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Retirement Benefits and Hazard Allowance for the Office of the Ombudsman – HOFER

  The House of Representatives unanimously approved on third and final reading House Bill 6578 which provides retirement benefits and hazard allowance to officials and employees of the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB). HB 6578 is principally authored by Reps. Ann Hofer, (2nd District, Zamboanga Sibugay) and Sherwin Tugna (Party-list Cibac). Under the proposed “Retirement […]

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Amendments to NPS Law to Expedite Hiring Process for Prosecutors – GORDON

  To address the backlog of 384,625 pending cases as of 2016 that is handled by the Department of Justice (DOJ), Senator Dick Gordon vowed to immediately look into a bill proposing amendments to the National Prosecution Service (NPS) law. During the deliberation of the 2018 budget of the DOJ, Gordon pointed out that the […]

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Full Payment of Pension Arrears for World War II Veterans – LEGARDA

  Senator Loren Legarda said that the proposed 2018 national budget includes funding for the pension of centenarians and the full payment of the pension arrears for surviving spouses of deceased World War II veterans. Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, said, “For the second year in a row, we are funding the […]

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Modern Day Heroes Receive Financial and Livelihood Assistance – VILLAR

  Senator Cynthia Villar gave financial and livelihood assistance to the families of the two Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who were abducted and killed by the ISIS while working in Libya and the OFW “burned” by her Malaysian employer and 6 other distressed migrant workers to help them start a new life. Villar noted that […]

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Elect Leaders Who Will Effectively Harness Talents and Skills – GORDON

  To help the country to be truly appreciated in a leadership role among nations and thus achieve a developed nation status, Senator Dick Gordon said Filipinos should elect leaders who will effectively harness their talents and skills. During the conferment ceremonies of the Royal Institution, Singapore and Royal Institution, Philippines, Gordon pointed out that […]

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Immediate Access to CCTV to Speed Up Criminal Investigations – GATCHALIAN

  Senator Win Gatchalian believes law enforcement authorities should have access within 24 hours to information from Closed-Circuit Television Videos (CCTVs) to speed up criminal investigations. Gatchalian said the timely release of CCTV images and recordings to law enforcement agencies, like the Philippine National Police (PNP), and investigative bodies, such as the National Bureau of […]

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Concrete Plan to Implement the Cash Transfer Program – GATCHALIAN

  Senator Win Gatchalian urged the national government to put into place a concrete plan to implement the cash transfer program meant to shield poor Filipinos from the inflationary effects of the proposed tax reform package, which is still pending legislative approval. “The expanded cash transfer program needs to be implemented immediately upon passage of […]

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Assistance Fund for OFWs in Distress to Reach More Than P1B – RECTO

  The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) fund to assist OFWs in distress will jump two-and-half times to P1 billion in 2018, while a legal fund, also managed by the DFA, will double to P200 million, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said. Recto hailed the twin budgetary initiatives as “good news long overdue” even as […]

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Senate Approves Creation of New Barangays – ANGARA

  The Senate approved on final reading several House bills which seek to create new barangays in Metro Manila and other provinces. Senator Sonny Angara, chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government and sponsor of the bills, said the creation of the new barangays would give local governments officials the power and funds they […]

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Filipinos, DFA, and LTO All Winners in Laws Extending Passport and Driver’s License Validity – PIMENTEL

  Shorter lines and less time spent at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and branches of the Land Transportation Office (LTO). This would be the immediate benefit of new laws signed by President Rodrigo Duterte extending the validity of passports and drivers’ licenses, according to Senate President Koko Pimentel III, who said that the […]