House ‘power bloc’ files ‘Three-Gives Law’

Published August 5, 2020, 9:18 AM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The so-called “power bloc” of the House of Representatives has batted for the passage of a bill seeking to institutionalize a three-installments payment scheme on basic utility bills during calamities.


PHILRECA partylist Rep. Presley De Jesus, APEC partylist Rep. Sergio Dagooc, Ako Padayon partylist Rep. Adriano Ebcas, and RECOBODA partylist Rep. Godofredo Guya filed House Bill No. 7073, seeking to remind the government to promote the general welfare of the Filipino people in times of calamity, including pandemics.

“It is the sacrosanct responsibility of the State to uphold and maintain the general welfare of its people and to give them speedy assistance, both economically and socially, after the occurrence of natural or man-made calamities, including pandemics,” they said in their bill’s explanatory note.

HB No. 7073 or the “Three-Gives Law” seeks to provide a moratorium on all residential electric, water, internet, cable and telephone bills and shall apply when a state of calamity is declared by the President of the Republic of the Philippines or any authorized local government official having jurisdiction over the area under a state of calamity.

“This measure also provides for an installment scheme on all amounts which fell due during the moratorium period in order to promote social justice and ensure the economic security of the people,” they added.

The measure prohibits holders of  public utility franchises and all service providers from exacting payment or from disconnecting the service due to non-payment during the entire duration of the moratorium. However, voluntary payment by customers shall not be prevented.