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PROBE CHINESE ‘SOFT INVASION’ – PANGILINAN

Senator Pangilinan urged Malacañang to order the creation of a task force to be headed by the Department of Justice to look into the presence and activities of Chinese nationals in the country. Pangilinan made the pitch as he raised alarm on the possibility of the foreign nationals’ “soft invasion” in the Philippines with the […]

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ALLOT FUNDS FOR ‘MURANG KURYENTE’ ACT – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the Department of Finance (DOF) to provide sufficient budget and spare taxpayers from being choked by new borrowings to fund next year’s implementation of the Murang Kuryente Act. Gatchalian learned that less than 20 percent or only P8 billion of the P46 billion requested by the Power Sector Assets and […]

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ADD MORE TEACHER EDUCATION CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE

Senator Win Gatchalian is eyeing more centers of excellence in the Philippines that will boost the quality of education and training of aspiring teachers. In a Senate panel hearing, non-profit organization Philippine Business for Education (PBED) reported that there are only 74 centers of excellence and development among 1,572 Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) in the country. […]

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GRANT ANGELO KOUAME FILIPINO CITIZENSHIP – ANGARA

Senator Sonny Angara has endorsed the proposed entry of Angelo Kouame to Gilas Pilipinas with the filing of a bill calling to grant Philippine citizenship to the Ivory Coast standout. Angara, who is chairman of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), filed Senate Bill 1892 as part of the country’s ongoing efforts to build up […]

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IMPROVE TEACHER EDUCATION NOW – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian has filed a bill that aims to improve teacher education in the country through reforms in the Teacher Education Council (TEC). Gatchalian’s Senate Bill No. 1887 amends Republic Act No. 7784, the law that created the TEC, which seeks to achieve better coordination between the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission […]

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PRESENCE OF YOUNG CHINESE RETIREES IN PH ALARMS GORDON

Senator Dick Gordon has expressed concern that Chinese retirees, mostly 35-year-olds, now compose 40 percent of the total foreign retirees in the country. During the budget deliberation at the committee level for the Department of Tourism and its attached agencies which include the Philippine Retirement Authority, Gordon directed Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat and PRA […]

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VCO CAN LOWER COVID-19 VIRAL LOAD — PANGILINAN

Senator Francis Pangilinan welcomed the promising results of the research on the effectiveness of compounds from virgin coconut oil (VCO) against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), especially in lowering viral load. “Magandang balita itong naging resulta sa bisa ng VCO sa pagsugpo sa COVID. Good news ito para sa ating mga kababayang maysakit at good news […]

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GATCHALIAN FLAGS ONLINE SALE OF DANGEROUS ITEMS

Senator Win Gatchalian said reports of consumer products with hazardous materials being sold online should have authorities worried. Gatchalian said online platforms should be more aggressive in going after deceptive, prohibited, and unconscionable sales and practices. The EcoWaste Coalition has claimed that mercury-laden products are being sold illegally by third-party dealers in e-commerce marketplaces and […]

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ZUBIRI TO DA: LIMIT IMPORTS, PENALIZE SMUGGLING

During a recent Senate hearing for the proposed 2021 budget of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Senate Majority Leader Migz Zubiri urged the department to help local farmers by limiting imports and penalizing technical smuggling. “I’m speaking on behalf of our corn farmers, dito po sa Bukidnon. The importation of feed wheat has drastically brought […]

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‘DOKTOR PARA SA BAYAN’ GETS SENATE OK – VILLANUEVA

The Senate recently ratified the “Doktor Para sa Bayan Act” which Senator Joel Villanueva described as a landmark legislation that will improve the Filipino people’s access to free medical education and as well as expand the country’s human resources for public health. In a speech on the Senate floor, Villanueva stressed that the approval of […]