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Duterte Signed 133 Laws Since Assuming Office in 2016

Compared to the previous administration, the Duterte-led government has been more productive when it comes to passing important laws, according to Malacañang.

133 laws has been signed by President Duterte since he assumed office in 2016, which is significantly higher when compared to the 28 laws passed by the Aquino administration in its first two years. The data was based on the list prepared by the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO).

“Clearly, Duterte administration has been more productive in terms of policy-making when compared to the past administration,” said Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque.

The 133 signed laws are composed of 94 local laws 39 national laws including the ban on all forms of hazing, creation of the national feeding program, and the mental health policy law.


The local laws are mostly comprised of measures on naming or renaming of roads, creating or dividing barangays, and establishing, dividing, or converting schools.

Out of the 28 priority measures of the administration, eight have been signed into laws in the past year. The eight bills, according to Roque, are:

  • Republic Act No. 10963 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act, which allows lower personal income tax to offset higher taxes on cars, fuel, and sweetened beverages.
  • Republic Act No. 10931, which provides free tuition in state universities and colleges.
  • Republic Act No. 11036, which establishes a national mental health policy.
  • Republic Act No. 11037, which mandates the distribution of free lunch to undernourished children in public schools.
  • Republic Act No. 10969, which provides free irrigation service for local farmers who own eight hectares of land or less.
  • Republic Act No. 11032, which promotes ease of doing business and efficient delivery of government services
  • Republic Act No. 10968, which institutionalizes the Philippine Qualifications Framework.
  • Republic Act No. 11035, which establishes the Balik Scientist program.

via Manila Bulletin / Genalyn Kabiling

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