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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



01 December 2021 08:00:13 PM

The House of Representatives under the leadership of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco unanimously approved on third and final reading Wednesday, House Bill 10329 or the proposed “Public Schools of the Future in Technology (PSOFT) Act”. It received 221 affirmative votes. The measure would institutionalize a program for the integration of digital technology and innovation in public basic education. It would likewise create the Public Schools of the Future in Technology Inter-Agency Task Force (PSOFT-IATF) to develop the PSOFT Road Map. The House also unanimously passed HB 10388 or the proposed “Housing Development Digital Connectivity Act” on third and final reading, with 224 affirmative votes. This would require all housing developments to set aside a portion of their designated open space for information and communication technology infrastructure and amenities. Likewise, the House unanimously passed on third and final reading HB 10459, providing for the right of married women to retain their maiden surnames. It would amend for this purpose Article 370 of Republic Act 386 or the “New Civil Code of the Philippines.” The bill garnered 227 affirmative votes. Other measures approved on final reading were: 1) HB 10330 or the proposed "National Museum of Filipino Women Act”; 2) HB 10355, establishing a separate facility for high-level offenders and appropriate funds therefor; 3) HB 10372, repealing the reserva troncal provision under Article 891 of RA 386, as amended, or “The New Civil Code of the Philippines”; 4) HB 10392, requiring local government units to earmark at least 15 percent of their national tax allotment share for health services; 5) HB 10410, promoting inclusive and sustainable productivity growth; 6) HB 10453 or the proposed “Philippine Self-reliant Defense Posture Program Act”; 7) HB 10455, simplifying the definition of the term “Year”; 8) HB 10460 or the proposed “Barangay Integrated Development Approach for Nutrition Improvement (BIDANI) Act”; 9) HB 10504, strengthening local sports programs to develop young athletes; 10) HB 10461 or the proposed “National College for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (NCSTEM) Act”; and 11) HB 10502, establishing a College of Medicine in the President Ramon Magsaysay State Univeristy – Main Campus. The hybrid session was presided over by Deputy Speakers Neptali Gonzales II, Weslie Gatchalian, Kristine Singson-Meehan, and Juan Pablo Bondoc.