House oks bills promoting welfare of abused, elderly

BOAC, Marinduque — True to its commitment of protecting the vulnerable, the House of Representatives led by Marinduque Representative and Speaker Lord Allan Velasco unanimously approved on third and final reading Monday, House Bill 10658, which would strengthen policies on anti-trafficking of persons. The bill received 197 affirmative votes.

When enacted into law, it would enhance the ability of law enforcement agencies through the advancement of technology in investigating child trafficking and online exploitation cases.

HB 10703 or the proposed “Anti-Sexual Abuse or Exploitation of Children” was also unanimously approved on third and final reading, with 203 affirmative votes. It seeks to implement countermeasures to prevent, respond, and possibly end child sexual abuse and exploitation.

The Inter-Agency Council Against Child Sexual Abuse or Exploitation would be established to implement the provisions of the Act, including the development of a system of reporting and protocols in detecting, averting, and prosecuting such crimes.

Legislators likewise unanimously passed on third and final reading with 193 votes HB 10647, granting additional monetary benefits to Filipino centenarians, and recognizing octogenarians and nonagenarians.

Through this bill, senior citizens who reach 100 years old may expect a centenarian gift of P100,000 and P1 million on their 101st birthday. Filipinos who reach the age of 80, 85, 90, and 95 may also receive a cash gift of P25,000. These were among the vital bills passed by the House.

The hybrid plenary session was presided over by Speaker Velasco, as well as Deputy Speakers Marlyn Alonte and Roberto Puno. —

Marinduque News

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