Romualdez backs live broadcast of House sessions
HOUSE Independent Bloc leader Rep. Martin Romualdez of Leyte assured the people of transparency in government as a proposed measure seeking for a live media coverage of Congress proceedings was approved by the House Committee on Public Information.
Romualdez is pushing for the enactment into law of House Bill 4049 as it passes the committee level and will be submitted to the plenary for debate and approval by the majority.
“This reform will help promote transparency and accountability in government. Our constituents deserved to be informed for we owe them why we are here,” said Romualdez, a lawyer and president of the Philippine Constitution Association.
HB 4049 aims to allow the live broadcast of all proceedings in both houses in Congress proceedings in the state-owned PTV Channel 4. The bill’s principal author is Buhay Hayaang Yumabong party-list Rep. Lito Atienza, who is a member of the Romualdez-led House Independent Minority bloc.
Filed on March 2014, HB 4049 seeks to amend Section 9 of Republic Act No. 7306—the law that formally established PTV-4 “defining its powers and functions, providing for its sources of funding and for other purposes.”
“The public must witness how members of the House are performing and responding to the call of their legislative duties such as attending sessions to pass laws and attend congressional hearings in aid of legislation,” Romualdez said.
Under HB 4049, all proceedings of the sessions and committee hearings of the Senate and House of Representatives from gavel to gavel will be shown live without editing nor commentary over PTV-4.