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25% of Loanable Funds of Banks Dedicated for Agriculture and Fisheries – VILLAR

  Saying access to cheap credit will improve the agriculture sector’s productivity, Senator Cynthia Villar vowed to look into the effectiveness of the law providing farmers and fisherfolks access to cheap credit. Villar, chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, presided over the hearing to look into Republic Act 10000 or the Agri Agra […]

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Senate to Prioritize Passage of Tax Reform Package – PIMENTEL

  Senate President Koko Pimentel III on Thursday said that the Senate would prioritize deliberations of the President’s comprehensive tax reform package when sessions resume on July 24, given the importance of the measure vis-a-vis the government’s infrastructure and economic development plans. “The Senate is well aware of the significance of these tax reform measures […]

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24 Million Hectares Philippine Rise to Get Funding Support – LEGARDA

  Senator Loren Legarda stressed the need to conduct an inventory of marine resources in the Philippine Rise (formerly Benham Rise), emphasizing that this would give the country a clearer view of the importance of this undersea feature and what interventions are necessary to preserve, protect and sustainably manage these resources. Legarda, who chairs the […]

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New Financing Facility to Help Micro Enterprises – UNABIA

  The House committee on small business and entrepreneurship development has approved a substitute bill which provides for an alternative to the onerous ‘5-6’ loan scheme to help in the survival of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) through access to rational and affordable financing schemes. The committee chaired by Rep. Peter Unabia (1st District, […]

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Philippine Charity Office (PCO) to Replace PCSO – LACSON

  After being mired in irregularities in past years, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) may get a much-needed update in its charter to help it keep up with new variations of lotteries and make it more accountable. Senate Bill 1470, filed by Senator Ping Lacson, also gives the agency – whose present charter dates […]

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Economic Development Most Effective Weapon Against Terrorism – PIMENTEL

  The development of Mindanao’s economy and infrastructure could prove to be the government’s most effective weapons against terrorism and extremism, as bringing jobs and economic opportunities to Mindanao can aid efforts to thwart attempts to radicalize youth in the region. This according to Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, who on Wednesday said that […]

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Ensure Protection and Care of Children Affected by Armed Conflict – ANGARA

  Alarmed by reports on the presence of child combatants amid the clash between the Maute fighters and government troops in Marawi City, Senator Sonny Angara has called on government authorities to stop terrorist groups from using children to participate in hostilities. “Talaga pong nakakaalarma na pati ang ating mga kabataan na walang kamalay-malay ay […]

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No More Political Patronage in Scholarship Grants – AQUINO

  Senator Bam Aquino hopes that free education in state universities and colleges (SUCs) and local universities and colleges (LUCs) will discourage political patronage. “Unang-una, lahat ng estudyante po bibigyan ng tulong. Kaya iyong palakasan sa mga pulitiko dahil iilan lang ang mabibigyan ng tulong, hindi na valid iyan,” Aquino said during a press conference […]

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Explanation Needed for Three Months Delay of Repatriation of Dead OFW – VILLAR

  Senator Cynthia Villar vowed to personally look into the delay in the repatriation of the remains of 45-year old Roger Dignadice, an overseas worker in Dammam, Saudi Arabia who died last March. The lady senator known for her advocacy for the rights and welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) noted that Dignadice died of […]

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Full Tuition Fee Subsidy to Become Permanent – LEGARDA

  Senator Loren Legarda hailed the Senate’s approval of the bicameral conference committee report on the proposed Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act. Legarda, co-sponsor of the bill, said that the measure institutionalizes the provision of full tuition fee subsidy for students enrolled in all of the country’s state universities and colleges (SUCs), local […]