Note: there are three documents which constitute the Roxas-Robredo Platform – the first is the General Summary, the second is the Comprehensive Policy Document, and the third are Annexes relating to: (a) Addressing National Concerns; (b) the Development Agenda; and (c) the Legislative Agenda (embodied by this entry).

Legislative Agenda

 

I.

Legislate laws that would institutionalize flagship government programs, which have had effective impacts on improving the quality of life of Filipino families:

(1.1) Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps)

Make 4Ps into law to ensure continuity of a social protection program that has truly lifted poor families away from extreme poverty; and to further assist them to transition to decent jobs or livelihood opportunities.

(1.2) Expanded Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) Program

Secure the institutionalization of expanded BUB program to guarantee people’s participation in the budget process; also to ensure that basic social services are responsive to the needs of the communities, and are delivered efficiently.

 

II.

Pass critical laws to not only enhance governance founded on integrity, transparency, participatory, and inclusivity; but also to institutionalize mechanisms against corruption at all levels.

(2.1) Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill

Pursue the enactment of FOI into law to cement transparency and accountability in government and to deepen citizen participation in governance by guaranteeing public access to government documents and data.

(2.2) Anti-Political Dynasty Law

Pass an Anti-Political Dynasty Law banning political families from wielding several government positions to put an end to monopoly of political power within dynasties, which hampers the drive against corruption and the pursuit of accountability. This, too, would lead to a selection process of national and local leaders that is more inclusive and competitive.

(2.3) Barangay Reform Bill

As envisioned in the Platform, the barangays are partners of cities and municipalities in identifying the needs of local communities and in making the government more effective and efficient by ensuring the delivery of basic social services and programs to people. This requires a better organization of barangay structure and functions, as well as an improved capacity to perform its role. Passing the Barangay Reform Bill is crucial towards this end.

(2.4) Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)

Peace and development in Mindanao require an institutional approach anchored on a common framework for peace which takes into account both historical and current realities and supported by a national constituency for peace—the passage of BBL would pave the way to attain this aspiration, which will be pursued.

(2.5) Comprehensive Tax Reform

Institute moves for a well-studied tax reform package that is comprehensive and addresses structural issues in our tax system. Specifically, we will push for a comprehensive tax reform package that (i) promotes equity; (ii) empowers the tax agencies to have better administrative leverage and to create meritocracy within our tax agencies, which are crucial to fiscal sustainability; and (iii) simplifies our tax administration for better administrative oversight and reduced processing time to encourage compliance among taxpayers.

(2.6) Amendment in the Cooperative Code

Work for an amendment in the Cooperative Code towards increasing he ceiling – from P10 million to P100 million – on the accumulated reserves and undivided net savings of cooperatives for the cooperatives to continue to enjoy tax exemptions.

(2.7) National Land Use Act

Secure the passage of the National Land Use Act to guide all land use in the country and set the final limits of forests and rationalize the disposition of land, a finite resource that must be allocated wisely for the maximum benefit of this generation and all the generations to come.

(2.8) Anti-Discrimination Law

Enacting a comprehensive anti-discrimination law that will criminalize discrimination based on age, sex, religion, gender, disability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation and gender identity in schools, workplaces, homes, places of public accommodation, and other settings is central to ensuring that every Filipino receives equal treatment and has equal access to opportunities.

(2.9) Positive Discipline and Anti-Corporal Punishment Bill

Pursue the passage of Positive Discipline and Anti-Corporal Punishment Bill to protect Filipino children from violence under the pretense of discipline and promote the use of positive and non-violent forms of discipline

 

III.

Amend or repeal existing laws on VAW towards making it more gender-responsive, including but not limited to (i) repeal of Art. 201 of the Revised Penal Code, or the Anti-Vagrancy Act; and (ii) amendment of R.A. 7877, expanding the definition of Sexual Harassment to include peer harassment and harassment in public places.