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Flexible Work-From-Home Arrangement to Address Traffic Congestion – VILLANUEVA

  Senators already finished the period of interpellations on Senate Bill No. 1363 or the “Telecommuting Act of 2017”, moving the proposed measure closer to becoming a law. “We have already started the period of individual amendments, and we hope to pass the measure on third and final reading before the last day of session […]

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Almost 100 More Areas to Be Included in Protected Areas List – VILLAR

  Senator Cynthia Villar recently sponsored the bill seeking the inclusion of 92 areas in the National Integrated and Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act. Villar, chair of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, said Senate Bill 1444, under Committee Report No. 61, seeks to amend Republic Act 7586 or the NIPAS Act of 1992, […]

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Houses Must Be Structurally Sound to Withstand Strong Tremors – AQUINO

  Due to its density, an estimated 23,000 people will perish if the magnitude 6.7 earthquake that struck Surigao del Norte in February happened in Metro Manila. According to Senator Bam Aquino, around half of that number belong to the so-called informal settlers, whose houses are not structurally sound to withstand strong tremors. Nine people […]

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Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Needed by a Country Surrounded by Water – CAYETANO

  Senator Alan Peter Cayetano is pushing for the establishment of a government agency solely dedicated to uphold the interests of Filipino fisher folk and to protect the country’s marine and aquatic resources. Cayetano filed Senate Bill No. 1437, a measure seeking to create a Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DFAR), which would give […]

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Directory of Farm Schools and Tourist Farms Launched – VILLAR

  Senator Cynthia Villar led the launching of the directory summarizing tourist farms and farm schools in the Philippines in simple ceremonies at the Senate. Villar, chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, said the “Directory of Farm Schools, Tourist Farms and Learning Sites in the Philippines,” will serve as a reference guide […]

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Overloading of Public Utility Vehicles Should Become a Criminal Offense – EJERCITO

  Senator JV Ejercito is seeking to criminalize the overloading of public utility vehicles and to impose stiffer penalties on PUV operators violating the prescribed maximum capacity of vehicles as stated in the law. Ejercito filed the Anti-Overloading Act of 2017 (Senate Bill No. 1446) in line with the celebration of the 4th UN Global […]

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Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers to Improve Working Conditions, Terms of Employment and Career Options – VELARDE

  The House committee on overseas workers has approved a substitute bill proposing a “Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers,” which aims to improve seafarers’ working conditions, terms of employment and career prospects, and to uplift the socio-economic well-being of their families. The committee chaired by Rep. Mariano Michael Velarde, Jr. (Party-list, Buhay) approved the unnumbered […]

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Balanced Allocation of Law Enforcement Resources Needed – GATCHALIAN

  Senator Win Gatchalian urged the Duterte administration to maintain a balanced allocation of law enforcement resources between the government’s aggressive anti-illegal drugs campaign and other public safety priorities amid successive blasts that have rocked Manila’s densely populated Quiapo district. “These bombings serve as a tragic reminder that there are many public security issues aside […]

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Traditional, Small-Scale, Community Incineration or “Siga” Will Be Banned – HERRERA-DY

  The practice of “siga’’ or burning as a way of disposing garbage such as leaves or wood, especially in backyards and empty lots, will soon be a thing of the past. The House committee on ecology has approved House Bill 4271 which seeks to ban traditional, small-scale, community incineration or “siga”, amending for the […]

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Select Oversight Committee on Intelligence and Confidential Funds Created – HONASAN

  The Senate adopted a resolution that sought to create a select oversight committee on intelligence and confidential funds used by various government agencies. Senate Resolution No. 361 would reconstitute the Select Oversight Committee on Intelligence and Confidential Funds, “to enable the Senate to oversee the efficiency of concerned government institutions in the production of […]