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CULTURAL MAPPING TO PRESERVE PH HERITAGE – LEGARDA

Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda said cultural mapping, especially by local government units, is necessary to enrich, conserve, and protect the country’s cultural heritage in the most effective way. Legarda said House Bill 10057, or the cultural mapping bill, seeks to mandate LGUs to conduct a comprehensive cultural mapping of their areas of jurisdiction. The bill […]

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BILL ON CASH AID TO FARMERS GETS HOUSE OK

The House of Representatives approved on final reading a proposal authorizing the Department of Agriculture (DA) to use the excess rice tariff revenues under the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL) for direct cash assistance to farmers. Voting 195-0-0, the chamber passed on third reading House Bill 9950, or the proposed Cash Assistance for Filipino Farmers Act. […]

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GRANULAR LOCKDOWN WITH VAX, BIZ BUBBLES URGED

Two lawmakers urged the government to recalibrate its pandemic response by lifting the current policy on quarantine classifications and immediately implementing the granular lockdowns coupled with “bakuna” (vaccine) and business bubbles in Metro Manila and other metropolitan areas in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic. Marikina City Representative Stella Quimbo and AAMBIS-OWA Representative Sharon Garin […]

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GIVE BRGY HEALTH WORKERS 20% DISCOUNT – SALCEDA

A House of Representatives panel pushed for a 20-percent discount for barangay health workers (BHWs) to provide them proper compensation during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The House Ways and Means Committee approved the unnumbered substitute bill to several measures proposing for a Magna Carta for Barangay Health Workers. “Grant a 20 percent discount on […]

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INFO DRIVE ON RT-PCR TEST PRICE CAP URGED

Deputy Speaker Eddie Villanueva said the government should strengthen its information dissemination on its policy of setting a lowered price cap on real time-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing in the country. Villanueva said the Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Trade and Industry should make their messaging “unambiguous” and execute a “more vigorous information […]

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ANTI-NOISE POLLUTION BILLS GET HOUSE PANEL OK

The House Committee on Ecology approved in principle two measures on noise abatement and control. These are House Bill 2516 filed by Iloilo Representative Raul Tupas and HB 3052 by Quezon Representative Angelina Tan. HB 2516 seeks the creation of the Noise Pollution Control Board to regulate noise pollution. Meanwhile, HB 3052 seeks to regulate […]

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HOUSE HONORS OLYMPIAN ONYOK VELASCO

The House of Representatives, led by Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, paid tribute to 1996 Atlanta Olympics boxing silver medalist Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco Jr. and his valuable contributions to the Philippine boxing community. Onyok was awarded with a Congressional Certificate of Recognition during a luncheon hosted by Speaker Velasco in honor of 2020 Tokyo Olympic medalists […]

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DONORS OFFER PROPERTIES FOR BACOLOD HOSPITAL SITE

About five properties are being offered for donation to the government for the establishment of the Bacolod City General Hospital under Republic Act (RA) 11564 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte recently. Four locations have been identified by the donors while the site of the fifth property has not been disclosed yet. Lone District Representative Greg […]

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ANTI-CHILD MARRIAGE BILL GETS HOUSE OK – HERRERA

The House of Representatives approved on final reading a measure seeking to end child marriages in the country. With 197 affirmative votes, 0 negative votes, and 2 abstentions, the chamber passed on third and final reading House Bill 9943, which seeks to protect children by prohibiting and declaring child marriage as illegal and imposing penalties […]

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PASS RESPONSIVE HEALTHCARE 2022 BUDGET – FRASCO

A Cebuano lawmaker has pushed for the passage of a national budget for next year that will tackle the country’s healthcare response amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Cebu 5th District Representative Duke Frasco said the “paramount objective is to pass the most responsive and comprehensive budget” to answer the medical needs of the […]