SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
20 September 2021 07:57:04 PM
Given the on-going health risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the House of Representatives under the leadership of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco on Monday, adopted House Resolution 2231, which urges the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to extend the deadline for voter registration in the country and abroad to prevent voter disenfranchisement. Currently, the voter registration deadline is until September 30. Meanwhile, the House also approved several measures on third and final reading, which included House Bill 9826 or the Boracay Island Development Authority (BIDA) Act. The proposed measure, which received 192 affirmative and seven negative votes, seeks to create the BIDA, a government-owned and controlled corporation, that would manage, operate, develop, preserve, and rehabilitate the Boracay Island Development Zone. The zone would include Boracay Island and its surrounding islets. Likewise, HB 9583 was approved, with 192 affirmative and seven negative votes. The measure seeks to provide the mode of disposition of alienable and disposable lands, as well as regulate the use and development of the areas in Boracay Island to stimulate economic growth. Unanimously approved with 175 votes was HB 10107 or the proposed "Philippine Creative Industries Development Act." Lastly, bills granting or renewing the franchises of the following were also approved on final reading : 1) HB 10199, Lucky 8 Star Quest Inc.; 2) HB 10124, Prime Broadcasting Network, Inc.; 3) HB 10125, National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP); 4) HB 10192, Capricom Broadcasting Network Corp.; 5) HB 10193, Linkserve Telecommunications Network, Inc.; 6) HB 10194, Derecho Telecommunications, Inc.; 7) HB 10195, Unicorn Communications Corporation; 8) HB 10196, Estate of Mr. Amado L. Ola, OPC Doing Business As Amapola Broadcasting System; and 9) HB 10197, Purple Flower Telecommunication Corp. The hybrid session was presided over by Deputy Speaker Kristine Singson-Meehan.