Amyotha Hluttaw representatives donated their daily allowances for one day to flood victims during its 13th day session yesterday.
During yesterday’s session, parliamentarians also held discussions on an Older People’s Bill, expressing their support.
Daw Shwe Shwe Sein Latt of Bago Region Constituency No. 3 said that the bill needs revising but is suitable for the 2013 ASEAN Declaration on Strengthening Social Protection, 2014 Myanmar’s Social Protection Strategic Plan and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
She pointed out that the country’s social protection service is the lowest in ASEAN.
Likewise, U Soe Thein of Taninthayi Region Constituency No. 10 expressed support for the bill, saying that the onus is on the government and the country’s young generation to look after the aged that account for one-tenth of the total population.
Next, a parliamentary discussion on Territorial Sea and Maritime Zones Law began.
Major Aung Kyaw Pyo, Defense Services personnel Amyotha Hluttaw representative, highlighted the importance of the Law to effectively exploit untapped oil, natural gas and minerals in the territorial sea in accord with rules and regulations.
He called for quick implementation of a territorial sea boundary between Myanmar and Bangladesh and the signing of a bilateral agreement on codes of conduct to be followed by the two countries through coordination.
In his discussion, U Maung Maung Ohn of Ayeyawady Region Constituency No. 5 stressed the need of future plans for restricted areas and zones in accord with MARPOL 73/78 Annex I to VI, regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships.
He pointed out that deep-sea ports will emerge soon in Dawei and Rakhine and that coastal ports receive around 2,000 ships a day.
The MP also called for necessary measures to avoid depletion of marine resources by conducting research on the zones.
Then, Union Minister for Education Dr Myo Thein Gyi submitted the Science, Technology and Innovation Bill to the parliament.