Pro-child bill found Duterte signature far from enactment – Manila Bulletin

AP party slate candidate and former 18th Congress lawmaker Ronnie Ong has expressed his delight at the upcoming enactment of the Foundlings Welfare Bill, which now only needs signing of President Duterte.

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“The Foundlings Act is one signature away from becoming law. There is no longer a need to go to bicam because we have just passed the Senate version considering the two versions to be almost identical, if not completely identical Ong said in a statement.

By “we,” Ong was referring to the House of Representatives, of which he was a majority member in the 18th Congress under the Ang Probinsyano party slate. He resigned from that party slate in November 2021, but not before helping push forward the Foundlings Bill.

The measure seeks to recognize “foundlings” – a term used for abandoned or abandoned children – as native-born Filipinos.

Ong said the Foundlings Welfare Act has clarified the current status of foundlings who are considered stateless and do not have the right to access government services.

He underscored the importance of this landmark legislation, as it not only declares foundlings to be citizens born in the Philippines, but also penalizes acts detrimental to their welfare.

“A lot of people don’t know that foundlings, growing up, have to prove the impossible to get citizenship or even have their own identity under the law. To prove their citizenship, they have to prove that their parents are Filipinos well that they hadn’t known them at all all their life,” he noted.

“These children didn’t even ask to be in these circumstances, and they don’t deserve to be treated like second-class citizens. Let’s stop once and for all this injustice and discrimination that has been going on for several decades already,” added the AP candidate.

Under the bill, children found in the Philippines or in Philippine embassies, consulates and territories abroad will be granted rights and protection at the time of birth and will be entitled to any government programs or services available. . These include registration, adoption facilitation, legal and police protection, education, adequate nutrition, medical care and admission to safe children’s centers. and secure.

Senator Grace Poe, who is a foundling herself and faced cases of disqualification because of it when she ran for president in 2016, expressed her gratitude and support to the Foundling Welfare Act.

“Napakalaking bagay nito for foundlings. Masaya po akong mawawala na ang batang ipinagkaitan hindi lamang ng mga magulang kundi pati karapatan at proteksyon (It’s a big deal for foundlings. I’m glad we don’t have any more children who are not only without parents but also without rights and protection) Thanks to AP Party Representative Ronnie Ong, who is also my longtime friend, for fighting for this in the House representatives,” Poe said.

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