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Body Cameras for Police Operatives – GATCHALIAN

  In response to the suspected murder of 17-year old Kian Loyd “Ian” delos Santos at the hands of police anti-illegal drugs operatives, Senator Win Gatchalian said he would file a bill requiring policemen to wear body cameras to collect video footage of all drug raids implemented by authorities. Police representatives maintain that Delos Santos, […]

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Employment Assistance for Displaced Workers – ANGARA

  Senator Sonny Angara has urged the public employment service offices (PESOs) in neighboring areas of Marawi City to be at the forefront in providing employment assistance to displaced workers due to the ongoing conflict. “Hanggat hindi pa pinahihintulutang makabalik ang mga residente ng Marawi, mananatili silang walang hanapbuhay at kita. Dapat ay aktibo ang […]

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National Language for Deaf Filipinos – AQUINO

  Senator Bam Aquino urged fellow lawmakers to approve a measure giving deaf Filipinos a national language that honors the country’s diverse cultures and colorful history. “Kailangan natin ng opisyal na wika upang epektibo ang pakikipag-usap natin sa mga bingi. Naniniwala po kami na ang Filipino Sign Language o FSL ang pinaka-angkop na national sign […]

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A Budget That Reforms and Transforms – LEGARDA

  The Senate formally started its review of the proposed P3.767-trillion 2018 national budget which the Administration dubbed as “A Budget that Reforms and Transforms”. Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, presided over the briefing by the Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) on the 2018 National Expenditure Program (NEP). “The national […]

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Disturbing Trend of Over-Appropriations and Underspending – RECTO

  The national budget will jump to P3.767 trillion in 2018, or by P1 trillion, from its 2016 level of 2.682 trillion, and Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto doubts if agencies have the capacity “to spend their allocations, which essentially are taxes collected from the people.” “The budget will balloon by P1 trillion within a […]

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Master Plan Needed to Maximize Potential of Infrastructures – GORDON

  To stimulate economic development in the whole country, Senator Dick Gordon pointed to the need for a master plan that would maximize the potential of infrastructures in the country. While commending the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for allocating trillions of pesos for different infrastructure projects nationwide, Gordon stressed that infrastructure projects would […]

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Urban Gardening to Make Wise Use of Open Spaces – VILLAR

  Senator Cynthia Villar led the groundbreaking ceremonies for the construction of two roads in Baseco Compound, Tondo, Manila, that will provide more convenience and comfort to its residents. There was also a launching of vegetable gardening with the Bureau of Soil and Water Management (BSWM) and clean-up drive and mangrove-planting at Barangay 649 in […]

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Address Delays and Inaction Through Expanded Anti-Red Tape Act – VILLANUEVA

  Senator Joel Villanueva sought for the immediate passage of Senate Bill No. 1311 or the Expanded Anti-Red Tape Act of 2017, a proposal that aims to address delays and inaction in issuing licenses and permits by government agencies. The bill amends the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007, a landmark legislation aimed at combating corruption, […]

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Revenue Gain from Tax Reform to Go to Specific Projects and Programs – ANGARA

  Senator Sonny¬†Angara¬†wants the expected revenue gain from the proposed tax reform measure to go to specific projects and programs including the funding of the free college law, the expansion of free dialysis coverage, and the improvement of public transportation system. The Department of Finance (DOF) estimated that the government can collect P134 billion during […]

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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 […]