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MISS UNIVERSE CATRIONA GRAY SHOWED HOW THE FILIPINO IS THE BEST ASSET OF THE PHILIPPINES – BELARO

Lawmakers at the House of Representatives hailed Catriona Gray for winning the country’s fourth Miss Universe crown during the coronation night in Bangkok, Thailand. Albay Rep. Joey Salceda said Gray’s beauty is the embodiment of “Daragang Magayon”, the beautiful maiden in the legend of Mt. Mayon. Salceda described Gray, who wore a fiery red dress, […]

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NO EXCUSE FOR POOR AGRI PERFORMANCE WITH DA BUDGET SET TO DOUBLE IN 2019 PANGANIBAN

With the budget of the Department of Agriculture set to be more than doubled in 2019, House Agriculture Committee Chair and ANAC-IP Rep. Jose T. Panganiban, Jr. said there is no excuse for the agency to not deliver on their target of improving the agriculture sector’s contribution to development. “The DA budget is set to […]

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HOUSE APPROVES ANTI-RACIAL, ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION BILL – PANGANIBAN

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8637 or the proposed “Anti-Racial, Ethnic and Religious Discrimination Act” which seeks to protect and enhance the rights of all people to human dignity, reduce social, economic and political inequalities, as well as remove cultural inequities. The bill also aims to ensure that there will […]

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HOUSE APPROVES ENERGY VIRTUAL ONE-STOP-SHOP BILL – VELASCO

The House of Representatives has approved on third reading House Bill No. 8147 (Energy Virtual One-Stop-Shop Bill) or the EVOSS bill. “The Philippines, under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, aims to become a high middle income economy by 2022,” Rep. Lord Allan Velasco said. “The expected increase in economic activity entails an increase […]

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HOUSE APPROVES ON SECOND READING BILL REGULATING EMPLOYMENT OF FOREIGN NATIONALS – NOGRALES

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8368 which seeks to strengthen the regulation of employment of foreign nationals in the country. To implement the employment regulation, the bill, principally authored by Rep. Karlo Nograles (1st District, Davao City), who is now Cabinet Secretary, seeks to amend Articles 40, 41 and 42 […]

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HOUSE APPROVES TOURISM SITES ACCESSIBILITY BILL – BELARO

A measure seeking to give road access to all tourism sites in the country hurdled third and final reading at the House of Representatives. With 205 affirmative votes, the Lower House overwhelmingly recently passed House Bill 8143, or the “Tourism Sites Accessibility Act.” There was no negative vote and no abstention. The bill mandates the […]

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FEDERALISM IS KEY TO ACCELERATED DEVELOPMENT OUTSIDE NCR – NOGRALES

With Metro Manila accounting for close to 40 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) while having 12 percent of the Philippine population, it is time for the country to consider a “different approach” to ensure that the 88 percent of Filipinos living outside the National Capital Region (NCR) could also reap the benefits […]

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PRIORITIZE 2019 GRADS IN NATIONAL ID ROLLOUT – NOGRALES

House Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Karlo “Ang Probinsyano” Nograles on Monday urged the the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to include new college graduates in 2019 among those to be prioritized in the roll out of the National ID system, saying the National ID would make it easier for graduating students to transition to the country’s […]

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BUDGET REALIGNMENTS RESTORE FUNDING FOR ESSENTIAL SERVICES – NOGRALES

House Appropriations Committee Chairperson Karlo “Ang Probinsyano” Nograles on Wednesday announced that the House has resumed deliberations on the 3.757 trillion-peso 2019 national budget after the House of Representatives adopted a new Committee Report that would restore 51.7 billion pesos and subsequently provide additional funding for the Department of Education (DepEd), State Universities and Colleges […]

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HOUSE APPROVES MOBILE NUMBER PORTABILITY BILL – VELASCO

A measure allowing mobile phone users to retain their numbers even when switching network providers has hurdled third and final reading at the House of Representatives. Members of the lower chamber overwhelmingly approved House Bill 7652 or the “Mobile Number Portability Act” with 216 affirmative votes, zero negative and no abstention. The bill also allows […]