House mulls expansion of franchise coverage

The House Committee on Legislative Franchise is pushing to have mining companies, gaming firms and public transportation secure a franchise before they could proceed to operate.

Palawan 1st District Representative Franz Alvarez, franchise committee chair, said the committee has yet to further discuss details of the franchise requirement with other industries but added that their aims is to properly scrutinize projects that may affect the people.

“Hindi pa natin alam na kung makakuha ng franchise ng Congress ay kasama na ‘yung MPSA (Mineral Production Sharing Agreement). Kasi kapag dumaan sa Congress kasama na rin ang DENR doon,” Alvarez said referring to mining industry.

House Committee on Legislative Franchises Secretary Portia Silang said in an interview last July by Business Mirror said that the committee has already submitted several bills, as well as policy studies, on these measures to the office of Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez.

Rep. Alvarez said his committee is also creating a checklist for the various industries to secure a franchise from Congress.

“Additional details are being fleshed out. We have to translate that into policy, into a set of legislative rules, for clarity and easy compliance, because you have a different set of checklist for the various industries, which will have to secure a franchise. The lawyers are working on these and other legal matters,” he said.


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