Children hold plates on top of their heads against rainfall as they queue for free meals during Christmas celebrations at the town of Bislig, Tanauan in Leyte province, central Philippines December 24, 2013, a month after Typhoon Haiyan battered central Philippines. Super typhoon Haiyan reduced almost everything in its path to rubble when it swept ashore in the central Philippines on November 8, killing at least 6,069 people, leaving 1,779 missing and 4 million either homeless or with damaged homes. (MNS photo)

Children hold plates on top of their heads against rainfall as they queue for free meals during Christmas celebrations at the town of Bislig, Tanauan in Leyte province, central Philippines December 24, 2013, a month after Typhoon Haiyan battered central Philippines. Super typhoon Haiyan reduced almost everything in its path to rubble when it swept ashore in the central Philippines on November 8, killing at least 6,069 people, leaving 1,779 missing and 4 million either homeless or with damaged homes. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Lawmakers from the A Teacher Party-list have filed a bill seeking to encourage couples or individuals to adopt orphans or abandoned children to enhance their upbringing and provide them with a better future.

Reps. Mariano U. Piamonte Jr. and Julieta R. Cortuna said couples or individuals who will adopt orphans or abandoned children as proposed under House Bill 4931 shall be entitled to an additional P100,000 tax exemption.

The exemption shall be over and above the existing tax exemption provided by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) as mandated under the National Internal Revenue Code, Piamonte said.

According to Piamonte, they filed the bill to alleviate the plight of the large number of orphans or abandoned Filipino children, who just like other kids, need good parental guidance in order to become good citizens.

“By encouraging couples or individuals to adopt abandoned children or orphans, the State will be able to provide a better upbringing for these children. Couples or individuals can better provide a more realistic parental guidance for orphans and abandoned children,” Piamonte added.

Cortuna said the government is spending money for the facilities that host orphans and abandoned children. “Allowing couples to do the government’s job will reduce expenditure,” Cortuna said.

Covered by the bill are newly born, infants or children up to 15 years of age who were abandoned by parents or whose parents have died with no other relative up to the fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity.

Also covered are newly born, infants or children up to 15 years of age whose parents have been declared by the court of law, physician or psychologist as physically or mentally incapable of raising a child. (MNS)