Bato seeks to include substance abuse education in K-12 Program
Aileen Cerrudo • July 19, 2019 • 940
Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa has filed a Senate bill that seeks to include substance abuse education in the K-12 program.
Based on his Senate Bill No. 228, substance abuse prevention education should be included from 4th Grade to the 12th Grade. This aims to equip students with sufficient knowledge and information about the dangers of substance abuse.
“The youth, once involved in drug abuse will likely have academic, relationship and health problems. This leads to lower grades, dropping out from schools and having damaged physical, cognitive and emotional development,” he said.
Based on the data of the Dangerous Drugs Board, there are 4.8 million Filipinos aged 10 to 69 who have used illegal drugs at least once in their lives.
The youngest drug surrenderer and youngest recorded minor rescued for substance abuse were seven-year-olds. —AAC
The Senate, on Monday (December 9), has passed a bill for third and final reading, seeking to extend the validity of firearms licenses from two years to five years.
With 20 votes in favor, zero against and zero abstention, the Senate passed Senate Bill No. 1155 which seeks to amend Republic Act No. 10591 or the “Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act”.
Under the measure, the registration of a firearm shall be renewed every five years from the birth date of the licensee.
“Failure to renew the registration of the firearm on or before the date of its expiration shall cause the revocation of the license. The said firearm shall be confiscated or forfeited in favor of the government after due process,” according to the bill.
During his sponsorship speech, Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa said that a lack of practical renewal policies hinders gun owners from renewing their firearms.
“In a country like ours, gun ownership is a privilege that is hidden behind numerous documentary requirements and countless conditions that must be met; then and only then can one avail of such privilege,” he said.
“We are for the promotion of safety measures. We are for the protection of our people. But surely, and that is what this bill ensures, it would be better if it would not take a mountain of work for us to do so,” he added.—AAC
MANILA, Philippines – The proposed measures seeking to establish a central water agency that would focus on water, sewerage and sanitation are set to be discussed at the Senate on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
The hearing will be jointly conducted by the Senate committees on public services, civil service, government reorganization and professional regulation, ways and means and finance.
“We need a lead agency whose ultimate responsibility would be the provision of adequate and safe water supply, not just for household and commercial needs, but for our farms,” Senator Grace Poe, who chairs the committee on public services said in a statement.
“What we currently have is a fragmented regulatory framework for water that has limited powers, which has a significant impact on the delivery of water and sanitation services in the country,” she added.
The hearing will tackle the eight bills seeking the creation of a water agency that are pending before the committee. These were filed by Poe, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senators Lito Lapid and Ramon Revilla Jr.
It will also discuss the three bills proposing the creation of a Department of Water Resources Management filed by Senators Manny Pacquiao, Francis Tolentino and Ronald Dela Rosa.
Poe said the hearing will also offer an opportunity to discuss questions about the government contracts with water concessionaires, Maynilad and Manila Water.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier slammed the water firms for the alleged ‘onerous’ provisions in their concession agreements which were signed with the government in 1997.
The lawmaker expressed optimism that the Senate can pass its version of the water agency bill soon, emphasizing that the water bill is among the President’s list of priority legislature.
“We want assurance of the people’s right to clean and steady supply of water,” she said.
MANILA, Philippines – The Senate on Monday adopted a resolution commending Police Senior Master Sergeant Jason Magno for his selfless act of sacrificing his life to shield others from a grenade blast in a school in Misamis Oriental last week.
Senate Resolution No. 229, introduced by Senators Juan Edgardo Angara, Panfilo Lacson and Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, lauded Magno for his extraordinary bravery and heroism to save the lives of others at the cost of his own.
“The Senate honors and commend the late Police Senior Master Sergeant Jason Janog Magno for his extraordinary bravery, heroism and instinct to protect and save the lives of his fellow men at the cost of his own going beyond his sworn duty to serve and to protect,” it said.
Magno, a police explosive ordnance disposal specialist, died last Nov. 28 after he and his partner, Senior Master Sergeant Alice Balido, responded to complaints of a man causing trouble inside a school in Initao town.
The man, identified as 65-year old Ebrahim Ampaso Basher, was carrying a hand grenade while walking around the school.
Basher threw the grenade when he was confronted by police officers.
Magno then dropped down and covered the grenade with his own body to save innocent civilians around, while his partner, shot the suspect resulting in his death.
Balido and some 10 students were injured in the incident.
President Rodrigo Duterte posthumously conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu Rank of Kalasag, and the PNP Medal of Valor to Magno. The president also presented the Order of Lapu-Lapu Magalong Medal to the family of Magno.
“The selfless act of Police Master Sergeant Jason Magno should be emulated and recognized not only by the Philippine National Police but by the entire country,” the resolution stated.
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