Wednesday, 11 May 2011

2 House committee endorse 2 GMA bills for approval

Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Former president and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is on a roll as a lawmaker.

Barely two months after the House of Representatives approved on third and final reading her bill criminalizing drunk driving, Arroyo won the backing of two House committees that endorsed the approval of two more measures she filed.

The House committee on transportation batted for the enactment of House Bill 4571 regulating the use of hand-held mobile communication devices while driving.

On the other hand, the Committee on Trade and Industry also endorsed House Bill 1224 institutionalizing social responsibility and granting incentives for firms that pursue voluntary social and economic development programs.

Co-authored by her opposition colleagues including Reps. Aurelio D. Gonzales Jr. (Lakas-Kampi, Pampanga); Augusto Syjuco Jr. (Lakas-Kampi, Iloilo) and Diosdado Macapagal-Arroyo (Lakas-Kampi, Camarines Sur), HB 4571 prohibits the use of mobile cellular phones while a person is driving a private or public motor vehicle.

The former chief executive said other mobile communication devices that cannot be used while driving are two-way radio transceivers, walkie-talkie, pages, and I-phones.

The prohibition does not cover motorists using mobile communication devices with the aid of hand-free device to communicate.

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