Speaker cites bills up for pas­sage be­fore break ninyo hindi lang dito sa Pilip­inas kundi pati na sa ibang bansa,” Mr. Al­varez said. (Do not worry be­cause I told the com­mit­tee that han­dles the bills to ex­pe­dite this as the com­mit­tee hear­ings here and abroa

Business World - - THE NATION - Minde Nyl R. dela Cruz

HOUSE SPEAKER Pan­ta­leon D. Al­varez said the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives aims to pass the bills on Dis­so­lu­tion of Mar­riage and on Civil Part­ner­ship, as well as the pro­posed Bangsamoro Ba­sic Law (BBL) be­fore it goes on its sev­en­week con­gres­sional break in March.

In a press brief­ing on Wed­nes­day, Feb. 14, Mr. Al­varez cited so­cial me­dia mes­sages sup­port­ing the pas­sage of the Dis­so­lu­tion of Mar­riage bill.

“Kaya dito sa akin, ta­pusin ko na iyan (Dis­so­lu­tion of Mar­riage), ta­pusin ko na ’yung Civil Union, ta­pusin ko na rin ’yung BBL para bago na­man kami mag- break, may ma-i- re­port tayo sa taong bayan na iyan ha, ang dami nam­ing gi­nawa,” Mr. Al­varez said. (For me, I’ll fin­ish that Dis­so­lu­tion of Mar­riage, the Civil Union, the BBL, so that be­fore we go on a break, it can be re­ported to the peo­ple that we have ac­com­plished much.)

The Dis­so­lu­tion of Mar­riage bill seeks eas­ier ac­cess to le­gal pro­cesses to ter­mi­nate mar­riages based on ir­rec­on­cil­able dif­fer­ences or se­vere un­hap­pi­ness of the cou­ple.

The bill is cur­rently be­ing de­lib­er­ated by the House com­mit­tee on pop­u­la­tion and fam­ily re­la­tions chaired by La­guna Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Sol Aragones. The com­mit­tee re­cently or­ga­nized a tech­ni­cal work­ing group (TWG), headed by Al­bay Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ed­cel C. Lag­man, to con­sol­i­date House Bills (HBs) 116, 1062, 2380, and 6027.

“Huwag po kay­ong mag-alala at ’yun pong com­mit­tee na may hawak niyan ay sabi ko, bilis-bil­isan niyo na iyan, ang haba na rin ng mga com­mit­tee hear­ings na gi­nawa

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