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Romualdez hails PBBM on signing of laws on education, passport, salt industry

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Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez praised President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. for enacting three landmark laws on educational equity, passport services, and the salt industry, underscoring the administration’s commitment to driving positive change across sectors.

These laws are Republic Act (RA) 11983 or the New Philippine Passport Act; RA 11984, otherwise known as the No Permit, No Exam Prohibition Act; and RA 11985 or the Philippine Salt Industry Act.

Romualdez hailed the enactment of RA 11984, which prohibits the “no permit, no exam” policy in all educational institutions, as “a crucial milestone in our journey towards educational equity.”

The leader of the 300 plus-strong House of Representatives cited the significance of providing equal opportunities for all students to pursue their academic aspirations.

Under the provisions of the law, all public and private basic (K to 12) institutions, higher educational institutions, and technical-vocational institutions offering long-term courses exceeding one year are covered.

Romualdez said the New Philippine Passport Act signifies a major overhaul of the passport application process in the country, aimed at streamlining procedures and ensuring accessibility for all citizens.

RA 11983 repeals RA 8239, also known as the Philippine Passport Act of 1996, and introduces several key reforms to the passport application system.

One of the primary objectives of the law is to develop a new generation of Philippine passports that meet international standards, ensuring greater security and functionality for Filipino travelers.

Romualdez likewise lauded the Chief Executive for signing into law RA 11985, or the Philippine Salt Industry Development Act, which aims to revitalize and modernize the salt sector, positioning it for sustainable growth and international competitiveness.

“This legislation represents a crucial step forward in advancing the development and modernization of the salt industry in the Philippines,” the Speaker said. “This legislation underscores our commitment to supporting local industries and fostering sustainable production practices.”

RA 11985 introduces the Salt Roadmap, aiming to enhance the salt industry’s development, management, and modernization for sustainable production, potentially leading to salt exportation.

The law establishes a Salt Council to oversee implementation and exempts salt from certain taxes, designating priority areas for production. It exempts specific salt types from mandatory iodization, facilitating growth in creative industries.

“The ultimate goal is to facilitate sustainable production that could potentially lead to salt exportation, contributing to the country’s economic growth,” Romualdez said.

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