Be Nice☻ Newsletter (June to August 2017 Issue)


The Be Nice☻ Newsletter is the monthly publication of the Office of Senator Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay.

Serbisyong Tunay, Serbisyong Binay!

In this issue:
- The Opening of the 2nd Regular Session of the 17th Congress
- President Duterte's 2nd State of the Nation Address
- Senator Nancy Binay's Legislative Performance for the 1st Regular Session of the 17th Congress
- Senator Binay's Co-Sponsorship Speeches
- Senator Binay's Stance on National Issues (DOT's Strategy, the killing of minors in the ongoing drug war, Bird Flu)
- Nancy supports (No more high heels and more rest breaks for lady workers; the Maiden Name Act)

Newsletter of the Office of Senator Nancy Binay

Vol. 1 Issue No. 8 June - August 2017


Binay at the House of Representatives in Quezon

City before the State of the Nation Address of

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

President Duterte’s


Senator Binay’s

Legislative Performance

during the last Congress

Legislative Updates

Senator Nancy’s

Family Moments!

In this Issue


Page 2 to 5

Committee Hearings

Senate Events

Legislative Performance of the

Senate for the 1st Regular Session

of the 17th Congress

Sponsorship Speeches


Page 6 & 7

Opening of the 2nd Regular

Session of the 17th Congress


Page 8 to 10

Women Empowerment

National Issues


Page 11 & 12

What’s Trending

Binay Family Moments

Newsletter is a monthly publication

of the Office of Senator Maria

Lourdes Nancy Binay and is produced by

its media team.


Together with other members of the Joint Congressional Oversight

Committee, legislators heard the implementation of the National

Health Insurance Act of 2013 (Republic Act No. 10606). The Oversight

Committee reviewed the current performance and accomplishments

of PhilHealth in its implementation of the law. Senator Nancy

Binay and Senator Risa Hontiveros (inset) represented the Senate in the


The Bicameral Conference Committee approves Senate Bill No. 1277

and House Bill No. 5225, or the Internet Access in Public Places Act,

which provides for the implementation of free Wi-Fi hot spots at public

areas including government offices, public schools, universities, hospitals,

public parks, airports and transit terminals.

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Wearing an intricate

barong top

and black pants by

her favourite

designer Randy

Ortiz, Senator

Nancy channelled

the modern Filipina

during the opening

of the 2nd Regular

Session of the 17th

Congress .

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Senator Nancy Binay gives a keynote speech

on culturally adaptive basic education and

health integrating indigenous knowledge

systems and practices (CABEH-IIKSP)

during a project conference of the National

Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

Under the program, basic education for our

indigenous people (IPs) are now more

culturally-sensitive and rights-based.

Necrological services for


The Senate bids its

last goodbyes to one

of the greatest Filipina

senators, Senator

Eva Estrada Kalaw.

The late lady senator

was an active leader

of the Opposition

during the Martial

Law regime,

She was 96.

Number of Bills Filed

Number of Bills Acted Upon

Bills signed

into Law

Number of Resolutions Filed

Number of

Resolutions Adopted



Being the “Nanay de Pamilya” in the Senate, Senator Nancy continues to advocate the interests of women,

the youth and the elderly. With her meaningful pro-women and pro-children legislative record, her total

portfolio of bills filed numbered to 112 legislative measures in 10 months (July 2016-April 2017).

Total number of

Legislation Filed


Principal Author



Principal Author


Committe on Tourism

Cultural Communities

Social Justice, Welfare and Rural


Energy (Vice Chairman)

Joint Oversight Committee on Tourism


Senate Electoral Tribunal (Member)


Senator Nancy also championed legislative measures

that are true to her advocacies. These are some them.

(An act providing for the scaling up of nutrition for the first 1,000

days of life through a strengthened integrated strategy for

maternal, neonatal, child health and nutrition, reconstituting for

the purpose the National Nutrition Council (NNC), appropriating

funds therefore and for other purposes.)

