House OKs several franchise bills this week without controversy

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 03 2020 09:29 PM

MANILA - The House of Representatives approved several franchise bills this week without any controversy.

House Bill 6836 that seeks to renew the franchise granted to Davao Light and Power Company for another 25 years was approved on third and final reading Wednesday.

The franchise is for the construction, operation and maintenance of an electric light, heat and power system in Davao City and the Municipalities of Carmen, Panabo, Dujalo and Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte.

Two hundred and twelve voted in the affirmative. Nobody voted against the measure. Nobody abstained as well.

The measure was sponsored by Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte, Legislative Franchises Committee Chair Franz Alvarez and Davao City Representatives Isidro Ungab, Vincent Garcia and Marino Party List Rep. Sandro Gonzales.

Another franchise that was approved on third and final reading Wednesday is HB 6835, renewing for another 25 years the franchise granted to Metro Manila Turf Club for the construction, operations and maintenance of a horse racetrack in Caloocan City.

It was approved by 209 lawmakers, while 3 voted against it. Nobody abstained.

This bill was sponsored by Deputy Majority Leader Mikey Arroyo and Reps. XJ Romualdo, Theresa Collantes and Alvarez.

On Tuesday night, the House approved on second reading HB 6918 which renews the franchise of Blockbuster Broadcasting System under Republic Act 8726, to construct, install, establish, operate and maintain radio and television broadcasting stations in the Philippines.

HB 6919, which amends the franchise granted to Philippine Collective Media Corporation under Republic Act 9773, was also approved on second reading. It is a franchise to construct, install, establish, operate and maintain radio and television stations in Region 8 or Eastern Visayas.

On Monday Night, the House concurred with Senate amendments to HB 4463, 4582, 4583, 4584 and 5490, which are franchises for First United Broadcasting Corporation, also known as Global Satellite technology Services, Gold Label Broadcasting System, Broadcast Enterprises and Affiliated Media, Inc, Crusaders Broadcasting System and Bicol Broadcasting System.

The House Committee on Legislative Franchises has so far conducted four hearings on bills granting ABS-CBN a new franchise, the last 3 being joint hearings with the Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability. Another hearing is set next week.