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SHAPE UP EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES IN PH TOURIST SPOTS – ANGARA

Senator Sonny Angara has stressed that every major Philippine tourist destination should have improved emergency medical services to ensure the safety of both tourists and residents especially during summer break and other peak seasons. Angara is pushing for the passage of Senate Bill 1573 that mandates the development and institutionalization of emergency medical services system […]

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PERFORMANCE TARGETS, SOLID OUTPUTS MUST BE ATTACHED TO THE FORCED BORACAY REHAB – RECTO

Government should attach a “performance target” to the six-month closure of Boracay “so there will be measurable outcome” of the island’s mandatory shutdown, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said. “What are the countable outputs after 6 months? Ilang kilometro ng sewer lines ang naayos? Gaano kalaki ang improvement sa water test results sa karagatan? […]

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EARMARK SEPARATE FUND FOR DISPLACED BORACAY WORKERS – VILLANUEVA

Senator Joel Villanueva has expressed his concerns on the haste to close Boracay island for six months effective April 26. Villanueva, chair of the Senate committee on labor, employment, and human resources development, said that the government should put in place first a concrete plan for the workers who will be affected by the shutdown. […]

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UBER’S EXIT WARRANTS ENTRY OF MORE TNVS PLAYERS – PIMENTEL

With ride-hailing platform pioneer Uber exiting the country next week, Senate President Koko Pimentel urged the Land Transportation Franchise and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to fast-track the entry of other transport network vehicle service (TNVS) players to ensure competition and reasonable prices for Philippine TNVS users. “There is a legitimate fear among regular TNVS users that […]

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MAKE JOB HUNTING EASIER FOR NEWLY GRADS – ANGARA

Senator Sonny Angara is pushing for the passage of a bill that seeks to grant benefits and incentives to new graduates to help them land a job. Senate Bill 1629 provides that new graduates and first time jobseekers will no longer need to pay government fees and charges on the issuance of documents required in […]

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PEACE TALKS RESUMPTION IS A STEP TOWARDS BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR GENERATIONS – LEGARDA

Senator Loren Legarda expressed her support for the resumption of the peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). Legarda made the statement in support of House Resolution No. 1803 authored by 61 congressmen urging President Rodrigo Duterte to resume the peace […]

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BUILDING A CASINO IN BORACAY IS FOR THE COMMUNITY TO DECIDE – PIMENTEL

Senate President Koko Pimentel III said that casinos should be built only after hearing the sentiments of the host community, as expressed through a resolution of the Sangguniang Panlungsod or Sangguniang Bayan of the host local government unit (LGU). Pimentel made the statement in response to the growing opposition to the plan to build a […]

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EMERGENCY FUND FOR POWER COOPS IS ONE SIGNATURE AWAY – GATCHALIAN

The Senate and House of Representatives have ratified the final reconciled version of a measure that would provide government funding for emergency and resiliency initiatives of 122 electric cooperatives providing power to tens of millions of Filipinos nationwide. “With this reconciled version of the bill, we will create a culture of resiliency in our electric […]

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OFWs DON’T DESERVE TO BE ‘FED TO THE DOGS’ – EJERCITO

Senator JV Ejercito has called on the government to heed the sentiment of the Senate against deploying household workers in countries where their rights are violated and their welfare denied. Ejercito made the statement recently after they adopted Senate Resolution No. 676, which expressed the sense of the Senate that the deployment of overseas Filipino […]

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BALIK-SCIENTIST ACT IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO BECOMING A LAW – AQUINO

Senator Bam Aquino expects the country’s research and development to get a much-needed boost, now that the Balik-Scientist Act is one signature away from becoming a law. “This is our way of supporting the field of research, science, and technology in the country, which has been undervalued for too long. We hope the President can […]