Senators push to amend the Public Service Act

The amendment of Public Service Act (PSA) seeks to improve the quality of public services and lower its costs by providing clarity to the definition of "public utility" in the law, limiting the term exclusively to public services that are natural monopolies, making other forms of public services unbound by constitutional restrictions on foreign investment, and ensuring its effective enforcement through increased penalties among others. 

Senators Migz Zubiri, Frank Drilon, Grace Poe, and Kiko Pangilinan push to amend the
Public Service Act (PSA) or Commonwealth Act No. 146. The PSA was crafted in 1936
to govern public services in the Philippines.

The amendment seeks to improve the quality of public services and lower its costs by
providing clarity to the definition of "public utility" in the law, limiting the term exclusively

to public services that are natural monopolies, making other forms of public services  
unbound by constitutional restrictions on foreign investment, and ensuring its effective  
enforcement through increased penalties among others. 

On Sen. Zubiri’s version, his bill seeks to amend naturalization laws and bring them up
to date to the modern world by facilitating the process for acquiring citizenship, while still
preserving the integrity and importance of being a proud Filipino citizen.

Meanwhile, there are six counterpart measures filed in the lower chamber and are now
pending before the Committee on Economic Affairs, which is being chaired by AAMBIS-
OWA Rep. Sharon S. Garin.

Ernesto M. Pernia, Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning and Ramon M. Lopez,
Secretary of Trade, also push for the said bill during the pre-State of the Nation Address
Economic and Infrastructure Forum on July 1.

During the preparatory meeting for the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory
Council (LEDAC) on August 5, Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda said that the bid to
amend the PSA is among their priorities. There will be another meeting on August 27 to
finalize the legislative agenda of the 18th Congress.
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