August 8, 2023 Jester P. Manalastas 288 views

TINGOG Party-list Representative Jude Acidre called for faster enactment of the proposed law on internally displaced persons which is a key to a just and humane society.

Acidre is one of the authors of House Bill No. 8269 or the Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Act which was already approved on third and final reading in the House of Representatives.

However, the Senate is still deliberating on its version.

Acidre urged his fellow representatives to support HB 8269 in order to create a more just and humane society for all Filipinos, including those who have been internally displaced.

With 212 lawmakers voting in favor of the bill and none against or abstaining, the bill aims to supports Filipinos who were internally displaced due to the effects of natural hazards in the country, armed conflict and violence.

If passed in the Senate, the bill seeks to ensure that the IDPs are granted access to basic necessities, health and education and freedom of movement among others.

“The bill also seeks to ensure that internally displaced persons are able to participate in decision-making processes that affect their lives, including the formulation of policies and programs that impact their welfare,” Acidre added.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) in a post on their official Facebook page said “we are a step closer to passing a law protecting the rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs). Having an IDP Law will be a major breakthrough towards a truly inclusive society where no one gets left behind.”

Other authors of the bill include Tingog Rep. Yedda Marie K. Romualdez, Manila Rep. Bienvenido Abante, Malabon Rep. Jaye Lacson Noel, Paranaque Rep. Gus Tambunting; Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, Quezon City Rep. Arjo Atayde, TUCP Rep. Raymond Democrito Mendoza, and Kabayan Rep. Ron Salo.