SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
29 October 2020 07:50:01 PM
The House Committee on Basic Education and Culture, chaired by Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo, passed a substitute bill on Thursday which seeks to protect cultural properties such as natural historical landmarks, monuments and shrines from “photobombers”. The Substitute Bill to House Bill 102 or the proposed “Cultural Property Sightline Act” authored by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman seeks to protect the physical integrity of cultural properties from adverse visual impact by penalizing any obstruction to their view and sightline. The measure seeks to amend for this purpose Republic Act (RA) 10066 otherwise known as the “National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009”. The panel also created a technical working group (TWG) to come up with a substitute bill to the three consolidated bills seeking to amend Republic Act 6728, otherwise known as the “Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE) Act”, as amended by RA 8545 or the Expanded GASTPE. HB 3781, authored by Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, provides for an expanded voucher system in the elementary and secondary education. HB 7635 by Laguna Rep. Ruth Mariano-Hernandez seeks to expand the assistance for students in Grades 4 to 6, and teachers in private elementary schools. Meanwhile, HB 7667 by Romulo proposes further amendments to include students and teachers in private elementary schools as beneficiaries of the Expanded GASTPE program. The panel designated Hernandez to chair the TWG.