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TAX POGO FOR TEACHERS’ PAY HIKE – SIAO

Iligan City Lone District Representative Frederick Siao said he is eyeing to propose a measure that would impose taxes on Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGOs) to fund the P10,000 pay hike for public school teachers per month.Siao, chairperson of the House civil service and professional regulation committee, noted that public school teachers have been “unrelenting” […]

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NO DELAY EVEN IF 2020 BUDGET IS SIGNED IN JANUARY – SPEAKER CAYETANO

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano has assured that there will be no delay or adverse effects to be encountered if the national budget for 2020 is not signed into law before yearend. Cayetano made the assurance following the statement of Acting Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado that the 2020 budget is now scheduled to be signed […]

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INCREASE BANK DEPOSIT INSURANCE COVERAGE – CAMPOS

A bill seeking to double the maximum insurance protection of the country’s 63 million bank depositors has been filed at the House of Representatives. Makati City Rep. Luis Campos Jr. filed House Bill 5812, which proposes to increase the maximum deposit insurance coverage (MDIC) from P500,000 to P1 million per depositor per bank. “We have […]

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HOUSE OKS BILL LOWERING GOV’T RETIREMENT AGE – CASTRO

The House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved on third and final reading a measure lowering the optional retirement age of government employees from 60 to 56. With 192 affirmative votes, zero negative votes, and no abstention, the chamber passed House Bill 5509, which seeks to amend Section 13-A of Republic Act 8291, otherwise known as […]

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NO ‘PORK,’ PARKED FUNDS IN RATIFIED 2020 BUDGET BILL – UNGAB

The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee said the version of the P4.1-trillion 2020 budget approved by the bicameral conference committee and ratified by both Houses of Congress contains no “pork” and no parked funds. Committee chairman Isidro Ungab said the 2020 General Appropriations Bill (GAB) is in compliance with the “express instructions” of President […]

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ADD MORE PLAYERS FOR BETTER WATER SERVICES – HERRERA

A party-list lawmaker said the water services sector must be open to at least three more players to promote competition for better service delivery. Bagong Henerasyon Party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera made the statement after the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) revoked the resolution extending the concession agreement with Maynilad Water Services Inc. and Manila […]

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ADD MORE PLAYERS FOR BETTER WATER SERVICES – HERRERA

A party-list lawmaker said the water services sector must be open to at least three more players to promote competition for better service delivery. Bagong Henerasyon Party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera made the statement after the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) revoked the resolution extending the concession agreement with Maynilad Water Services Inc. and Manila […]

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HOUSE PANEL APPROVES P20 TAX ON SINGLE-USE PLASTIC – SUANSING

A proposal seeking to impose an excise tax on single-use plastic bags has hurdled committee level at the House of Representatives. The House Committee on Ways and Means, chaired by Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, approved the bill imposing a P20 per kilo levy on single-use plastic bags used in supermarkets, malls, shops, stores, sales outlets, […]

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PH TO PUSH FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE IN COP25 TALKS – LEGARDA

House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda will push for the country’s achievement of climate justice in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement during the United Nations climate change conference, 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25). According to a statement, Legarda, who will head the Philippine Delegation to the COP25 from December 6 to 12 in Madrid, […]

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HOUSE APPROVES BILL PROVIDING FREE FREIGHT SERVICES FOR RELIEF GOODS

A measure providing free freight services in sending relief goods to calamity-hit areas has been approved on third and final reading at the House of Representatives. During plenary session, the chamber approved House Bill 5070, which aims to ensure adequate and timely relief assistance to individuals and communities most devastated by a disaster, with 170 […]