SONA ‘wish lists’ of 3 partylists, Leyte Reps. Bared



By Rose de la Cruz


When it comes to aggressiveness nothing beats the stamina of partylist congressmen and Leyte Rep. Henry Ong, who of late reported their ‘wish lists’ of items or bills they filed to be certified urgent by President Duterte. But just like any other wishes, they may or may not be included in the coming state of the nation address (SONA) of the president.


Those who submitted their ‘wish lists’ to this site were: Reps. Milagros Aquino-Magsaysay (Senior Citizen partylist); Reps. Ron Salo and Ciriaco Calalang (Kabayan partylist); Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy (Bagong Henerasyon partylist) and Rep. Ong (lone district of Leyte).


Aquino-Magsaysay explained that “as our nation braces for a paradigm shift in demographics, reaching the ageing population mark by 2022, the growing senior citizen population, currently making up 8.7 million, or 7% of the country's total population, it is imperative  to institutionalize improved geriatric healthcare, economic participation, social protection, and greater community engagement for the elderly.”


She said she hopes to see the enactment of four bills that have direct impact on health, opportunities, protection and empowerment of the growing elderly population. These are HBs 06448 or the Philippine Geriatric Center Act; 05038 or the Universal Social Pension Act; 07030 or Anti Elderly Abuse Act and 06251 or the National Senior Citizens Commission Act.


Senior citizens make up the most vulnerable (yet fastest growing) sector of society. Without institutionalizing laws that would uphold the dignity and decency of their way of life in the present, it may be harder for our State to mitigate the impacts of the ageing population in the future.


The elderly has most contributed in building our nation, by paving the way of our economy through their hard work as well as strengthening our democratic institution by asserting their rights to suffrage.


Kabayan presented 10 urgent bills plus four other bills of national importance that it wished would be included in the President’s SONA and certified as urgent. These are: 1)   HB05784, or the Universal Health Care for All Filipinos; 2) HB03563 on the Basic Education System focusing on critical thinking, craftsmanship and character; 3) HB06775 on the Department of Housing; 4).   HB00192 on the Department of Migration and Development; 5) HB06033, entitling barangay officials to fixed salaries; 6) HB04277, granting additional incentives and benefits to barangay health workers; 7) HB07493, establishing barangay equalization fund status; 8) HB07527, institutionalizing daily minimum wage for private sector workers; 9). HB05347, establishing local government resettlement program and 10)HB03698, increasing the minimum salary of public school teachers.


Other important bills of national importance which Kabayan wish to be included in the SONA are: 1).   HB06968, relocating the seat of government from Metro Manila to Davao City; 2). HB07200, establishing the Philippine Data Interconnectivity System; 3) HB05707, rightsizing the national government for improved public service delivery and 4) HB05811, providing the Magna Carta of the poor.


Herrera-Dy’s wish list includes:  1) HB05784, universal health care for all Filipinos; 2). HB04813, establishing rehabilitation centers for children and youth with disabilities nationwide; 3) HB06056, providing for a bill of rights for air passengers and carrier obligations; 4). HB07513, declaring 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. as unsafe hours for loitering, roaming around, sleeping or meandering of children in public places; 5) HB04113, increasing the maternity leave period to 100 days for female workers; 6). HB06550, instituting the magna carta of day-care workers; 7). HB04982, prohibiting the discrimination on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression and 8). HB07896, transferring selected national government agencies and government owned and controlled corporation to New Clark City.


Rep. Ong of the 2nd District of Leyte’s wish list includes: 1).  HB05000. Providing the regulation and supervision of payment systems status; 2).  HB06112, mandating the installation of safety monitoring devices in public utility vehicles; 3). HB06229, requiring all employees and officials of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to commute via public transport at least once a week during weekday rush hours; 4).  HB07742, reinforcing the corporate viability of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and 5).  HB04982, prohibiting discrimination on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.


He also enumerated bills that should get emphasis in the House as they deal with practical daily financial concerns of the Filipino households and entrepreneurs such as: 1) HB02645, providing prot5ection to cooperative depositors and establishing the Philippine Cooperative Insurance Corporation; 2) HB02711, defining the offense of economic sabotage through soliciting, selling or offering to sell a pre-need plan through false and misleading representation and other fraudulent means; 3). HB02758, prohibiting banks from imposing service charges or other fees on savings or current accounts for failing to comply with the bank’s required minimum maintaining balance; 4). HB04371, allowing the use of credit or debit cards as payment of taxes; 5). HB04425, making ATM machines accessible to visually-impaired individuals; 6). HB05399, allowing the use of credit or debit cards to pay for real property and other local government-imposed taxes, charges and fees; 6). HB05436, regulating the equity crowdfunding amending the Securities Regulation Code; 7). HB06700, mandating the Development Bank of the Philippines to undertake rebuilding and repair of the residences and commercial buildings in Marawi City and 8). HB07135, establishing the corporate cybersecurity standards for banks, financial institutions and securities.

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