SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
14 September 2021 05:58:28 PM
To expedite the dispensation of justice, the House of Representatives under the leadership of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco on Tuesday, unanimously approved on third and final reading several House Bills creating additional family courts, Shari’a courts, as well as municipal and regional trial courts in different Judicial Regions across the country. When enacted into law, these measures would help unclog court dockets by reducing the caseloads of existing trial courts. HBs 9841, 9991, 9992, 9993, 9994, 9995, 9996, 9997, and 9998, which garnered 232 affirmative votes, would set up more court branches in Davao City, Puerto Princesa in Palawan, Municipalities of Candijay and Valencia in Bohol, Municipality of Labo in Camarines Norte, Passi City in Iloilo, Municipality of Plaridel in Misamis Oriental, Antipolo City in Rizal, Municipality of La Trinidad in Benguet, and Bacoor City in Cavite. Meanwhile, the House approved on second reading HBs 10063, 10064, 10065, 10066, 10067, 10068, 10069, 10067, 10068, 10069, 10070, 10071, 10072, 10073, 10074, 10075, 10076, and 10077, also seeking to create additional courts in various Judicial regions. Other bills approved on second reading were: 1) HB 10062, mandating the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to institutionalize a technical-vocational education and training and livelihood program designed for rehabilitated drug dependents; 2) HB 9851 or the proposed "Zero Spectrum User Fee for Telcos Using Wi-Fi Act”; 3) HB 10000, granting Philippine citizenship to Gaoming Qui; and 4) HB 10001, granting Philippine citizenship to Kwok Yam Ian Chan. Numerous local bills also received the final House nod, which would construct national highways, reclassify areas into agricultural lands, establish multi-species marine hatcheries, increase the capacity of existing medical centers, and declare sites as tourism destinations. Deputy Speaker Weslie Gatchalian presided over the hybrid plenary session.