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Entrepreneurship Program for Government Retirees Pushed – NOEL

  The House committee on small business and entrepreneurship development chaired by Rep. Peter Unabia (1st District, Misamis Oriental) has approved a substitute bill which seeks to provide an alternative for employees who opt to retire from the government to venture into entrepreneurial activities. In a meeting presided by committee vice chairperson Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong […]

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Fairer and More Reasonable Excise Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages – ANGARA

  Senator Sonny Angara said he is considering a fairer and more reasonable excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, which would be more effective in curbing the prevalence of diabetes and obesity in the country. The tax reform measure recently passed by the House of Representatives (HOR) includes a provision imposing a P10 excise tax on […]

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Government Rebuilding Efforts Need Private Sector Partnership – PIMENTEL

  With the government poised to invest billions of pesos to rebuild Marawi City, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel on Tuesday said that the private sector’s support would be a critical element in efforts to help the residents of Marawi recover from the armed conflict that has devastated the city. “With government forces getting close […]

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Only Smugglers Will Earn Money – GATCHALIAN

  Senator Win Gatchalian has warned the Bureau of Customs to be prepared to combat the higher incidence of car smuggling when additional excise taxes are imposed on the sale of luxury vehicles. Gatchalian said shrewd stakeholders in the automobile industry are likely to engage in the underground trading of high-end vehicles to dodge paying […]

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Ending Child Labor Is a Must – LEGARDA

  In observance of the World Day Against Child Labor, Senator Loren Legarda said that ending child labor is a must, stressing the right of children to a life free from violence, exploitation and abuse. According to the United Nations, around 168 million children remain trapped in child labor and many of them live in […]

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Culture of Safety to Prevent Disasters – LEGARDA

  Senator Loren Legarda has urged private and public establishments all over the country to develop a culture of safety, stressing that disasters, whether natural or human-induced, can be prevented when necessary security and preventive measures are in place. Legarda made the call following investigations revealing that there were indeed lapses in security and coordination […]

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Viable Transportation Option Needed Amid Proposals to Increase Excise Taxes – ANGARA

  Senator Sonny Angara said that the government should fast-track its projects on improving the country’s public transport system so that Filipinos will have a viable transportation option amid proposals to increase excise taxes on oil and automobiles. “The government wants to reduce the number of vehicles on the road to address traffic congestion kaya […]

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Stop Fake News – VILLANUEVA

  Senator Joel Villanueva is set to file a bill penalizing those who ‘maliciously’ create and intentionally spread fake news in print, broadcast or online following the false claims of Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre implicating some opposition lawmakers in the conflict in Marawi City. “We intend to file a bill that would penalize any person […]

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Senate to Investigate Alleged Computer Glitch in Banking Financial System – PIMENTEL

  Senate President Koko Pimentel lll said he would seek a legislative inquiry into the alleged computer glitch that hit the financial system of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Monday, causing inconvenience and panic among several bank clients. Pimentel said that the “internal data processing error” which the BPI admitted to have ruptured […]

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Cooperatives Officer for Each and Every LGU No Longer Optional but Mandatory – BRAVO

  The House Committee on Cooperatives Development has approved a substitute bill which provides for the mandatory appointment of a cooperatives officer in every municipality, province and city to ensure the concerns of cooperatives in these local government units (LGUs) match the sustainable economic development plans of the government. The committee chaired by Rep. Rico […]