For Senator Nancy, SB 1537 is part of the bigger picture of

caring for our mothers and children. The bill also

complements the [Expanded] Maternity Leave bill, which

she also co-sponsored, that provides 120 days of leave for

pregnant mothers.

A child’s first 1000 days of life, or from

conception to his or her second

birthday, are considered to be a crucial

time if we want him or her to grow up

healthy and be successful in life.

days out of

(SB 1444 proposes the establishment of institutional

mechanisms that will ensure the proper mobilization of the

necessary scientific and technical resources to protect and

conserve the ecosystems and biodiversity contained in the

protected areas.)

As chair of the Senate Committee on Tourism,

Senator Nancy firmly believes that it is important

that we set aside certain landscapes and seascapes

that harbor unique and distinct features for

protection and conservation. This is so that future

generations can also experience the beauty of our

country as part of their patrimony and heritage.

She recognizes that development entails the use of

our natural resources but there is also a need to

balance and sustainably use these finite resources.

Huwag po nating hayaang sa mga libro o mga

litrato na lamang makikita ng ating mga anak at

mga apo ang mga magagandang tanawin at

mahahalagang hayop at halaman ng Pilipinas.

Ang nawala at naubos na likas na yaman,

kasama na ang inyong kalusugan, ay hindi na

maibabalik, at hindi mapapalitan ng pera o

materyal na bagay.

Senator Nancy also co-sponsored the

Expanded Maternity Leave Law of 2017

(SB No. 1305) which grants 120-day

maternity leave to female workers regardless

of civil status.

Two other measures that she championed

were the Expanded NIPAS Act of 2017 (SB

No. 1444), and the Sugarcane Industry

Development Act of 2015 (RA 10659).

Notable bills that were passed into law

during the 16th Congress

1.) The law Repealing the Crime of

Premature Marriage under Article 251 of the

Revised Penal Code (RA 10655)

2.) The Act Expanding the Benefits and

Privileges of Persons with Disability

(RA 10754)

3.) The passage of the Centenarians Act of

2016 (RA 10868)

4.) The Expanded Senior Citizens Act

(RA 10645)

(An act declaring the Filipino Sign Language as the National Sign

Language of the Filipino Deaf and the Official Sign Language of

Government in all Transactions involving the Deaf, and Mandating

its Use in Schools, Broadcast Media, and Workplaces)

The state recognizes the rights, privileges, and freedoms of

persons with disabilities (PWDs) with the adoption of

policies and programs that would develop their selfreliance

and self-development, as well as promote their

rehabilitation. This is in consonance with the United

Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with

Disabilities that promotes and protects the rights of PWDs

and their full enjoyment of it.

National and local state agencies shall uphold respect for

their inherent dignity, individual autonomy, and

independence by guaranteeing accessibility and eliminating

all forms of discrimination in all public interactions and

transactions, thereby ensuring their full and effective

participation and inclusion in society.

Part of these policies is ensuring that our fellow Filipinos

who are hard of hearing or deaf are able to exercise their

right to expression and opinion without prejudice to their

condition. It is estimated that around 120,000 Filipinos are

deaf, according to the national census done in the year

2000. The figures might have gone up in the past 17 years

Mr. President, and I fear that there are more and more

PWDs who do not enjoy their rights.

Nilalayon ng panukalang batas na ito

na kilalanin ang Filipino Sign Language

bilang opisyal na sign language sa ating

bansa. Ito ang magsisilbing opisyal na

sign language na gagamitin sa

lahat ng transaksyon ng ating

pamahalaan sa pakikipag-usap sa mga

bingi, pati na rin sa mga paaralan, sa

broadcast media, at sa mga opisina at

iba pang lugar ng paggawa.


The Members of the Senate of the Philippines

2nd Regular Session of the

Ladies of the Senate

Noong ika-24 ng Hulyo, muling nagbukas ang

Senado para ituloy ang ikalawang regular na sesyon.

