MANILA, Philippines – Former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal and her son, Camarines Sur Rep. Dato Arroyo, have filed House Bill 6605, a bill that aims to amend the Animal Welfare Act (Republic Act 8485).
Under the measure, the lawmakers proposed that persons who abandon their pets should be penalized.
They also seek punishment for those who abandon animals they have injured in a road accident.
The bill also aims to establish animal welfare programs in every city and municipality in the country.
Mrs. Arroyo said the Animal Welfare Act needs to be amended to protect “both animals and the community in which they live in.”
Dato, meanwhile, highlighted the importance of responsible pet ownership.
"Animals have always found their way to the very heart of human society. No doubt, they have contributed to its enrichment. This is the reason why we have pets in our homes, making them a source of enduring companionship, service and therapy," he said.
The measure also provides that animals allowed by its owner to run unattended shall be impounded by animal control authorities.