Lawmakers aim to halve number of poor Pinoys by 2022: Romualdez

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Posted at Jul 01 2019 11:53 AM | Updated as of Jul 01 2019 12:32 PM

MANILA - Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez on Monday said lawmakers aim to prioritize measures that would halve the number of poor Filipinos by 2022.

In a statement, Romualdez said the House of Representatives in the 18th Congress would prioritize the following:

- 2020 national budget
- Security of Tenure Act
- Budget Reform Act
- National Land Use Act
- Rightsizing of the National Government
- TRABAHO bill or the second tranche of the tax reform law
- Higher excise tax on mining, alcohol and tobacco
- Foreign Investments Act
- Public Service Act
- Bank Secrecy Law
- Funding for the administrations' Build, Build, Build Program

Lawmakers also plan to lower the poverty incidence to 20 percent three years from now from 30 percent in 2015, and for the Philippines to become an upper-middle income country by 2022.

The plan was agreed upon by some 40 lawmakers in a caucus last Tuesday, Romualdez said.

The next day, he met with President Rodrigo Duterte to assure him of a united House of Representatives and the speedy passage of his priority bills, including the 2020 national budget.

Romualdez said he would again present the lawmakers' plan before government's economic team at the PICC Plenary Hall on Tuesday.

“Nai-report ko na kay Pangulong Duterte at sa kanyang economic team ang misyon na ito ng darating na Kongreso. Nagkasundo ang mga lider ng Kamara na aksyunan nang mabilis ang mga priority economic bills ng Pangulo, lalo na iyung magpapaginhawa sa buhay ng mga kababayan natin,” he said.