Duterte wants ‘vig­or­ous’cam­paign for im­mu­niza­tion pro­gram

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PREDIDENT Ro­drigo Duterte has sought a “vig­or­ous” cam­paign to en­cour­age par­ents to im­mu­nize their chil­dren to pro­tect them from deadly dis­eases, Mala­cañang said on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 7.

Duterte gave the di­rec­tive dur­ing his meet­ing with Cabi­net of­fi­cials held at Mala­cañan Palace on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 6.

a 20 per­cent travel tax dis­count to se­nior cit­i­zens and PWDs.

Stu­dents, ath­letes, aca­demic par­tic­i­pants, and pageant con­tes­tants, who bring honor to the coun­try, shall now re­ceive in­cen­tives through travel tax dis­counts.

HB 8884 also seeks to amend Pres­i­den­tial De­cree 1183 and spec­ify that travel tax ex­emp­tion may now be availed by the fol­low­ing: (a) stu­dents who rep­re­sent their schools and the coun­try in in­ter­na­tional sports tour­na­ments and aca­demic com­pe­ti­tions, as well as (b) Philip­pine rep­re­sen­ta­tives to aca­demic con­fer­ences and com­pe­ti­tions, to in­ter­na­tional sports com­pe­ti­tions, and to in­ter­na­tional beauty pageants.

It fur­ther stip­u­lates that se­nior cit­i­zens and PWDs shall be granted 20 per­cent dis­count on travel tax im­posed on first class and econ­omy class pas­sages.

Mean­while, HB 8885, prin­ci­pally au­thored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Al­fred Var­gas (5th Dis­trict, Que­zon City), re­ceived 169 af­fir­ma­tive votes, also with­out ab­sten­tion.

It seeks to grant 20 per­cent fare dis­count priv­i­leges on pub­lic trans­porta­tion for en­rolled stu­dents.

“The bill seeks to ad­dress eco­nomic con­cerns and the alarm­ing rate of school drop-out. This will al­le­vi­ate the bur­den of par­ents and guardians in the fi­nan­cial sup­port given to the stu­dents with due con­sid­er­a­tion to the con­tin­ued rise in the cost of ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try, in­clud­ing their in­ci­den­tal ex­penses, e.g. trans­porta­tion costs,” said Var­gas.

This mea­sure aims to em­power stu­dents by en­abling them to pur­sue their ed­u­ca­tion to help them ac­quire gain­ful em­ploy­ment, thereby se­cur­ing their fu­ture.

Stu­dents shall re­ceive 20 per­cent dis­count on the reg­u­lar do­mes­tic fares of all pub­lic trans­porta­tion util­i­ties, in­clud­ing land, rail, sea, and air. This will be granted upon the pre­sen­ta­tion of a duly-is­sued and val­i­dated iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card or cur­rent val­i­dated en­roll­ment form that is sup­ported by proof of iden­tity.

The bill spec­i­fies that any in­di­vid­ual who uses fal­si­fied iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ments shall be de­nied of these priv­i­leges and may be sub­ject to civil and pe­nal li­a­bil­i­ties pre­scribed by law.

This priv­i­lege shall be avail­able dur­ing the en­tire pe­riod that the stu­dent is en­rolled, in­clud­ing week­ends and hol­i­days.

Stu­dents who are de­prived of these ben­e­fits by op­er­a­tors may file com­plaints with the fol­low­ing: (a) Land Trans­porta­tion Fran­chis­ing and Reg­u­la­tory Board for land trans­porta­tion, (b) Mar­itime In­dus­try Au­thor­ity for wa­ter pub­lic trans­porta­tion, (c) Civil Aero­nau­tics Board for air trans­porta­tion util­i­ties, (d) Legal Ser­vice of the De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion for rail, and (e) Of­fice of the Lo­cal Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of the lo­cal govern­ment unit for tri­cy­cles.

The mea­sure also seeks to al­low the pub­lic trans­porta­tion util­ity op­er­a­tor to claim the stu­dent fare dis­count as tax de­duc­tion based on their ren­dered ser­vices.

To pro­vide ad­di­tional relief and sup­port to op­er­a­tors, the ap­pro­pri­ate govern­ment agen­cies in charge of reg­u­lat­ing pub­lic land trans­porta­tion fares may de­ter­mine other al­ter­na­tives, such as the re­duc­tion or ex­emp­tion from some reg­u­la­tory fees and charges, among oth­ers.

HB 8884 is co-au­thored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mark Go (Lone Dis­trict, Baguio City), among oth­ers, while coau­thors of HB 8885 in­clude Deputy Ma­jor­ity Leader Ron Salo (Party-list, Kabayan), Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Bel­laflor An­gara-Castillo (Lone Dis­trict, Aurora), Win­ston Castelo (2nd Dis­trict, Que­zon City), Den­nis Lao­gan (Party-list, Ang Kabuhayan), Eric Oli­varez (1st Dis­trict, Parañaque), Luis Ray­mund Vil­la­fuerte (2nd Dis­trict, Ca­marines Sur), and John Marvin Ni­eto (3rd Dis­trict, Manila).

(Press Re­lease)

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