Campaigns and elections are over, now it’s time for the newly-elect senators to keep their promises to the Filipino people. On first working day, Senators rush to file their bills and legislative priorities.
The order of filing was raffled off by Senate Secretary Emma Lirio-Reyes who was assisted by Deputy Secretary Edwin Bellen and Director for Legislation Renato Bantug, respectively.
Some of the bills filed are as follows:
Grace Poe, a newcomer, filed the proposed Sustansiya sa Batang Pilipino Act, which aims to provide free nutri-meals to school children in public schools. She also proposed the Film Tourism Act, which objective is to make film tourism a business priority.
Binay, on the other hand, lines up 15 priority bills. Among her bills are The Employers Child Care Centers Act of 2013; Parents in Jail Act of 2013; Special Education Act of 2013, Women’s and Children’s Resource Development and Crisis Assistance Act of 2013; The Indigent Children Free Medical and Dental Service Act; Firecracker Safety Law; Women and Gender Education Act.
The Anti-Corporate Punishment Act of 2013; The E-Vaw Law of 2013, Rest Period for Women Employees; Sex Offenders School Access Prohibition Act; Philippine Arbitration Commission Act of 2013; Petroleum Exploration and Development Act; Sugar Cane Industry Development Act of 2013 and the Food Fortification Act.
Marcos, filed a bill amending Section 6 of Republic Act 10175, a proposed Act defining cybercrime and providing for the prevention, investigation and imposition of penalties therefor; a bill imposing a three-year moratorium on the creation or conversion of state universities and colleges; a bill providing Barangay officials, including Barangay Tanods, members of the Lupon ng Tagamayapa, Barangay health workers and Barangay day care workers a retirement benefit; a bill mandating the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) to accelerate national irrigation development program; and a bill increasing pensions under the Social Security System.
Incoming Senator Cynthia Villar, who was the eighth to file her bills, filed the proposed Department of Overseas Filipino Workers Act; the proposed Anti “No Permit, No Exam Policy Act; the proposed Accelerated Irrigation Act; the proposed Investments and Incentives Code, and the Act providing an assistance program for overseas Filipino workers in distress.
Among the bills filed by Sotto included a bill creating a special court to be known as the Dangerous Drugs Court; an Act amending Section 21 of Republic Act No. 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Drugs Act of 2002; a bill providing for affordable drug rehabilitation treatment for the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) beneficiaries; a bill prohibiting any person from allowing children 12 years old and below to ride at the back of a motorcycle when travelling along public and private roads; and a bill amending Section 150 of R.A. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991.
Legarda filed the Pantawid Tuition Program, which aims to fund one college scholar for every poor family; the Pag-Asa Modernization bill, which seeks to provide funding for the three-year modernization of the state weather bureau; the Magna Carta for School Teachers; the National Land Use bill, and the creation of the Philippine River Basin System Administration, a bill adopting the integrated river basin management approach as a comprehensive framework in developing and managing the country’s river basin systems.
Among the first bills filed include proposed laws creating Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers, instituting a new OWWA Charter, and providing Magna Carta for Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Workers. He also seeks to amend certain sections of the Labor Code to strengthen worker’s right to self-organization, and to strengthen the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC).
Moreover, Jinggoy proposes to increase Personnel Economic Relief Assistance (PERA) to government employees to 4,000 pesos, and to provide additional support, benefits and compensation for barangay officials.
Sen. Estrada is also pushing for the establishment of regulatory standards for trainings and employment of apprentices to provide the youth with skills and access to employment, and for the protection and enhancement of welfare of self-employed workers and craftsmen.
Sen. Estrada served as Chairman of the Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development during the previous Congress. He concurrently chaired the Congressional Oversight Committee on Labor and Employment and Congressional Oversight Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs.
Also included in his list of priority measures are bills providing special protection of children in armed conflict, amending the Domestic Adoption Act and the Cooperative Code, and transferring the supervision of the police academy and training institute from the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) to the Philippine National Police (PNP).
While, Bam Aquino’s legislation will be people-centered.
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