House approves bill abolishing Presidential Commission on Good Government

  • The House of Representatives approved the bill which proposes to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG)
  • However, a counterpart bill from the Senate needs to be passed for the measure to be forwarded for bicameral consultations
  • The bill which was principally authored by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez aims to eliminate the overlap of functions among government agencies

The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved the bill which proposes to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG).

PCGG is the agency tasked with recovering billions of dollars allegedly plundered by the late Ferdinand Marcos and his allies.

With the votes coming to 162-10, lawmakers approved House Bill 7376 or the proposed “Office of the Solicitor General Charter” on the third and final reading.

A counterpart bill from the Senate, however, needs to be passed for the measure to be forwarded for bicameral consultations.

The bill also abolishes the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) and merges the two agencies with “Office of the Solicitor General.”

The bill is principally authored by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

It aims to eliminate the overlap of functions among government agencies, to consolidate state legal services into one office, and to effectively address the expanding needs of government-owned and –controlled corporations in order to improve the fiscal management as well as good corporate governance.

In 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte said he was planning to replace the PCGG with an “anti-graft” agency.

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