Kamakailan lang ay pinapurihan ng Inter-Agency Task Force on Constitutional Reform (IATF-CORE) na pinangungunahan ng Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) ang unang public hearing ng Senado ukol sa mungkahing tanggalin ang protectionist provisions sa Konstitusyon na nagbabawal o naghihigpit sa mga foreign investor na magmay-ari ng ilang industriya o makilahok sa ilang mga industrial o commercial activities na nakareserba sa mga Pinoy.
Ang proposals ay hinain nina Senator Francis “Tol” N. Tolentino, Senator Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa, at Senator Richard J. Gordon.
“The start of public hearings in the Senate is an important step in revisiting the provisions of the Charter and make it more responsive to our current need which is to restart and boost the economy this year,” pahayag ni DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya.
Ayon sa kanya, mas kinakailangan ngayon ng bansa ang pagpasok ng foreign investment dahil sa pandemya.
Sa katunayan, sa ulat ng UP Research and Extension Services Foundation-Regulatory Reform Support Program for National Development (UPPAF-RESPOND), babawasan ng foreign ownership ng ilang industriya sa Pinas ang unemployment rate ng 40%.
Ayon sa pag-aaral, “The new jobs will totally offset the annual job losses in domestic trade, finance, real estate and business services, and allow for significant job recovery rates in manufacturing (38%), construction (35%), other services including health and tourism (25%) and transport and storage (19%).”
Kumpiyansa si Usec. Malaya na ipapasa ng Senado ang naturang economic reforms para sa long-term economic recovery.
Nito lamang Enero 13 ay isinumite ng IATF-CORE ang 555,610 pirma at LGU resolutions na sumusuporta sa naturang hakbang kay Rep. Alfredo Garbin, Jr., chairperson ng House of Representatives Committee on Constitutional Amendments.
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