Baguio City – Personnel from the National Economic and Development Authority Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (NEDA-LEDAC) and the NEDA Legal Staff led by Director Jocelyn P. Reyes oriented the NEDA CAR about the mandate and functions of the LEDAC and PLLO during their visit last November 7, 2013.

Atty. Baby Catherine Cruz of the LEDAC Secretariat said the council is basically a consultative and advisory body that assists the President on critical programs and policies with big implications to the national economic goals. LEDAC is headed by the President himself with the LEDAC Secretariat, the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES), and the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO) as the workforce.

Asked on the possibility of a regional representative to LEDAC, Dir. Reyes said that the LEDAC is a high level group comprised of the President, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, 7 Cabinet members, 3 from the Senate, 3 from the House of Representatives, and 1 representative from the Local Government Units (LGUs), youth sector and the private sector.

Director Evelyn Ruiz of the PLLO discussed the functions of her office and how it can be of help to the regions. Dir. Ruiz advised the NEDA CAR to have bills certified by the president as urgent, because the President’s certification definitely fast-track the passage of a bill.

Atty. Jason de la Torre of the LEDAC secretariat, who talked on the Philippine Statistical Act (PSA) of 2013, recalled how the PLLO helped in the fast-tracking of the bill.  The PSA will merge various statistical agencies like National Statistics Office (NSO), National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS), Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES) into a one big Philippine Statistics Office.

Other issues tackled during the forum include the RA 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees and RA 7877, an Act declaring sexual harassment unlawful.