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STIFFER PENALTIES FOR DRUNK DRIVING GETS HOUSE OK

Making strides towards the road safety of Filipinos, the House of Representatives unanimously approved House Bill 8914, which provides for stiffer penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol, dangerous drugs, and other similar substances. The bill would amend Republic Act 10586 or the “Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013.” It garnered 203 affirmative […]

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FREE DIALYSIS FOR SENIORS ACT GETS HOUSE OK

Senior citizens suffering from kidney diseases could soon have access to free dialysis procedures as the proposed Free Dialysis for Senior Citizens Act hurdled committee level at the House of Representatives. The House Special Committee on Senior Citizens, chaired by Senior Citizens Partylist Representative Rodolfo Ordanes, approved House Bill 7859. “The cost of the needed […]

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RIGHT INFORMATION, CORRECT MESSAGING ARE IMPORTANT IN ANY CRISIS – ARAGONES

In a joint meeting of the Committees on Economic Affairs and Tourism recently, Economic Affairs Chair Sharon Garin (Party-list, AAMBIS-OWA) expressed confidence that the Philippine tourism industry will soon recover from the COVID-19 (formerly known as the 2019 novel coronavirus) scare. On the directive of House Speaker Alan Peter “Compañero” Cayetano, Garin and Tourism Committee […]

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CONGRESS NEEDS TO PASS DDR BILL – FORTUN

A Mindanao lawmaker has expressed hope that the measure proposing the creation of a Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR) would be passed in the 18th Congress in the wake of a series of strong quakes struck the country’s southern region. Agusan del Norte Rep. Lawrence Fortun said the Christmas eclipse, or the last solar eclipse […]

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GIVE CIVIL SERVICE ELIGIBILITY TO ATHLETES – SIAO

Iligan City Rep. Frederick Siao, who chairs the House Committee on Civil Service and Professional Regulation is proposing to grant civil service eligibility to the country’s career athletes, coaches, trainers, and officials by recognizing them as full-fledged and licensed professionals. Siao said athletes, players, coaches, instructors, and fitness trainers should be recognized and licensed as full-fledged […]

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HOLD ME ACCOUNTABLE – SPEAKER CAYETANO

Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) chairman, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said he is ready to face any investigation into controversies surrounding the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games. “Hold me accountable. SEA Games Organizing Committee accountable. Hindi ako magtatago. Ako po haharap sa Senado, sa Ombudsman (I won’t hide. I would show up […]

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HOUSE PANELS APPROVE DDR BILL – TORRES-GOMEZ

The substitute bill seeking to create the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR) has been approved, including the amendments discussed, in the joint hearing of the Committee on Government Reorganization chaired by Rep. Mario Vittorio Mariño (5th District, Batangas) and the Committee on Disaster Management chaired by Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez (4th District, Leyte). A technical working […]

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HOUSE APPROVES 2019 BUDGET VALIDITY EXTENSION ON 2ND READING – ROMUALDEZ

The House of Representatives recently approved on second reading a bill extending the availability of the funds for maintenance and other operating expenses and capital outlays under the 2019 budget until Dec. 31, 2020. House Bill 5437 was approved after House Committee on Appropriations chair Isidro Ungab sponsored the bill in the plenary. HB 5437 […]

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DIEZ CASE HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR SOGIE LAW, LGBTQIA+ INFO DRIVE — ARAGONES

Laguna 3rd District representative Sol Aragones on Sunday said the recent incident involving transgender woman Gretchen Custodio Diez highlights the need to pass a SOGIE (sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression) law and should prod government to step up efforts to educate the public on SOGIE and LGBTQIA+ issues. Diez was detained for using the […]

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NOGRALES TO NEW LAWMAKERS: DON’T HESITATE TO CALL ME

Incumbent and former Members of the House of Representatives shared valuabld lessons with neophyte district and party-list lawmakers to give them a better understanding and appreciation of the budget process, Constitutional provisions, and the important role of the House Secretariat. Former Davao City Representative and now Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, former Marikina City Rep. Miro […]