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On Tuesday, January 19, the House of Representatives approved on its third and final reading the bill seeking to implement a new, no-contact gesture of respect in an effort to reduce contact amid COVID-19 pandemic.
House Bill 8149 or the “Bating Filipino Para sa Kalusugan Act” received a total of 212 affirmative votes, 1 negative, and 1 abstention.
The measure, authored by Marikina City Representative Bayani Fernando, seeks to institutionalize “a new Filipino gesture of respect, goodwill, and praise.”
“A new and safe gesture of respect, goodwill, and praise shall be observed and performed through the simple act of gracefully laying the palm of the right hand over the center of one’s chest simultaneously lowering the head, with eyes closed or cast down,” the bill read.
In consultation with the Department of Education (DepEd), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), and other offices, the Department of Health (DOH) is ordered to issue rule and regulations for the Act’s implementation.