Special Yuletide Forum on Security of Tenure Bills and Other Legislative Updates

The Human Capital and Resources (HCR) and Legislative (LegCom) Committees of AmCham organized a special forum this month of December to tackle security of tenure related bills and other legislative updates in the 17th Congress.

The event started with an informative legislative update by the LegCom Chairman, Mr. John Forbes focusing on the development of the 12 priority legislation of the Joint Foreign Chambers* and several Philippine Business Groups**. The top 12 in priority list are as follows:

  1. Constitutional Amendments (Economic Provisions)
  2. Comprehensive Tax Reform Package
  3. Apprenticeship Reform
  4. Build-Operate-Transfer Law amendments
  5. Freedom of Information
  6. Corporation Code amendments
  7. Public Service Act amendments
  8. Telcom Reforms
  9. Water Sector Reform
  10. Bank Secrecy Law amendments
  11. Emergency Powers to address traffic and transportation crisis
  12. Retail Trade Act amendments

The second part of the program was led by the HCR Committee Chairman, Mr. Ernesto Cecilia, who introduced the guest speaker Representative Mark Go, from the House of Representatives .

Congressman Go’s presentation focused on the bills he filed / co-filed in the 17th Congress. As expected, he presented an update on the Security of Tenure bills in which he noted only focuses on 3 things: (1) update, (2) simplify, and (3) plug loopholes. Other bills he stated during the talk were the Compressed Work Week bill, Service Incentive Leave, Tax Reform, Ease of Doing Business, among others.
The event adjourned with a presentation of award to Mr. Cecilia for being a hero in protecting the employers’ interests in the discussion of the Security of Tenure bills in the 17th Congress, as well as a presentation of a token of appreciation to Congressman Mark Go.

We would like to thank FedEx for their continued support as a sponsor of this event.

*American Chamber of Commerce of the Phils., Inc Australian-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce(Phils.), Inc., Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, European Chamber of Commerce of the Phils., Inc., Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of the Phils., Inc, Korean Chamber of Commerce of the Phils., Inc., and the Philippine Association of Multinational Companies Regional Headquarters, Inc.
**Alyansa Agrikultura, Bankers Association of the Philippines, Financial Executives of the Philippines, Foundation for Economic Freedom, IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines, Makati Business Club, Management Association of the Philippines, Inc., Semiconductors Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Inc.