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BILL GIVING PWDS CASH AID GETS HOUSE PANEL OK

A panel of the House of Representatives approved a measure which provides for an annual P750 emergency grant to persons with disabilities (PWDs) during the COVID-19 pandemic. During its virtual hearing, the House Special Committee on Persons with Disabilities, chaired by Negros Occidental Representative Ma. Lourdes Arroyo, approved House Bill 7180, otherwise known as the […]

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PENALTIES FOR ERRONEOUS LEARNING MATERIALS URGED

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts is mulling the imposition of penalties against persons behind the publication and distribution of school books, learning materials, and self-learning modules containing errors or misleading information, whether intentional or not. Probinsyano Ako Party-list Representative Jose Singson Jr., panel chair, said they will expect from the DepEd an […]

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TADURAN BACKS NO QUARANTINE FOR VAXXED OFWS

A party-list lawmaker said returning Filipinos who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) here or abroad should be exempted from the mandatory quarantine when they arrive in the country. ACT-CIS Partylist Representative Rowena Niña Taduran said the mandatory seven-day quarantine in a government-approved facility would only burden the arriving fully vaccinated Filipinos, who […]

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MILITARY PENSION BILL GETS HOUSE PANEL OK

A House of Representatives panel approved a measure seeking to overhaul the Military and Uniformed Personnel (MUP) pension system to make it more fiscally sustainable. During its virtual meeting, the House Ad hoc Committee on the Military and Uniformed Personnel Pension System approved the unnumbered substitute bill after significant issues were resolved among the committee […]

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HOUSE PAYS TRIBUTE TO EX-DEPUTY SPEAKER VILLAROSA

Speaker Lord Allan Velasco recently led the House of Representatives in paying tribute to the late Deputy Speaker Ma. Amelita “Girlie” Calimbas-Villarosa during a necrological service held at the session hall inside the Batasang Pambansa complex in Quezon City. Villarosa died of an aneurysm while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Metro Manila on May […]

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MANGUDADATU TO LGUS: SET UP MUSLIM CEMETERIES

Maguindanao 2nd District Representative Esmael Mangudadatu has filed a bill urging all local government units across the country to allot lots for Muslim cemeteries. Mangudadatu said he filed House Bill No. 9589, an act requiring all LGUs in the country to allocate suitable tracts of land in their localities for Muslim cemeteries. “I filed the […]

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2,000 MARGINALIZED WORKERS TO GET DOLE AID

Presidential son and Davao City 1st District Rep. Paolo “Pulong” Duterte and the Department of Labor Employment (DOLE) in Region 11 have facilitated the payout of aid to more than 2,000 marginalized workers affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic over the weekend. The Duterte’s office said the financial aid was sent to the […]

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BIR TOLD: CLARIFY TAX HIKE ON PRIVATE SCHOOLS

A measure seeking to clarify the latest Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) regulation imposing 25 percent corporate income tax on private schools has been filed at the House of Representatives. Deputy Speaker Rufus Rodriguez filed House Bill 9577, which seeks to correct an erroneous interpretation of the tax imposed on proprietary educational institutions under the […]

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‘ONE TOWN, ONE PRODUCT’ BILL GETS HOUSE OK

A measure seeking to institutionalize the One Town, One Product (OTOP) Philippines Program to promote inclusive and sustainable economic development has hurdled final reading approval at the House of Representatives. Voting 255-0, the chamber overwhelmingly passed on third reading House Bill 9350, which institutionalizes OTOP Philippines as the government’s stimulus program to encourage the growth […]

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PROBE PUBLIC BIDDINGS ON GOV’T PORTS – UMALI

A lawmaker at the House of Representatives is calling for a congressional inquiry into the “untimely conduct” of public biddings on government ports, sea terminals, and ports facilities by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) under its new terminal leasing and management rules and regulations. Oriental Mindoro Representative Alfonso Umali Jr. filed House Resolution 1822, which […]