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DAVAO CITY TRAFFIC ENFORCERS GET RICE, CASH AID

Despite being in the hospital due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), First District Representative Paolo Duterte made sure sacks of rice and cash assistance were given out to all traffic enforcers in Davao City. The lawmaker’s office said around 948 pieces of 10 kilograms of rice and cash assistance were distributed to the City […]

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RESTORE FUNDING OF BARMM SUCS – HATAMAN, SANGCOPAN

Two lawmakers from Mindanao want to provide funding for state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) that have zero allocations in the 2022 national budget proposal. Deputy Speaker Mujiv Hataman of the Lone District of Basilan and Anak Mindanao party-list Representative Amihilda Sangcopan filed House Resolution No. 2251, […]

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KEEP FACE-TO-FACE CLASSES SAFE FOR KIDS, TEACHERS

A lawmaker said the Department of Education (DepEd) should set up safeguards against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) transmission in the 120 schools identified for the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes.  Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon said that in addition to the vaccination requirement for teachers and non-teaching staff, measures that will address transmission in schools […]

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BILL EXTENDING VOTER REGISTRATION GETS HOUSE OK

The House of Representatives unanimously approved a measure seeking to extend the voter registration deadline for another 30 days. With 193 affirmative votes, the chamber approved House Bill 10261, which proposes to fix the last day of registration of voters for the 2022 polls. Currently, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) set the deadline on September […]

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P34B ROW FUND TO COMPLETE GOV’T INFRA PROJECTS

The national government has allocated up to P34 billion next year for right-of-way (ROW) payments as the Duterte administration lays the groundwork for the sustained construction of large, multiphase public infrastructure projects, Surigao del Sur Representative Johnny Pimentel said. “The ROW payments next year will assure the full completion of several ongoing projects under the […]

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VAT ON DIGITAL TRANSACTIONS GETS HOUSE OK

The House of Representatives approved on final reading a proposal imposing a 12 percent value-added tax (VAT) on digital transactions in the country to generate new funding sources for the country’s COVID-19 response efforts. With 167 affirmative votes, six negative votes, and one abstention, the Chamber passed on third reading House Bill 7425 seeking to […]

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MAKE COVID-19 VACCINATION MANDATORY – ROBES

A member of the House of Representatives is proposing mandatory vaccination against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for all Filipinos eligible to receive the vaccines. San Jose del Monte City Representative Rida Robes filed House Bill No. 10249, which seeks to mandate that COVID-19 vaccines must be administered to all Filipinos and residents of the Philippines […]

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EXTENSION OF VOTER REGISTRATION GETS HOUSE OK

The House of Representatives has adopted a resolution urging the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to extend the deadline for voter registration in the country and abroad to prevent voter disenfranchisement amid the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). During a plenary session, the chamber adopted House Resolution 2231, which calls for the extension of the September 30 deadline […]

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PROBE POWER RATE HIKE OF ELECTRIC COOPS – BENITEZ

Lawmakers from all seven districts of Negros Occidental have sought an inquiry on the recent power rate hike imposed by electric cooperatives. 3rd District Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez said he filed House Resolution 2206 to push for a congressional inquiry. “We want to determine what is causing the increase in electricity rates and what we […]

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‘TIMBANGAN NG BAYAN’ BILL GETS HOUSE PANEL OK

Timbangan ng Bayan centers would soon be established in all public and private markets nationwide as a measure proposing such has been endorsed for plenary approval at the House of Representatives. The House Committee on Trade and Industry approved an unnumbered substitute bill, which provides for the establishment of a Timbangan ng Bayan Center in […]