May 25, 2016
Senate passes five bills sponsored by Sen.Pia
Five bills that were sponsored by Senator Pia S. Cayetano have hurdled third and final reading approval by the Senate on Monday’s session.
The measures, consisting of two landmark national bills and three covering education, could also be signed into laws soon before the 16th Congress adjourns on June 30.
Among the measures passed by the Senate is Senate Bill No.29, the Anti-Age discrimination in the Workplace Law, which prevents employers from posting advertisements that suggest preferences, limitations, specifications and discrimination of prospective hirees based on age.
The bill also makes it unlawful for employers to withhold the promotion of an employee or deny the latter of training opportunities, compensation and privileges merely on the basis of age. The House of Representatives has passed on third reading its counterpart bill also on Monday, bringing the much-anticipated measure several steps closer to becoming law.
The Senate on Monday likewise approved Cayetano’s ‘Anti-Mail Order Spouse Act’ (SBN 3209), which repeals the ‘Anti-Mail Order Bride Act’ by expanding its coverage and increasing its penalties for violators.
The bill prohibits any person from offeing a Filipino to a foreign national for marriage or common-law partnership on a mail-order basis or through personal introduction, or the use of email or websites on the internet. It will also be illegal to solicit or enlist any Filipino to become a member in any club or association whose objective is to match Filipino nationals to foregn nationals for the purpose of marriage and common law partnership for a fee.
The measure likewise seeks to establish and implement preventive, proptective and rehabilitative programs for victims of mail-order marriage and other similar schemes. Penalties for violators include imprisonment for 15 years and a fine of not less than five hundred thousand pesos (P500,000) but not more than one million pesos (P1,000,000).
On the other hand, three education bills sponsored by Sen. Cayetano have likewise made it past third and final reading, including SBN 3204, the Basic Life Support Training on Schools Bill. The measure seeks to integrate basic life support training into the comprehensive health and physical education curriculum of students in basic education. The measure has been previously approved by the House of Representatives as HB 6204.
Cayetano, the chairperson of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture, noted that two other education bills, one for tertiary and the other for basic education, were also able to get the approval of the Upper Chamber.
One of the measures is House Bill No. 6144 which shall merge the Mindanao University of the Science and Technology (MUST) with the Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology (MOSCAT) to form the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTSP), the first institution of its kind in the Mindanao region.
Lastly, HB 2817 separates the Barangay Magsaysay Annex of the Cagasat National High School in Cordon, Isabela to become an independent national high school to be known as Cordon National High School. #