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House approves bill banning structures 'photobombing' view of national shrines, landmarks

House approves bill banning structures 'photobombing' view of national shrines, landmarks

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives approved on final reading a bill prohibiting any real estate development that could ruin or obstruct the view of national shrines, monuments, and landmarks.

During Monday’s session, the lower chamber approved House Bill No. 8829, or the Cultural Property Sightline Act, which aims to amend the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009 (Republic Act No. 10066), with 210 affirmative votes and no negative votes.

The measure also mandates local governments to pass an ordinance for the protection of any cultural property in their jurisdictions.

The measure likewise amends the definition of cultural property as “all products of human creativity by which people and a nation reveal their identity, including national historical shrines, , as declared by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.”

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