills seeking to create an independent agency focused on the country’s disaster preparedness and emergency management.
Passage of Death Penalty bill
The law reinstating the death penalty remains stalled in the Senate since April 2017, after it did not appear to have enough votes to pass.
Stop irresponsible mining
President Duterte in July this year launched mining crackdown, sustained existing ban on open-pit mining and mulled total ban in 2019.
TRO on RH Law
The Supreme Court’s two-year temporary restraining order on contraceptive implants still in effect.
DeEd reported that a total of 26.3 million learners received formal education and registered 641, 584 Alternative Learning System enrollments.
Enacted the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education or the Free Tuition Act
Return of a national heritage
The return to the Philippines of the Balangiga bells is only waiting for the signature of US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Manila ambassador to Washington Jose Manuel Romualdez on July 19 (Thursday).