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PRIORITIZE UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE – ROQUE

Presidential Spokesperson Sec. Harry Roque urged the Senate to heed President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to pass its version of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Bill, a measure the Palace spokesman stressed was already passed in September last year by the House of Representatives (HOR). In a radio interview, Roque––who authored the UHC Bill and was […]

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Fast Food and Restaurant Chains to Disclose Nutritional Information – DE LIMA

With the worsening problems of obesity and improper nutrition among Filipinos, Senator Leila De Lima has filed a measure requiring all fast food and restaurant chains to disclose nutritional information in the menus of food they serve to public. In filing Senate Bill No. (SBN) 521, De Lima said consumers need to be informed of […]

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First-Ever Public Hospital in Bocaue to Open – VILLANUEVA

  Senator Joel Villanueva led the ceremonial turnover of the land that will be used for the construction of JB Lingad Memorial Hospital extension in Bocaue, Bulacan. With a total floor area of 2,968 square meters, the cost of the first public hospital in Bocaue is estimated at P250 million. The medical center will have […]

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Strengthen Emergency Medical Services System – ANGARA

  Senator Sonny Angara has called for the passage of a bill that seeks to strengthen the emergency medical services system in the country after a female passenger lost her arm in an accident at the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) Ayala Station in Makati City last week. According to recent reports, doctors successfully reattached […]

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Support the Healthy Nanay and Bulilit Act – ANGARA

  Senator Sonny Angara has called for the passage of a bill that seeks to mandate the implementation of a comprehensive healthcare program that covers the nine months of pregnancy and a child’s first two years – or the first 1,000 days of human life. “We call for support for the passage of bills that […]

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Funding Provided for Bill Regulating Practice of Food Technology – NOGRALES

  The House committee on appropriations chaired by Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles (1st District, Davao City) approved the funding provision of a substitute bill regulating the practice of food technology in the country. The funding provision of the unnumbered substitute bill titled “Philippine Food Technology Act” provides that “The Chairperson of the Professional Regulation Commission […]

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Restore Funds, Expand Program, for Procurement of Cancer Medicines – HONTIVEROS

  Coinciding with the observance of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Senator Risa Hontiveros expressed alarm over the non-allocation of funds for the procurement of cancer medicines in the proposed 2018 National Government budget. Hontiveros, who is the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Women and Vice-chair of the Senate Committee on Health, said that […]

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Caregivers Have Right to Decent Employment and Income – ALVAREZ

  The House of Representatives this week unanimously approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to uphold the rights of caregivers to decent employment and income, as well as protect them against abuse, harassment, violence, and exploitation. House Bill No. 6396 or the proposed “Caregivers Welfare Act,” authored by a number of House […]

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Content-Based Approach to Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax to Generate More Revenue – GATCHALIAN

  A content-based approach to the sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) tax would generate more revenue for the government instead of a volume-based scheme, Senator Win Gatchalian has said as he called on the government to develop technological and knowledge capacities to implement the scheme. Gatchalian revealed that the content-based system could generate P47 billion in government […]

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Universal Social Pension Proposed for 37% of Senior Population with Zero Pension – ANGARA

  Not only did the Senate retain the value-added tax (VAT) exemption of senior citizens, it also seeks to allocate funding for a universal social pension that would benefit all poor senior citizens in the country. Under Senate Bill 1592 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill, part of the incremental revenues […]