Patuloy na naman ang trabaho lalo na’t magsisimula na

ang deliberasyon para sa national budget, sa

pagdedebate sa mga panukalang batas at sa pagsulong sa

mga karapatan at kapakanan ng Sambayanang Pilipino.


Sa pangalawang SONA ng

ating Pangulo, matapat

niyang nilabas ang kanyang

mga saloobin sa mga isyung

kinahaharap ng ating bansa.


Kausap si UP Prof. Liling Briones

Kasama si Cong. Harry Roque at ang asawa niyang si Mylah.

Ang ating mga mambabatas sa Mataas at Mababang Kamara


DOLE to ban high heels, give more

rest breaks for female workers

Senator Nancy Binay lauded the plan of the Department of Labor and

Employment (DOLE) to craft a policy that would ban the wearing of high heels

in the workplace and provide female workers with rest periods from long hours

of standing.

“This move will provide Filipina workers suffering long hours of standing on

high heels without breaks with much needed respite. A good example of these

workers are salesladies who brave several hours of service without sitting

breaks while teetering on several inches of heels,” she said.

In August, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III was quoted in news reports saying that he has ordered the

Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC), the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) and the Bureau of

Special Working Concerns (BSWC) to craft the said policy.

“It is simply unfair to force female workers working in these establishments to wear high heels and stand for

long hours without sitting, when these expose them to various safety and health hazards. Sadyang masakit sa

paa gamitin ang mga high heels na ito at lalong delikado ang magtrabaho nang suot ang mga ito dahil maaari

itong maging sanhi ng injury dahil sa pagkakadulas at tapilok,” Senator Nancy said.

Originally filed when Senator Nancy first took office as senator, Senate Bill No. 1173 aims to amend Section

132(A) of the Labor Code by requiring owners and operators of malls, department stores and similar

establishments to grant their female employees assigned in sales 15-minute rests every two hours of continuous

and uninterrupted sales and store operation assignments.

Senator Binay pushes for a bill that provides

separated women with a choice

Senator Nancy Binay recently filed a bill that

makes it easier for women to change back to their

maiden names after separating from their spouses.

With Senate Bill No. 1547, or an Act Allowing

Women to Revert back to their Maiden

Surname, Senator Nancy proposes to allow

women to file a verified petition for reversion

through the local registry office of the city or

municipality where her marital record is


This makes it easier for separated women as

they no longer need to go to the courts to

change back to their maiden names.

Furthermore, the petition can only be allowed

when the marriage has already been declared null

and void or after its annulment; a judicial

declaration of legal separation, provided, that there

has been no manifestation or reconciliation filed

with the court; and a judicial declaration of

separation of property.


On the deaths of

children in ongoing

drug war

Senator Nancy expressed her outrage over the deaths

of several minors in the Administration’s ongoing war

against illegal drugs.

“The deaths of these children are extremely enraging

and brought me a heavy heart. And like every parent, I

fear for the safety of my children. Kian could have been

my son or daughter, or any policeman’s child for that

matter,” she added.

Kian Loyd delos Santos, a 17-year student who was

killed in Caloocan City last week, was the latest victim of

the war against drugs who died in the hands of police


Kian was the latest addition to the list of minors who

were fatally killed in the drug war, and who were either

victims of mistaken identity or "collateral damage."

“Nakaka-alarma at nakakabahala na pati mga menorde-edad

ngayon ay hindi na ligtas at nagiging biktima na

rin. Hindi na po katanggap-tanggap na sabihing isang

isolated case lang ito,” Binay said.

Children are paying for the price of a fumbled police

operation. Since last year, the anti-drug campaign has

claimed the lives of 5-year old Danica May Garcia; 5-year

old Francisco Manosca; Kristine Joy Sailog, 12; Emmanuel

Lorica, 17; and many others.

“Ilang inosenteng bata na ang nadadamay, at hindi

mapapawi ng mga ‘sorry’ ang galit at lungkot ng mga

magulang,” she added.

