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TULFO WANTS ‘UKAY-UKAY’ INDUSTRY LEGALIZED IN PH

Senator Raffy Tulfo wants to legalize and regulate the importation of “ukay-ukay” or imported second-hand garments and goods which according to him has already evolved to become part of Filipino culture. Tulfo filed Senate Bill (SB) No. 1778 repealing Republic Act (RA) No. 4635 which prohibits the commercial importation of used clothing and rags. Although […]

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MAHARLIKA FUND NOT EXEMPTED FROM TAX – ESCUDERO

Senator Chiz Escudero said the current administration should uphold its “no tax exemption” policy as he questioned the perks to be accorded to the proposed Maharlika Investment Corporation (MIC), which will manage the Maharlika Investment Fund (MIF). Escudero expressed concern on the many privileges that the MIC will get supposedly to attract investors and augment […]

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HONTIVEROS HAILS ACTOR DOLLY DE LEON

Senator Risa Hontiveros has filed Proposed Senate Resolution No. 453, congratulating Dolly de Leon for being the first Filipino actor to be nominated for the Golden Globe Awards and the British Film Academy Awards. “Dolly’s nominations show that Filipino stories, experiences, and talent have a place in the halls of prestigious award-giving bodies. What a […]

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TULFO WANTS HEALTH RATING SYSTEM ON FOOD LABELS

Senator Raffy Tulfo filed a measure mandating the use of a health rating system on the labels of packaged food products, in addition to the standard nutritional facts label. In filing Senate Bill (SB) No. 1684, Tulfo underscored the need to arm Filipinos with the necessary information on the food they choose to consume to […]

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MAKE PANAON ISLAND A PROTECTED AREA – VILLAR

Citing the potential destruction of the large-scale habitat of Panaon Island in Southern Leyte, Senator Cynthia Villar wants to declare it a protected area. “Despite the presence of extensive coral reefs and vibrant fish communities, the abundance and biomass of commercially important species show signs of overfishing,” noted Villar. Due to this, the veteran legislator […]

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FREE FUNERAL SERVICES FOR POOR PINOYS PUSHED

Senator Raffy Tulfo proposed a measure seeking to grant free funeral services for extremely poor Filipino families nationwide. Tulfo filed Senate Bill (SB) No. 1695 institutionalizing a provision of burial assistance that offers free funeral services to ensure that families of the deceased will not carry the heavy financial burden of their loved one’s death. […]

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TULFO WANTS KUWAIT OFW DEPLOYMENT BAN

Senator Raffy Tulfo proposed a total deployment ban of Filipino workers in Kuwait following the reported murder of domestic helper Jullebee Ranara. Tulfo, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Migrant Workers, waited for the arrival of the remains of Ranara at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Friday night, Jan. 27. The burnt body of […]

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LEGARDA RECEIVES ORDER OF MERIT FROM ITALIAN GOV’T

Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda has been conferred the award of “Commendatore” to the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in appreciation of her role in strengthening bilateral relations between the Philippines and Italy. The recognition was presented to Legarda by Italian Ambassador to the Philippines Marco Clemente recently at the ambassador’s residence […]

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POE TO MWSS: DO MORE VS MAYNILAD INTERRUPTIONS

Senator Grace Poe said the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) needs to do more to ensure that its concessionaires fulfill their obligations, as “slapping fines on those who fail their obligations is not enough.” The MWSS Regulatory Office (RO) penalized Maynilad P27.48 million recently for failing to supply water to consumers in the south […]

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JANUARY IS ZERO WASTE MONTH – LEGARDA

As the country observes National Zero Waste Month and the 22nd anniversary of the Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) Act this January, Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda joined the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and environmental groups in lobbying for the urgent passage of a national regulation towards a phase out and eventual ban of […]