SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
15 September 2021 07:32:39 PM
The House of Representatives under the leadership of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco on Wednesday approved on third and final reading House Bill 10121, which would reset the First Regular Elections in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) from 2022 to 2025. It was unanimously passed with 187 affirmative votes. President Rodrigo Duterte himself certified the bill as urgent after it hurdled Second Reading last Monday. The bill would synchronize the Bangsamoro Government’s first regular election with the 2025 national elections. HB 9950 or the proposed “Cash Assistance for Filipino Farmers” was likewise approved on third and final reading, with 195 affirmative votes. The bill would allow the Department of Agriculture (DA) to use revenues from annual tariff collections in excess of P10-billion for direct cash assistance to farmers cultivating two hectares or less of rice land until 2024. Others passed on final reading were: 1) HB 8942 or the proposed “Ease of Paying Taxes Act,” which received 193 affirmative votes; 2) HB 10057, which would strengthen the conservation and protection of Philippine cultural heritage through cultural mapping and an enhanced cultural heritage education program. The measure received 200 affirmative votes; and, 3) HB 10021, seeking to reapportion South Cotabato into three legislative districts, with 197 affirmative votes. Meanwhile, the House passed on second reading 1) HB 10171, seeking to institutionalize the 1989 University of the Philippines – Department of National Defense (UP-DND) Accord, 2) HB 7425, seeking to impose value-added tax on digital transactions in the Philippines, 3) HB 10154 or the proposed “Science for Change Program,” 4) HB 10098 or the proposed “Online Network Philippines Act,” and 5) HB 10022 or the proposed “Local Sectoral Representation Act.” The hybrid plenary session was presided over by Deputy Speakers Rodante Marcoleta and Bernadette Herrera.