(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law the Anti-Obstruction of Power Lines Act.

Republic Act 11361, signed on Aug. 8, bans the planting of tall-growing plants, the construction of hazardous improvements, and the conduct of any hazardous activities within the power line corridor.

The law says this is to ensure there is no impediment to the distribution of electricity to consumers.

“[W]e will now be able to put in place a mechanism that will allow for the responsive maintenance and rehabilitation of transmission, sub-transmission, and distribution lines, which would prevent outages and ensure continuous supply of electricity,” Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, main author of the law in the Senate, said in a statement.

He said the measure was “timely for the rainy season when powerful typhoons barrel through our country.”