Rep. Lawrence Fortun urged his colleagues in Congress to act on pending bills to amend the National Building Code to prevent the loss of lives and properties.
Fortun said it has been 10 years since the bills seeking to amend the National Building Code were stuck in the Committee on Public Works and Highways.
Of the 12 bills specifically on amending the NBC were filed since 2010. Not a single one was approved at committee level, said Fortun, adding there are other bills but these are related to the college curriculum about. There have been other bills but those are about the college curriculum allied to buildings.
The National Building Code is a 1977 Presidential Decree from the Martial Law years.
“We are now in the Year 2020 and soon it will be 2021. The first 20 years of the 21st Century are about to become history, but the law governing how we build our homes, buildings, and infrastructure are based on standards, thinking, technology and perspectives circa 1970s and older,” Fortun said.
When congress passed the Occupational Health and Safety Act in 2018 but this law does not include the revision or amending the NBC, Fortun added.
With the calamities being we are experiencing now, Congress should act now and amend the National Building Code or Filipinos will keep dying, more homes, buildings, roads, bridges, and towers will continue to be destroyed, Fortun explained.