Beng lauds Pnoy’s signing of health care, power acts PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 July 2011 17:29

House Deputy Speaker Beng Climaco the other day lauded the signing into law of four measures that seeks to ensure greater access to health care and electricity stressing these would help boost the Social Reform Agenda of the Aquino administration.

The four measures signed into law June 21 by President Noynoy Aquino include covers the Act allowing the employment of women night workers, an Act providing for Mandatory immunization services for infants and children, extending the Implementation of the Lifeline Rate and Extending the Period of Existence of the Joint Congressional Power Commission.

Cong. Climaco, who is a member  of the Joint Congressional Power Commission (JCPC) was present during the signing of the ceremonies held at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall in Malacanang along with Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and some other members of the House and officials from the Office of the President.

Climaco said the enactment of the four laws is considered as one of the major accomplishments of the first session of the 15th Congress.
The law Rationalizing Night Work for Women removes gender discrimination in the workplace while the mandatory Infant-health immunization act of 2011 subsidizes the expenses for Hepatitis-B vaccination to be directed in a public health facility that will encourage parents to complete all phases of immunization for their children. On the other hand, the Lifeline rate extension provides that customes of Manila Electric Company consuming up to 100 kilowatt hour per month will get 50 percent discount, while those with 51 to 70 kilowatt hour average monthly consumption are getting 35 percent discount. Those who consume 71 to 100 kilowatt hour have 20 percent discount.

The extension of the period of existence of the JCPC meanwhile, will give the commission ample time to come up with measures to help improve the operation of existing cooperatives such as the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, according to Climaco.

She stressed that the House of Representatives is working hand in hand with the other agencies of government in a bid to come up with more measures intended to help eradicate poverty. — Marvin Segura