President Duterte OKs ‘Murang Kuryente’ Act, 2 others

President Duterte OKs ‘Murang Kuryente’ Act, 2 others

- President Rodrigo Duterte recently inked three acts

- One of them concerns the lowering of electricity costs per household

- He also signed the act creating a Space Agency in the Philippines

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President Rodrigo Duterte finally ended the agony of many Filipino consumers by signing into law an act that seeks to lower electricity rates.

KAMI learned that under the “Murang Kuryente” Law, the government will shoulder the debts of the National Power Corporation (NPC), which is being charged to the consumers.

A total of 208 billion pesos from the government’s share on Malampaya fund will be allocated to NPC in the hope of reducing the electricity rates of every household.

In the measure filed by Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, it is stated that a consumer can save 172 pesos for every 200 kilowatt-hour use of electricity.

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Meanwhile, President Duterte also approved the bill that will allow hotel and restaurant workers to receive 100 percent of the service charge that is being collected from the customers.

Before the bill was signed, those workers were only receiving 85 percent of the service charge and this became the reason why the Senate wanted to amend the law.

It was made clear in the measure that those in the managerial positions are not covered by the changes and they will not have any share on the collected service charge.

“Sa wakas, natapos na rin po natin ang laban ng ating mga manggagawa sa services sector na matagal nang hinihiling ang buong pagbabahagi ng service charge sa mga nagbibigay ng serbisyo sa mga restaurant, hotel, at mga katulad na establisyimento,” Senator Joel Villanueva quipped.

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The Republic Act 11363, which will create the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA), was also signed into law by the President.

The said agency will be tasked to craft and implement space policies of the country and it will also handle issues on space science, engineering and related fields.

According to the measure, the soon-to-be-established agency will be attached to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and to the Office of the President.

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