SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
24 November 2021 04:07:12 PM
The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading House Bill 10461, establishing the Barangay Integrated Development Approach for Nutrition Improvement (BIDANI) of the rural poor as a linkage program for all state universities and colleges (SUCs) as well as community colleges. The measure seeks to facilitate the implementation of the country’s nutrition program by mandating the cooperation and participation of academic institutions and local government units in advancing nutritional well-being in the countryside. When enacted into law, the BIDANI would help LGUs build their capacity to integrate nutrition concerns in programs that support the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN), and in so doing combat malnutrition, food and nutrition insecurity, social deprivation, and poverty. Also passed on second reading was HB 10303, providing stronger measures to preserve agricultural land and regulate its conversion for non-agricultural purposes. It aims to minimize graft and corruption in agricultural land conversion brought about by conflicting laws, policies, and administrative activities of government agencies. The bill would mandate the Secretaries of the Department of Agrarian Reform, the Department of Agriculture, and other concerned departments to offer technical assistance to LGUs in developing programs to regulate the conversion of prime agricultural land. Other measures passed on second reading were: 1) HB 10355 or the proposed "Separate Facility for High-level Offenders Act”; 2) HB 10504, strengthening local sports programs to develop young athletes; and 3) HB 10502, establishing a College of Medicine in the President Ramon Magsaysay State University (PRMSU)-Main Campus. The hybrid session was presided over by Deputy Speakers Juan Pablo Bondoc and Kristine Singson-Meehan.