Press Release
June 8, 2007


The Senate approved a total of 169 legislative measures on third reading consisting of 51 measures of national application and 118 measures of local application during the third regular session of the 13th Congress which ends sine die under the leadership of Senate President Manny Villar.

The latest major legislative measure passed during the final week of session prior to the sine die adjournment was Senate Bill (SB) No. 2593 entitled, Promoting entrepreneurship by amending Republic Act No. 6977 or the Magna Carta for Small Enterprises and for other purposes.

Also approved were four bills of local application: SB 2616 establishing the Mimbilisan Watershed located in the municipalities of Balingoan and Talisayan, Province of Misamis Oriental as a protected area under the category of protected landscape; SB 2605 establishing the Samal Island Special Economic Zone in the Island Garden City of Samal, province of Davao del Norte and creating for the purpose the Samal Island Special Economic Zone Authority; House Bill (HB) No. 6041 converting the municipality of Naga, province of Cebu into a component city; and HB 5970 creating the province of Quezon del Sur.

The five bills passed by the Senate this week brought to 169 the total number of bills passed during the third regular session, from 164 approved as of February this year, before the start of the election campaign.

Likewise approved was the bicameral conference committee report on the law protecting buyers of lemon or defective cars which was principally authored by Villar (SB 775) along with Sens. Aquilino Pimentel (SB 1812) and Miriam Defensor-Santiago (SB 2445) under the consolidated SB 2464.

The Lemon Law seeks to promote the full protection of the rights of buyers against deceptive and unfair trade as it recognizes that a motor vehicle is a major economic investment.

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