ZAMBOANGA Representative Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said Thursday that she has filed eight bills, five of those were filed Thursday while the other three were filed last July 1.

Salazar said the eight bills will guarantee ample protection for children, women as well as ensures amendment to the climate change law and establishes additional branches for the Regional and Municipal Trial Courts.

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She said the five bills that were filed Thursday include the bill for the Special Protection for Children in Armed Conflict; Magna Carta of Students; Creation and Strengthening of the Local Youth Development Council in every municipality, city and province; bill mandating implementation of a national multi-sectoral program on good citizenship and amendment of Climate Change Act of 2009.

Salazar said the bills that she filed last July 1 include amending the Crime of Adultery and Concubinage into Marital Infidelity, amending the Crime of Rape and an Act the establishment additional branches for Regional Trial Court and Municipal Trial Court in Zamboanga City.

Salazar said the bills that she filed for consideration by the 15th Congress, which will convene on July 26, are apart from the resolution concerning the request to defer the holding of the barangay elections.

The election for the barangay officials is set to be held in October this year.

Salazar said the bills, which she filed before the House of Representatives, were based on the results of her consultation with the concerned sectors.

She said that during her first term as congresswoman she co-authored at least 54 bills that help augment the quality of the lives of the Zamboangueños.

One of the most important bills Salazar has co-authored is the Magna Carta for Women, which is now known as the Republic Act 9710. (Bong Garcia)