AKO BICOL’s House Bill 3330: Vaporized Nicotine Product Regulation Act of 2016

Executive Summary:

The proposed legislative measure would regulate the packaging, use, sale, distribution, and advertisement of vaporized nicotine products (VNP) to ensure that consumers would be guaranteed the quality and safety of such items available in the market. The regulation of VNP does not aim to discourage the growth and progress of the industry. The regulation of the vape industry will guarantee the continuity of the industry since the current classification of vape instruments as “health-related devices” may potentially increase the costs of e-cigarettes due to the stringent processes these devices have to undergo such as clinical studies and tests. It is seen as a harm reduction industry compared to other tobacco products because it emits less toxins and carcinogens.

The regulation of VNPs will provide a significantly less harmful alternative to cigarettes for smokers who do not or cannot quit smoking.

Aside from regulatory testing by the FDA on the chemicals and by the DTI on the technology used in e-cigarettes, the bill will also mandate the inclusion of a warning on the packages of these e-cigarettes, saying ‘This product may damage your health and is addictive’.

Beneficiary:

Users of VNPs

Status:

The bill has been pending at the House Committee on Health since August 31, 2016

Packaging Content:

 Vaporized Nicotine products are required to contain the list of all the device’s components and an instruction for handling, proper use, and maintenance of the device.

 Warning Content:

 The Graphic Health Warnings Law will not cover VNPs. Unit packets, e-juices, tobacco cartridges, and similar products. It will contain the health warning  ‘This product may damage your health and is addictive’.

Minors will not be allowed to transact with vaporized nicotine products.

Penalties for Non-Compliance:

First Offense: Fine of not more than P 100,000.00

Second Offense: Fine of not more than P 500,000.00

Third Offense Fine of not more than P 1,000,000.00 and/or imprisonment of not more than 5 years

Other Details:

The use of vaporized nicotine products shall only be allowed in private spaces and public spaces other than places of worship, hospitals, health care centers, public conveyances, government offices, and educational facilities.

Vaporized nicotine products are not allowed to show advertisements in television, radio, and cinema.

Carcinogens, mutagenics, reprotoxic additives, respiratory sensitizers, ethylene glycol, diethylene glycol, diacetyl, and 2,3-pentadione are not allowed to be added in VNPs

Products should be registered with the Department of Trade and Industry three months prior to its release in the market.

A Congressional Oversight Committee will be created to monitor and review the implementation of this act.

To read the full House Bill 3330, CLICK ON THIS LINK:
House Bill 3330: Regulating_VNP

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AKO BICOL’s House Bill 815: Anti-Office Bullying Act of 2016

Executive Summary:

 The enactment of this proposed bill would generate policies inhibiting employees and employers in government and non-government offices from performing acts that would cause lasting damages to their peers and co-workers. This will mandate all offices to adopt a policy on anti-bullying in workplace is to promote workplaces that are free from any form of discrimination, judgement, without any influence of one’s race, ethnicity,  religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, social status, or age.

Status:

The bill has been pending in the Committee on Civil Service and Professional Regulation since July of 2016.

Beneficiary:

The Filipino laborers

What classifies as office bullying:

  1. Physical harm
  2. Emotional and mental harm
  3. Profanities, name-calling, negative comments on how a person looks and dresses
  4. Cyber-bullying
  5. Spreading of rumors, false news, and gossips against an individual
  6. Management by threat and intimidation
  7. Taking of undue credit
  8. Preventing access to workplace, career, and office opportunities

Other features of the legislative measure:

  1. Anonymous reporting
  2. Disciplinary action will be applied to those who make unfounded accusations

Reportorial Requirements:

  1. For NGOs and Business Establishments: Department of Labor and Employment
  2. For Government institutions: Civil Service Commission

Sanctions:

The Secretary of DOLE and Chairperson of CHR will prescribe appropriate administrative actions. Erring non-government offices and business establishments may also suffer the penalty of suspension of their permits to operate when they fail to follow the rules prescribed by the legislative measure.

CLICK ON THIS LINK to view the full House Bill:
House Bill 815: Anti-Office Bullying

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AKO BICOL tackles extension of validity of Driver’s License

Deputy Minority Leader and Ako Bicol Party List Representative Alfredo A. Garbin, Jr. joins the Bicameral Conference Committee Meeting at the Senate on the extension of the validity of Driver’s License from 3 to 5 years and renewable for 10yrs, provided that the driver has not committed any traffic violation within the previous license validity.

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The proposed legislative measure is expected to be signed into law before this year’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

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AKO BICOL speaks with Coalition of Services of the Elderly, Inc.

AKO Bicol Reps. Rodel Batocabe and Christopher Co with members of the Coalition of Services of the Elderly, Inc. while talking about how to uplift the lives of our seniors through the HB 5038 – The Universal Social Pension Act.

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AKO BICOL calls for the support of the Filipino people to our military and the President

AKO Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe started his week facing house-accredited media, with his colleagues from The Party-list Coalition Foundation, Inc. Cong. Batocabe calls for the support of the Filipino people to our military and the President in dealing with the Maute group.

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AKO BICOL tackles problems of Socialized Housing

Cong. Rodel Batocabe of AKO Bicol Partylist in the joint congressional hearing of the Committee on Housing and Urban Development while looking for ways to solve the problems of Socialized Housing.

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AKO BICOL advocates the protection of our country’s rich biodiversity and natural resources

AKO Bicol Representative Rodel M. Batocabe, as one of the primary sponsors of HB 133 or the “Enhanced National Integrated Protected Areas System Act”, advocated the protection of our country’s rich biodiversity and natural resources through the enactment of the NIPAS Act.

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HB 133 is one of the priority measures of AKO Bicol Partylist.

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AKO BICOL welcomes Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources

Cong. Rodel Batocabe of AKO Bicol Partylist, and President of the 47-strong The Party-list Coalition Foundation, Inc., welcomed the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and their officials to the House of Representatives. He promoted the collaboration of BFAR with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to fuel the National Coastal Greenbelt Program, a priority legislation of AKO Bicol Partylist.

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AKO BICOl joins Brigada Eskwela in Iriga

“Education will always be on top of our list and it includes our unrelenting desire to improve and modernize our school facilities and services to ensure quality education among the youth”. “We will always be here to support educational endeavors and share whatever we can- after all, no effort is too small to make a difference”. – Deputy Minority Leader Alfredo A. Garbin, Jr.

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Ako Bicol Party List Rep. Alfredo A. Garbin, Jr. joins another Brigada Eskwela at San Antonio National High School, Iriga City on Friday, May 19. Volunteers coming from different sectors came together in repainting of walls and blackboards, cleaning fans, windows, and doors, or repairing tables and chairs.

Through the effort of school heads, other government and private organizations are given the opportunity to share resources in the conduct of the project. In response, Rep. Garbin personally turned-over first aid kits and supplies for the repainting of school facilities.

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AKO BICOL tackles renewal of legislative franchises

AKO Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe sat with various organizations seeking the grant and renewal of their respective legislative franchises. Some of the organizations present include the Manila Broadcasting Company, Ignite Telecommunications, Golden Nation Network, COTELO-PALMA, and Bright Star Broadcasting Network, among others.

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