Solons Go for Genetic crops.(Main News)

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Byline: BEN R. ROSARIO

The House of Representatives, promoting agricultural productivity through genetics and plant breeding, has approved on third reading House Bill 4518 which provides legal protection to plant breeders through, among others, the grant of ?Patent? in the form of a ?Certificate of Plant Variety Protection? or CPVP to any new plant variety discovered and propagated.

Also approved on final reading was House Bill 4644 designed as a boost to the "dying local film industry" by creating the Film Development Incentives Board that will be tasked to raise the quality of local films and make them competitive.

The two measures were among 16 priority bills that House Speaker Jose De Venecia and Senate President Franklin Drilon said Congress will approve before Congress adjourns on June 6.

HB 4518 is called "An Act To Provide Protection to New Plant Varieties, Establishing A New Plant Variety Protection Board and For Other Purposes," while HB 4644 is "An Act Creating The Film Development and Incentives Board."

"The resiliency and focus of Speaker de Venecia's leadership inspired us to come up with appropriate legislation to strengthen the nation's economic backbone, the agriculture sector," said Rep. Alfredo Maranon, chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture and sponsor of the measure.

Maranon strongly supported the Speaker's 'firm yet collaborative leadership' in pushing for the socio-economic and political reform measures adopted by the recent First Philippine Political Parties Conference which de Venecia initiated.

Explaining HB 4644, Rep. Romualdo Vicencio, chairman of the House Committee on Public Information, said it will create the Film Development and Incentives Board to help "resuscitate the dying local film industry and promote the production of local quality films."

Co-sponsors of HB 4644 - which is a consolidation of two separate bills originally filed by Rep. Imee Marcos (HB 245) and Rep. Cynthia Villar (HB 782) - include Rep. Rolando Andaya, Jr., chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, and Rep. Julio Ledesma, chairman of the House Ways and Means panel.

Both the Senate and the House have already elected their respective bicameral conference panels from their two sepate measures to threst out conflicting provisions contained in their approved versions. …