The House of Representatives has approved on second reading the bill seeking to improve and modernize the immigration in the country.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco expressed his gratitude to Congress for approving the proposed Immigration Modernization Law.
“The men and women of the Bureau thank Congress for recognizing the need for a modernized immigration law,” Tansingco said.
“We operate on an 82-year-old law, and many of its provisions are no longer applicable in modern times. The passing of this new law is definitely a win for the Marcos administration,” he added.
Sponsored by Committee on Justice Chairperson Representative Juliet Marie Ferrer, the proposed law under House Bill 8203 has been tagged as a priority bill of the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council.
The bill was co-sponsored by Representatives Rufus Rodriguez, Elizaldy Co, Jurdin Jesus Romualdo, Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr., Miguel Luis Villafuerte, Tsuyoshi Anthony Horibata, Marcelino Libanan, Marie Bernadette Escudero, Gus Tambunting, Pablo John Garcia, and Noel Rivera.