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ADOPT SWAB-ON-ARRIVAL POLICY FOR OFWS – PIMENTEL

Senator Koko Pimentel III said he supports the “swab-upon-arrival” policy for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs). This is in response to the various appeals received by Pimentel’s office from OFWs asking for more reasonable quarantine protocols. The existing protocols require OFWs and ROFs to undergo a minimum of 10 days quarantine […]

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ARRIVAL OF 2M PFIZER VACCINES TO BOOST PH SUPPLY

Senator Kiko Pangilinan welcomed the arrival of over 2 million US-supported Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines to be distributed to Cebu, Davao, and Manila as these would provide a much-needed boost to the Philippines’ COVID-19 vaccine supply. “Nagpapasalamat tayo sa US at kay President Joe Biden para sa higit 2.2 million na bakuna na dumaan sa international Covax […]

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ANGARA SEES END OF TAX HIKE ON PRIVATE SCHOOLS

As more senators sign as co-sponsor of the bill explicitly declaring that private schools are exempt from the 25 % corporate income tax, its author, Senator Sonny Angara, predicts its approval by an overwhelming majority in the Senate. “How can you not support a measure that is fair and just, and corrects an injustice to […]

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GATCHALIAN TO BIR: SUSPEND PRIVATE SCHOOL TAX HIKE

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to suspend the imposition of a 25 percent corporate income tax on private schools, warning that the added burden on struggling institutions amid the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to more school closures, job losses, and a more restricted access to education. For the chair […]

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RELAX IPO RULE IN EPIRA LAW – GATCHALIAN

To lure more companies to engage in the generation of electricity in the country, Senator Win Gatchalian is seeking the lifting of the public offering requirement provision in the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 or the EPIRA law. “In order to promote competition and encourage market development, we have to relax some policies such […]

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GIVE POOR WORKERS FREE BIKES – POE

Senator Grace Poe urged the government and the private sector to provide bicycles to the most vulnerable and indigent workers, “an available off-the-shelf solution” that would make commuting easier and safer for those who endure long waits and travel aboard crammed public utility vehicles. “You can move tens of thousands of people next week without […]

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ANGARA PAYS TRIBUTE TO REP’S AMADOR, BARREDO

Senator Sonny Angara paid tribute to Zenaida “Bibot” Amador and Carmen “Baby” Barredo for their contributions to the development of Philippine theatre through Repertory Philippines (Rep). Following the death of Barredo last May 23, Angara filed Senate Resolution 735 to pay homage to her and fellow Repertory Philippines founder Amador as two of the most […]

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PROBE ROTATIONAL BROWNOUTS IN LUZON – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian moved for the conduct of inquiry in the Senate on the recent spate of rotational brownouts in Luzon in the hope of providing a long-term solution to electricity supply shortages especially during the summer season. “This is a critical situation and I would like to request the Department of Energy to get […]

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SENATE OKS PERMANENT JOINT ENERGY COMMISSION BILL

The Senate approved on third and final reading a bill that seeks to further strengthen the Joint Congressional Energy Commission (JCEC) and remove its expiration period. Voting 22-0-0, the Senate passed Senate Bill No. (SBN) 2220, also known as the JCEC Enhancement Act, which is aimed at enhancing the powers and functions of the commission, […]

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NEW COVID HOSPITAL OPENS IN BULACAN – VILLANUEVA

A new P305-million public hospital named after the late mayor Joni Villanueva was opened in Bocaue, Bulacan. Senator Joel Villanueva led the inauguration of the Joni Villanueva Memorial Hospital located in Barangay Igulot in time for the commemoration of his late sister’s first death anniversary. Villanueva said the inauguration was offered in the memory of […]