By: Nanette Guadalquiver
BACOLOD CITY – Bacolod City lone district Rep. Greg Gasataya has filed10 bills ahead of the opening of the 18th Congress later this month, a list provided by his office on Thursday showed.
Gasataya, who took his oath before Senate Majority Floor Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri last Monday, said for his second term, he is more driven, more inspired and more than ready to be the instrument of progress.
“This is a rare opportunity. I am just here because you chose me to represent you. I will make the most out of it to create a legacy of genuine, honest, responsive, and sincere public service,” the lawmaker said.
Specifically, for Bacolod, the proposed measures he filed include House Bill (HB) 566, which seeks to create the first and second legislative districts in the city by apportioning the lone legislative district of Bacolod, and HB 567, to create the Bacolod City Ports Authority.
He also filed HB 570 to establish the Bacolod City District Hospital; HB 571 to establish the Commission on Higher Education office in the lone district of Bacolod, and HB 575 to establish a Professional Regulation Commission office in Bacolod.
Gasataya also filed HB 572, which seeks to create two additional branches of the municipal trial court in cities in Bacolod, amending Section 29 of Batas Pambansa Bilang 129, otherwise known as the Judiciary Reorganization Act of 1980.
Other bills filed by the Bacolod lawmaker include HB 568, which seeks to grant scholarships to persons with disability (PWDs) and their children and appropriate funds; and HB 569 (Adjusted Class Hours Act of 2019), to regulate the start of class hours in public and private educational institutions in the Philippines.
Included as well are HB 573 (Universities and Colleges Mental Health Act of 2019), to recruit, hire and train additional university-based mental health personnel; and HB 574 (Single-use Plastic Product Regulation Act of 2019), to regulate the manufacturing, importation, and use of single-use plastic products and providing penalties, levies, and an incentives system for industries, business enterprises, and consumers. (PNA)