A social media post claims Harry Roque authored Republic Act 11037 or the “Masustansyang Pagkain para Batang Pilipino Act.” Roque is not the only author of the bill that became RA 11037. The claim needs more context.
CLAIM: Harry Roque says he authored Republic Act 11037 or the “Masustansyang Pagkain para Batang Pilipino Act”
RATING: MISSING CONTEXT
A post in the Facebook page of former partylist representative and presidential spokesperson Harry Roque says he authored Republic Act (RA) 11037 also known as “Masustansyang Pagkain para Batang Pilipino Act”. The law institutionalized the National Feeding Program for public Kindergarten and Elementary students across the country.
The claim needs more context.
Roque is not the only author of the bill that became RA 11037.
According to the House committee report on the bill, House Bill 5269 was adopted in the plenary as the substitute bill to other bills filed during the 17th Congress with the similar aim of institutionalizing a national feeding program for school children.
Based on the legislative history of the bill, the following were listed as principal authors of the bill:
DEL MAR, RAUL V., ANGARA-CASTILLO, BELLAFLOR J., BELMONTE, JOSE CHRISTOPHER Y., TUPAS, RAUL “BOBOY” C., BELARO, SALVADOR JR. B., VILLAFUERTE, LUIS RAYMUND JR. F., ZARATE, CARLOS ISAGANI T., SUANSING, ESTRELLITA B., SUANSING, HORACIO JR. P., UMALI, REYNALDO V., GATCHALIAN, WES, PRIMICIAS-AGABAS, MARLYN L., ROQUE, HARRY L., RODRIGUEZ, MAXIMO JR.B., ESCUDERO, EVELINA G., NOGRALES, KARLO ALEXEI B., CUA, DAKILA CARLO E., BOLILIA, LIANDA B., ACOP, ROMEO M., GO, MARK O., LABADLABAD, GLONA, TAN, ANGELINA “HELEN” D.L. M.D., SAGARBARRIA, MANUEL, CHAVEZ, CECILIA LEONILA V., BAGATSING, CRISTAL L., DELOSO-MONTALLA, CHERYL P., FERRER, JULIET MARIE D., BORDADO, GABRIEL H., TEVES, ARNOLFO JR. A., ERIGUEL, SANDRA Y., M.D., GONZAGA, RUWEL PETER S., ORTEGA, PABLO, SALCEDA, JOEY SARTE, DIMAPORO, MOHAMAD KHALID Q., LOBREGAT, CELSO L., BATAOIL, LEOPOLDO N., DEFENSOR, ARTHUR JR. R., ABAYA, FRANCIS GERALD A., ARCILLAS, ARLENE B., TEJADA, JOSE “PING-PING” I., ALONTE, MARILYN B., SAVELLANO, DEOGRACIAS VICTOR B., CAMINERO, WILFREDO S., ROQUE, ROGELIO NEIL P., AMATONG, ISAGANI S., GONZALEZ, FERNANDO V., ACOSTA, GIL P.
By the third and final reading of the bill, a total of 79 congressmen were listed as authors of the bill.
However, it should be noted that the official website of Roque states that he is a co-author of the law.
– Rommel F. Lopez.
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