Busy days are common for Puwersa ng Bayaning (PBA) Party-List Rep. Migs Nograles and the rest of her fellow members of the House Committee on Rules.
But when plenary sessions result to the passage on third and final reading of numerous bills of national significance, it's well worth the hard work.
Nov. 28, a Monday, was such a day as the House plenary gave its final nod to "four national bills that aim to protect and uphold the welfare of more Filipino people", as per a Facebook post from Assistant Majority Leader Nograles.
In her own words, the quartet of bills were:
House Bill (HB) No. 4477, which "seeks to protect employers of domestic workers by imposing upon private employment agencies the responsibility to ensure that the domestic helper they place has no criminal record and that there is sufficient information on their bonafide residence and family background".
"The bill also makes private employment agencies jointly liable to any criminal act committed by the domestic worker against the employer in the course of the latter’s employment";
HB No. 4479, which "seeks to expand the prohibited acts of discrimination against women in the workplace on the account or characteristics of their sex";
HB No. 4513 or the proposed “Anti-Game Fixing Act”, which "seeks to declare as unlawful the acts of game-fixing, point shaving and game machinations in any sports competition and impose stiffer penalties for violations thereof, thereby promoting the values of excellence, fair play, and integrity in Philippine sports"; and
HB No. 6069, which "aims to inculcate patriotism and social consciousness among the citizenry by promoting, protecting, preserving, and conserving the Philippine indigenous and traditional writing systems".
To mark the very productive plenary session, Nograles uploaded a photo of her; Majority Leader, Zamboanga City 2nd district Rep. Mannix Dalipe; and Senior Deputy Majority Leader, Ilocos Norte 1st district Rep. Sandro Marcos that was taken as they discussed matters on the floor.
"Just another day with my fellow hardworking lawmakers," she wrote.