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LIFELINE ELECTRICITY RATES BILL GETS SENATE OK

Senator Win Gatchalian said low-income households can look forward to a continued subsidy in their electricity consumption bills in the next 10 years. Senate Bill No. 1877, the measure extending the implementation of subsidized electricity rate to marginalized end-users, particularly those households consuming not more than 100 kilowatt hour (kWh) or less per month, was […]

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REFUND UNJUSTIFIED VECO CHARGES – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian said a refund should be in order if it will be proven that a violation has been committed by the Visayan Electric Company (VECO) because of its high electricity charges. Gatchalian took note of the January 4, 2021 directive issued by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to VECO demanding an explanation on […]

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RED CROSS OPENS 1ST COVID LAB IN SURIGAO – GORDON

Senator Dick Gordon led recently the opening of the province’s first molecular testing laboratory (MTL) for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The laboratory to be operated by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is seen to boost the testing and tracing capabilities of Surigao del Norte and neighboring areas.“This is the 12th molecular testing laboratory run […]

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VILLANUEVA : DRAW UP VACCINE PRIORITY LIST RULES

While negotiations are ongoing between the government and pharmaceutical firms who intend to supply COVID-19 vaccine for the country’s inoculation program, Senator Joel Villanueva called on the Inter-Agency Task Force to begin drawing up a clear-cut master list of beneficiaries to ensure no overlaps in the selection given the limited resources. Villanueva, chair of the […]

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GOV’T ADDS ESSENTIAL WORKERS IN VACCINE PROGRAM

The government has expanded its priority list in its COVID-19 vaccination program to include essential workers, heeding the call of Senator Joel Villanueva who sought their inclusion as early as December last year given their vital role in ensuring basic services are provided to the people. Villanueva likewise asked officials of the Inter-Agency Task Force […]

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MORE FUNDS FOR PGH, EAMC IN 2021 BUDGET – ANGARA

To ensure that indigent patients would be able to avail of free medical services for the entire year, the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) was provided with an additional P1.54 billion in its budget under the P4.5 trillion General Appropriations Act for 2021, Senator Sonny Angara said. As chair of the Committee on Finance, Angara pushed […]

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GOV’T FEEDING PROGRAM GETS FRESH FUNDING – POE

Senator Grace Poe said poor children will continue to be served with free, nutritious meals under the government’s feeding programs with fresh funding from the 2021 budget. “As we all await the COVID-19 vaccine, let’s continue to give our children doses of healthy food as their safety net against the virus and other illnesses,” Poe […]

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CARAGA FORMS BALIK PROBINSYA COMMITTEE – NOGRALES

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles led the gathering last Friday of the Caraga Special Committee on the “Balik Probinsiya, Bagong Pag-asa” program together with members of the Regional Development Council, stressing that “now is the time to realize the full potential of our provinces as economic centers and alternatives to established urban economic hubs.”Nograles chairs the […]

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GATCHALIAN: ENSURE HEALTHY BABIES, MOMS AMID COVID

While the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) expects the uptick of lockdown babies to peak in the first half of 2021, Senator Win Gatchalian reiterated the urgency of providing health and nutrition interventions for vulnerable infants and mothers, especially those in far-flung and poverty-stricken areas. Gatchalian explained that these interventions and programs are provided […]

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BUILD LNG SECTOR TO REPLACE MALAMPAYA – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian has set in motion the Senate deliberations on a measure that will further develop the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry, providing for a replacement of the Malampaya deepwater gas-to-power project even before its supply runs out and avert possible rotational brownouts beginning 2022. Gatchalian said that Senate Bill No. 1819 was introduced […]