MANILA - Sen. Grace Poe said Friday she filed two measures to make the "tedious and excessively costly" adoption process in the Philippines easier.
Poe, a foundling who was raised by movie stars Fernando Poe Jr and Susan Roces, said current regulations often discourage people from adopting legally, depriving the children of their rights under the law.
Poe filed a bill to allow individuals or couples to register an adoption through the city social welfare officer instead of filing a court petition. The measure also mandates that the social welfare secretary decide on an adoption petition within 30 days.
The senator also filed a resolution asking the Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender to review and streamline adoption procedures to make it "more accessible to all well-meaning adopters and children declared legally available for adoption."
"It is time to break the barriers that hinder good and caring potential adoptive parents from giving home and family to the thousands of children in orphanages," Poe said in her resolution.
In an earlier interview with ABS-CBN, Poe said she was thankful for Roces' "practical" thinking, which led the movie power couple to adopt her.