House OKs “Bawal Billboard Tuwing Bagyo” Act on 2nd reading

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The House of Representatives today approved on second reading the House Bill 7174, which seeks to regulate the use of billboards during typhoons as a public safety measure for the protection of motorists and pedestrians.

The proposed “Bawal Billboard Tuwing Bagyo Act” stipulates that all advertising materials would be automatically taken down by the billboard operator within 12 hours from an official announcement, after the release of a Typhoon Signal No. 1 bulletin or any other significant weather disturbance by the Philippine Atmospheric  Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA).

Violators would be subject to a fine of not less than P300,000 or imprisonment of three months to one year.

The main author of the proposed bill, Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas, defended the measure in the floor earlier.

Soon the bill will be presented in the plenary for the 3rd and final reading.

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