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BICAM APPROVES LIFELINE RATE EXTENSION UNTIL 2051

The Lifeline Rate Extension Bill which seeks to extend the implementation of lifeline rate subsidy for another 30 years gets a nod from the Bicam Conference Committee held on Tuesday, March 16. As principal authors of HB 8145, Power Bloc Representatives Presley De Jesus of PHILRECA Party-List and Assistant Minority Leader Sergio Dagooc of APEC […]

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BAYANIHAN 2 HAS HOUSE-INTRODUCED PROVISIONS TO BEEF UP LGU COVID RESPONSE, HASTEN BUSINESS RECOVERY — VILLAFUERTE

Deputy Speaker LRay Villafuerte said over the weekend the proposed Bayanihan To Heal As One Act that the House of Representatives is set to ratify on Monday contains features that aim to strengthen the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response capabilities of local government units (LGUs) and hasten the recovery of businesses hit hard by the coronavirus-induced […]

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NO DELAY EVEN IF 2020 BUDGET IS SIGNED IN JANUARY – SPEAKER CAYETANO

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano has assured that there will be no delay or adverse effects to be encountered if the national budget for 2020 is not signed into law before yearend. Cayetano made the assurance following the statement of Acting Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado that the 2020 budget is now scheduled to be signed […]

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BICAM APPROVES BILL RAISING TAXES ON ALCOHOL, E-CIGARETTES – SEN. CAYETANO, REP. SALCEDA

The bicameral (bicam) conference committee approved the proposed measure seeking to increase taxes on alcoholic drinks, heated tobacco products, and vapor cigarettes. In an interview after the bicam meeting, Senator Pia Cayetano and Albay Rep. Joey Salceda said the reconciled version of Senate Bill No. 1074 and House Bill No. 1026 is expected to give […]

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BICAM APPROVES ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION ACT – GATCHALIAN

The Bicameral Conference Committee has approved the reconciled Senate and House versions of a measure institutionalizing a framework to advance energy efficiency and conservation practices in the country. Senator Win Gatchalian said the approval of the reconciled version of Senate Bill No. 1531 and House Bill No. 8629, more popularly known as the Energy Efficiency […]

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NEA WELCOMES BICAM APPROVAL OF EVOSS ACT – MASONGSONG

State-run National Electrification Administration (NEA) on Wednesday welcomed the passage of the “Energy Virtual One-Stop Shop” bill at the bicameral conference committee level. In a statement, NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong said the approval of the measure was very timely, citing the ever increasing energy demand in the country. “This measure comes at a time when […]

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BICAM APPROVES PHILIPPINE SPORTS TRAINING CENTER BILL – VILLANUEVA

Senator Joel Villanueva, vice chairperson of the Senate committee on sports, hailed the bicameral conference committee approval of a proposed measure seeking to establish the Philippine Sports Training Center or the PSTC. In the consolidated versions of the Senate and the House of Representatives, the PSTC shall include training facilities for Olympic sports and other […]

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BICAM APPROVES P100B COCO LEVY TRUST FUND – VILLAR

The bicameral conference committee on the bill creating the P100 billion coconut levy trust fund has reconciled the disagreeing provisions on the versions of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food and head of the Senate panel, said the bicameral conference committee on […]