House approves 8 national bills

Posted at 02/11/14 8:33 AM

MANILA -- The House of Representatives on Monday approved on 3rd reading House Bill 353, mandating telecommunications companies to send free text alerts to their subscribers in times of natural and man-made disasters and calamities.

At the same time, it also approved House Bill 3766, naming the Maritime Industry Authority as the only maritime administration to implement and enforce the 1978 International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers.

House Bills 353 and 3766 were some of eight national bills for 3rd reading that were adopted by the Lower Chamber in the plenary session on Monday.

The other national bills are:
House Bill 395 which institutes reforms in the subdivision and condominium buyers’ protective decree;
House bill 398 which provides for mandatory pregnancy testing of all women of childbearing age who will undergo cosmetic surgery;
House Bill 1617 which establishes the mercury exposure information program;
House Bill 3515 which prescribes the mechanisms to facilitate the disposition of idle government-owned lands for socialized housing;
House Bill 3727 which requires healthcare facilities to provide a price list of its healthcare services including incidental expenses and medical supplies that can be charged in the medical bill;
House Bill 3728 which mandates ocular prophylaxis on newborns

Of these bills, only the Marina Bill is known to have a counterpart in the Senate.