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FILE CASE VS RIO OVER INTERNET PROJECT – AGLIPAY

A House of Representatives panel has recommended the filing of criminal charges against former Department of Information and Communications (DICT) undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr. over the alleged irregularities in the government’s Free Public Internet Access Program (FPIAP). The House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability recommended the filing of charges against Rio for violating […]

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BACOLOD ECOZONE TO CREATE MORE JOBS – GASATAYA

The passage of the Bacolod Special Economic Zone Act is seen to bring in more investment and employment opportunities on its road to recovery from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Lone District Representative Greg Gasataya, who filed the House Bill (HB) 10243 for the purpose, said the legislation aims to strengthen the local economic […]

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SOLON URGES IATF TO OK 4th COVID-19 VAX JAB

A lawmaker is urging the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to roll out a new round of vaccination drive to protect Filipinos against COVID-19 and the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the virus. Cavite Representative Elpidio Barzaga Jr. said the government’s pandemic response task force should consider giving additional […]

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PREPARE PH FARMERS FOR GLOBAL TRADE – SALCEDA

The chair of the House Ways and Means Committee said the country’s agricultural sector still needs “infusions” of domestic and public investment to compete effectively even as the world’s largest free trade pact took effect for most of the 15 member countries at the start of this year. Albay Representative Joey Salceda said the Regional […]

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RELIEF GOODS DELIVERY TO SIARGAO STEADY — MATUGAS

The distribution of relief packs in the different municipalities in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte remained unhampered as support continued to grow from different sectors, both in the government and private sectors. Surigao del Norte First District Representative Francisco Jose “Bingo” Matugas II said the number of relief packs delivered to distressed residents in the […]

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ARREST MEDICINE HOARDERS, PROFITEERS – CASTELO

A lawmaker at the House of Representatives urged authorities to run after and arrest hoarders and price manipulators of medicines used to treat coronavirus disease (COVID-19) symptoms amid the rise in COVID-19 cases. Quezon City Representative Precious Hipolito Castelo said there are laws, regulations, and even local ordinances prohibiting hoarding and price manipulation of drugs […]

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2022 BUDGET HAS FUNDS TO AID ‘ODETTE’ VICTIMS

Deputy Speaker Rufus Rodriguez said at least P27 billion in disaster-related funding is available in the newly-signed P5.024 trillion national budget for 2022. Rodriguez said the disaster relief funds are sourced from the P7-billion contingency fund and the P20 billion national disaster risk reduction and management fund in the 2022 budget that the government can […]

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ALLOW WALK-IN VAXXING FOR SENIORS, PWDS – ORDANES

A party-list lawmaker urged local government units (LGUs) to allow walk-in vaccinations for senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWDs), and immunocompromised individuals. Senior Citizen Party-list Representative Rodolfo Ordanes made the call after Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire reported that 1.5 million seniors have not yet received any vaccine. “Instead of online registration, […]

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PHILHEALTH TO GET P80-B IN 2022 NAT’L BUDGET

State insurer Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) will receive almost P80 billion in subsidies allocated under the P5.02-trillion 2022 national budget, according to a party-list lawmaker. Anakalusugan Party-list Representative Mike Defensor said the PhilHealth subsidy amounting to P79,990,995,000 is P8.368 billion higher than last year’s P71.353-billion subsidy. “Increasing taxpayer subsidy would provide more insurance coverage […]

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PULONG DUTERTE AUTHORS 62 HOUSE BILLS

Davao City 1st District Rep. Paolo “Pulong” Duterte has authored a total of 62 House Bills (HB). In his accomplishment report to the House of Representatives, Duterte said of the 62 HBs, 16 were enacted into laws, 21 were already sent and received by the Senate, and 25 are still pending in the different committees in […]