After a long break, Senate and Congress are now back to session. On its first day, Senate had passed House Bill 353 and will be known as “Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act”. This bill requires TELCOS to send early warnings through short message service in the event of natural and/or man-made disasters, including other useful information like evacuation areas and relief distribution sites during such situations. Companies who will fail to abide with this Act will be fine 10 million PHP.
Senate President Franklin Drilon said, “We can greatly use the instantaneous, flexible and reliable short message service technology as a potent tool during disaster situations – one that is intimately understood and easily accessed by millions of Filipinos who have cellphones.”
Bangsamoro Basic Law among priorities
House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said that the House of Representatives has a list of priority bills that was agreed upon with Senate. “Priority is on economic bills plus the Bangsamoro [Basic Law],” Belmonte said.
“The bills that Congress will pass reflect the government’s commitment to address the most basic and pressing concerns of our countrymen which include education, health and our ability to prepare for the dangers of upcoming emergencies,” Drilon said.