The House of Representatives, led by Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, approved on third and final reading Tuesday, House Bill (H)B 7174, which seeks to regulate the use of billboards during typhoons as a public safety measure for the protection of motorists and pedestrians.
Voting results were 205 affirmative, zero negative, and four abstentions.
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 Php 300,000 or imprisonment of three months to one year. (congress.gov.ph)