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    Tax incentives for Phl media proposed

    PHILIPPINE lawmakers on Saturday said they are seeking the granting of tax incentives to broadcast and print media that devote time and space for gender equality, human rights, environmental protection, family values, patriotism, transparency and accountability, national peace and unity and other positive advocacies that heighten public awareness and responsiveness.
    Reps. Christopher Co and Rodel Batocabe raised the tax incentives proposal through House Bill 4274, noting that broadcast and print media have been proven to be effective avenues of and alternatives to education and knowledge transfer to the population.
    They further noted that media serves as a means to reshape behavior especially of the younger members of the population.
    Co said the importance of media in national development is enshrined in the Constitution under Article II, Section 24, which provides that "The State recognizes the vital role of communication and information in nation-building."
    Co said their proposal also adheres to Section 11 of Art. II that provides, "The State values the dignity of every human person and guarantees full respect for human rights."
    It also adheres to Section 12 of Art. II that states, "The State recognizes the sanctity of family life and shall protect and strengthen the family as a basic autonomous social institution. It shall equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception. The natural and primary right and duty of parents in the rearing of the youth for civic efficiency and the development of moral character shall receive the support of the government."
    Batocabe said their proposal likewise complements other sections of Art. II namely: Sections 13 (role of youth in nation-building); 14 (role of women in nation-building); 15 (right to health of the people); 16 (right of the people to balanced and healthful ecology); 17 (priority to education, science and technology, arts, culture, among others); 22 (rights of indigenous cultural communities); 23 (encouragement of non-governmental, community-based sectoral organizations); and 27 (maintaining honesty and integrity in the public service).
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