Binay, a mother of four, said that no amount of

apologies would bring back the children to their parents.

“Hindi tayo dapat maging tahimik sa pagkamatay ng

mga batang tulad nila Kian, Danica May at iba pa,”

Binay said.

Senator Nancy urged national and local government units,

as well as poultry and gamefowl farms, to conduct and

implement biosecurity measures in light of the avian flu

outbreak in Pampanga.

“Nananawagan po ako sa mga LGUs, pati na rin sa mga

may-ari at trabahador ng mga poultry at gamefowl farms, na

pairalin ang biosecurity measures at farm hygiene upang

mapigilan ang pagkalat ng bird flu sa kanilang mga

nasasakupan at alaga,” Binay said.

“This will also prevent the possible transmission of bird

flu from poultry to humans,” she added.

Biosecurity measures are management practices to reduce

the potential of introducing and spreading of disease-causing

organisms into and between sites.

These include isolation of infected birds; sanitation and

disinfection of facilities and people; and controlling traffic of

people and flocks in and out of the farm.

The lady senator also called on the Department of

Agriculture (DA) to review existing biosecurity plans,

especially the records and documentation of poultry farms.

“Dapat din pong magreview ng existing plans; at

paigtingin ang information and education campaign sa pagidentify

at pag-educate sa ating mga farm workers tungkol sa

biosecurity, identification ng bird flu, yung mode/s of

transmission from birds to humans, signs and symptoms nito,

at iba pang relevant information,” Binay said.


Nancy to DOT:

The Department of Tourism (DOT) could still reverse

the foreign visitor downtrend if it would only start reassessing

its strategies of promoting the country as a

tourist destination abroad, and focusing also on the

domestic market.

Senator Nancy Binay today said it would be best to redirect

marketing on the local market instead of spending

taxpayers' money on advertisements that are counterproductive.

“Baka pwede munang i-reassess ang strategy na

instead na foreign market ang focus natin, baka

pwedeng mag-concentrate din tayo sa domestic market.

It’s also another growth area in terms of tourism.

Sayang lang ang mga ads na pinapalabas natin kung

mahihirapan lang naman tayong ibenta ang Pilipinas

abroad,” Binay, the Senate Committee on Tourism

chairperson, said.

The lady senator said that focusing on the domestic

tourism could stem the shortfall that the country may

experience due to the negative perception of the

Philippines abroad.

“Di nga ba sinasabi nating huwag tayong maging

banyaga sa sarili nating bansa. Maganda rin ang

elemento ng 'experience' sa marketing campaign ng

DOT pero i-address muna natin ang 'disconnect' sa

messaging,” she added.

She added that the DOT may have a hard time promoting

the country abroad due to what is happening in the country


“It is our country which suffers from the negative image

projected abroad. Marami na ang nag-cancel ng bookings at

kaliwa't kanan ang travel advisories dahil sa kaguluhan sa

Mindanao at impression ng martial law,” she said.

“Baka mas lalo lang tayo mahihirapang i-promote ang

Pilipinas dahil mas matagal ang airtime at newscast tungkol

sa mga nangyayari sa Pilipinas kaysa sa 30-seconder na TV

commercials. Di pa kasama dyan ang mga lumalabas sa social

media,” Binay said.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA),

domestic tourism expenditure grew by 19% from PhP 1.7

trillion in 2015 to PhP 2.1 trillion in 2016.

Domestic tourism expenditure includes expenditures of

resident visitors within the country either as a domestic trip

or part of an international trip, the PSA said.

In 2012, the National Statistics Office (NSO) said that four

out of 10 Filipinos aged 15 years old and above travelled

within the country.

An estimated 25.7 million Filipinos who are 15 years old and

above had travelled within the country, the 2012 Household

Survey on Domestic Visitors (HSDV) said.

According to the same survey, more than half or 53.7% of

the domestic tourists were aged 15 to 34 years old.

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