Ria Fariñas bats for health and the environment

A LEGISLATOR representing Ilocos Norte First District introduced more than 500 bills during her first term in the House of Representatives, making her one of the most productive members of the 18th Congress where she served imposed as a champion of road safety, the environment and health.

Representative Ria Christina Fariñas, who was elected in 2019, was the lead author of 208 bills and co-author of 351 measures, many of which became major laws.

As a majority member of the House of Representatives, Fariñas served as Deputy Majority Leader and a member of nine important committees. These included committees on rules, credits, energy, micro, small and medium enterprises, foreign worker affairs, poverty alleviation, science and technology, tourism and ways and means .

Among the laws primarily drafted by Fariñas was Republic Law (RA) 11468, which was signed into law in January 2020. The law declared the third Sunday of November each year as the National Day of Remembrance for Accident Victims. road, survivors and their bereaved families to ensure his meaningful respect.

Fariñas, daughter of former Representative Rodolfo Fariñas and former actress Maria Teresa Carlson, filed other measures to promote road safety such as House Bill (HB) 9030 or the proposed measure to establish the National Transportation Safety Board and HB 2948 or the bill establishing a Department of Public Security in every province, city, and municipality.

An environmental advocate, she is the author of HB 9147 which aims to regulate the use, manufacture, import and disposal of single-use plastics. The measure was passed by the House of Representatives in July 2021.

It has also filed HB 9833 which provides for stricter measures for the conservation and protection of wildlife. The bill passed the House for third reading in August 2021.

She proposed several measures to promote health and improve the well-being of frontline medical workers. Among these measures was RA 11463 which institutionalized the provision of medical and financial assistance through Malasakit centers in government hospitals.

She was a lead author of RA 11509, or the law establishing medical scholarship in the country, and HB 8259, which sought to provide tax incentives to frontliners. HB 8259 was passed by the House in February 2021.

To strengthen the country’s recovery from the pandemic, she also pushed for RA 11525 or the law accelerating the purchase and administration of vaccines for protection against Covid-19.

Other landmark laws that Fariñas authored or co-authored were RA 11519, or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, and RA 11642, which established domestic adoption policy, rules, and procedures.

She was also one of the main authors of HB 8817 or the bill to protect self-employed workers in the gig economy sector, which was approved by the House in March 2021. Meanwhile, Fariñas was a proponent of free Wi-Fi as well as fast and reliable internet. In January 2022, she honored the inauguration of the Free Wi-Fi project in Piddig, Bacara and Vintar, provided by PLDT and Smart.

The deployment of free Wi-Fi in local government, educational institutions, health centers, public markets and tourist attractions was in accordance with RA 10929 or the Free Internet Access in public places, which recognized the vital role of Internet connectivity in nation building. .

Fariñas, the first female representative of the first district of Ilocos Norte, pledged to introduce more bills in favor of public safety, the environment, health care, women’s empowerment, the tourism, education, peace and order, honest government and other important national issues.

Fariñas represents the first district of Ilocos Norte, which included the city of Laoag and the municipalities of Bacarra, Bangui, Pasuquin, Piddig, Sarrat (San Miguel), Vintar, Burgos (Nagparitan), Pagudpud, Adams, Carasi and Dumalneg.