De Lima urges House of Representatives to pass proposed ‘hold-over’ franchise bill

De Lima urges House of Representatives to pass proposed ‘hold-over’ franchise bill

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima urged members of the House of Representatives to swiftly pass the pending legislative measure seeking to prevent the expiration of franchises with pending renewal applications.

De Lima, social justice and human rights champion, noted that the Senate has already approved its version of the bill amending the law to extend the existing franchise of a public utility pending its renewal by Congress.

“I call on our counterparts in the House to pass this measure, as it remains crucial to the operation of existing franchises that are awaiting renewal by Congress,” she said in her Dispatch from Crame No. 1203.

“As stated in the objective of the proposed law, the measure only seeks to address a gap in the continuity of operation of public utilities pending the renewal of their franchises – again, a benefit that is, in the first place, already granted to, and being enjoyed by, holders of executive licensees,” she added.

House Bill No. 7923, authored by Parañaque City Rep. Joy Myra Tambunting, and Senate Bill No. 1530 which was filed by Senator Franklin Drilon, propose to amend Section 18, Book VII, Chapter 3 of the Administrative Code of the Philippines. (AI/MTVN)

Leave a Reply