Rep. Arroyo’s bill on child care to be consolidated with 3 others
Former President and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s bill, along with three other proposed measures, to simplify process of adoption or foster care of orphans, abandoned or neglected children will be harmonized.
The House committee on the welfare of the children said it has created a technical working group (TWG) to consolidate House Bills (HB) 173, 1163, 3887 and 5090, similarly entitled “Alternative Child Care Code of 2017.”
Batangas 6th District Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto heads the TWG tasked to draft the substitute bill.
Among the issues to be resolved by the TWG include adoption process through administrative adjudication; creation of the National Child Care Authority (NCCA) that will process the adoption of children; and regulation of institutional and residential care of children.
Arroyo, author of HB 5090 and former Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), noted that when the law on adoption was enacted in 1995, stricter rules imposed to protect children from being victims of human trafficking and other crimes.
By codifying the various laws on alternative child care, the various measures envision a “one-stop-shop” code to facilitate the process to the best interest of every child available for adoption and/or foster care, the committee said.
Authors of the other measures up for consideration by the TWG are Reps. Karlo Alexei Nograles, Ma. Lourdes Acosta-Alba, and Evelina Escudero.
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