House passes 428 bills

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THE House of Representatives has passed 428 bills since the start of the 17th Congress in July 2016, the committee on rules said on Friday.

A total 30 of the 428 approved bills were enacted into law, including seven since the Second Regular Session opened last July 24, 2017, according to the committee.

Congressmen filed a total 7,975 bills and resolutions to date with 1,810 of them processed during 130 session days, or an average of 14 measures processed per session day. A total 420 committee reports were also produced.

The 6,549 bills and 1,426 resolutions filed seek to address the priority concerns of lawmakers such as poverty eradication, public safety and order, justice, gender equality, health, education, protection of women, children and elderly, environmental protection, and rights of Indigenous Peoples, among others.

“This shows the hard work and dedication of the various House committees in acting on the various measures filed,” the committee said in a statement.

Among the bills that became law were House Bill 4767 extending the validity of Philippine passports, which was enacted into Republic Act 10928. The bill was principally authored by Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

HB 5525, principally authored by Rep. Gus Tambunting, was enacted into RA 10929, which establishes the free Internet access in public places.

HB 6548, principally authored by Rep. Cesar Sarmiento, was enacted into RA 10930, which extends the validity period of drivers’ licenses.

HB 5633, principally authored by Rep. Ann Hofer, was enacted as RA 10931, which provides for free tuition and other school fees in state universities and colleges and state-run technical-vocational institutions.

HB 5159, principally authored by Rep. Tom Villarin, was enacted as RA 10932, which prohibits the demand of deposits or advanced payments for the confinement or treatment of patients in hospitals and medical clinics in certain cases.

HB 5513, principally authored by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, was enacted into RA 10951, which adjusts the amount or value of property and damage on which a penalty is based, and the fines imposed under the Revised Penal Code.

HB 6308, principally authored by Rep. Robert Barbers, was enacted into RA 10952, which postpones the October 23, 2017 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

Meanwhile, a total of 289 bills were approved on third and final reading since the 17th Congress convened, consisting of 100 national bills, 187 local bills and two joint resolutions.

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