Aquino signs 4 new laws

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011


PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday signed four new proposed laws at a ceremony in Malacañang.

The bills that were signed include:

-An act extending the implementation of the lifeline rate, amending for the purpose Section 73 of Republic Act 9136 otherwise known as the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira) of 2001;

-Joint Resolution 1 extending the period of existence of the Joint Congressional Power Commission;

-An act allowing the employment of night workers thereby repealing articles 130 and 131 of Presidential Decree (PD) 442, as amended, otherwise known as the Labor Code of the Philippines; and

- An act providing for the mandatory basic immunization services for infants and children repealing for the purpose PD 996, as amended.

“Our administration was voted into office because our people believed in the promise of change — the promise of being able to walk into a hospital and see a doctor when they or their children need to; the promise of being able to overcome the widespread poverty that has for so long crippled this nation; and the promise that our administration would create in this country a level-playing field for people and businesses alike,” Aquino said in his speech.

“I am signing these bills that will move us not one, but four steps closer to fulfilling these promises,” he further said.

The bill on the postponement of August 8 election in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) was not included in the bills that Aquino signed Tuesday. The President certified this bill as urgent.

Aquino said the Armm bill is set to be signed on June 30.

He noted that he wanted the principal sponsors of the bill to be present when the bill is signed. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)

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