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SENIORS’ UTILITIES DISCOUNTS GETS HOUSE PANEL OK

A House of Representatives panel approved a measure that would raise the discount granted to senior citizens on their monthly electric and water consumption and exempt such bills from value-added tax. During the online hearing, the House Committee on Ways and Means approved the substitute bill to House Bills No. 1903 and 3040, which would […]

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SALCEDA TO IATF: ISSUE VAX REGISTRATION RULES

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) must issue guidelines on COVID-19 vaccination scheduling and registration to help local government units (LGUs) ramp up their rollouts. Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda said the registration system is in “disarray” in […]

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SALCEDA CALLS FOR REVIEW OF RENEWABLE ENERGY LAW

A lawmaker appealed to the Department of Energy (DOE) to expedite the process of approvals for power plants, especially for renewable energy (RE), as the possibility of “energy crunch” looms due to the impact of oil price hikes. Albay Representative Joey Salceda said the possible “energy crunch,” or a rise in power and fuel costs, […]

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GIVE BRGY HEALTH WORKERS 20% DISCOUNT – SALCEDA

A House of Representatives panel pushed for a 20-percent discount for barangay health workers (BHWs) to provide them proper compensation during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The House Ways and Means Committee approved the unnumbered substitute bill to several measures proposing for a Magna Carta for Barangay Health Workers. “Grant a 20 percent discount on […]

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PRIVATE SCHOOL TAX RELIEF BILL GETS HOUSE OK

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved on third and final reading a bill that would define the tax rates for proprietary schools to allow them to avail of the 10-percent preferential rate on taxable income. With 202 affirmative votes, the chamber passed House Bill No. 9913, which seeks to clarify that the preferential tax rate […]

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SALCEDA: KEEP COVID TREATMENT SUPPLIES TAX-FREE

A measure exempting medical supplies and devices for COVID-19 prevention, control, and treatment from taxes has been filed at the House of Representatives. Albay Representative Joey Salceda filed House Bill 9958, or the COVID-19 Supplies Tax Exemption Act, in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to Congress to provide tax relief to manufacturers of medical […]

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GIVE EVERYONE CASH AID IN BAYANIHAN 3 – SALCEDA

The House of Representatives is committed to push for providing cash assistance to all Filipinos under the proposed Bayanihan to Arise as One Act (Bayanihan 3) with an allocation of P216 billion amid the imposition of the strictest quarantine classification in the National Capital Region (NCR). During the virtual Ugnayan sa Batasan media forum, House […]

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DBM TOLD TO PRIORITIZE VIROLOGY INSTITUTE BUDGET

The chair of the House Ways and Means Committee lauded President Rodrigo Duterte for ordering the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to include the Virology Institute of the Philippines (VIP) in the President’s budget proposal for 2022. Albay Representative Joey Salceda said Duterte’s prioritization of the VIP in the national budget will help ensure […]

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CREATION OF MEISTER SCHOOLS GETS HOUSE PANEL OK

The House Committee on Basic Education and Culture chaired by Pasig City Representative Roman Romulo has approved the Substitute Bill to House Bill 6287 which seeks to create a network of meister schools or schools for specialized skills in the country. In the explanatory note of his House Bill 6287, author Albay 2nd District Representative Joey […]

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HOUSE TO PASS KEY TAX BILLS – SALCEDA

The House Ways and Means Committee will sustain its commitment to fund President Rodrigo Duterte’s key infrastructure and human development priorities, its chairman, Albay Rep. Joey Salceda said. Salceda said he will push for the passage in plenary of key tax measures that hurdled committee level, particularly: the tax regime for Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators […]