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MAGNA CARTA ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM GETS HOUSE OK

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 6492 or the proposed “Magna Carta on Religious Freedom Act”.  In his sponsorship speech, Manila 6th District Representative Benny Abante Jr. stressed the proposed bill is consistent with the duty of the State “to protect the right of every person to freedom of religion and liberty of conscience, […]

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NAT’L HIJAB DAY BILL GETS HOUSE OK ON 2ND READING

The House of Representatives approved on second reading a consolidated bill that seeks to declare February 1 of every year as National Hijab Day. Under House Bill 3725, a proposed measure consolidated with HB 1363, the government will direct all its institutions, the private sector, and schools to commemorate the importance of the hijab, a […]

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BILL VS ‘NO PERMIT, NO EXAM’ GETS HOUSE PANEL OK

The House Committee on Higher and Technical Education approved in principle House Bill 1160 which seeks to ban the “no permit, no exam” policy in private higher education institutions (HEIs). During the hearing, Kabataan party-list Representative Raoul Manuel said his bill would ensure that “the Filipino youth who are suffering from the impact of the […]

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TOLENTINO BACKS BILL TO CELEBRATE NAT’L HIJAB DAY

Senator Francis Tolentino, during the public hearing of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities and Muslim Affairs, stated his strong support for the bills establishing a National Hijab Day in the Philippines. Senate Bill No. 1272 and Senate Bill No. 805, presented before the Committee, both seek to declare the first day of February of […]

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FREELANCER PROTECTION BILL GETS HOUSE PANEL OK

A measure providing protection and incentives for freelancers has hurdled committee level at the House of Representatives. The House Labor and Employment committee unanimously approved the consolidated version of House Bill 615, or the Freelance Workers Protection Act, authored by Pangasinan Representative Christopher De Venecia. House Bill No. 615 aims to promote the safety and […]

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LAPID FILES BILL PROTECTING DELIVERY RIDERS

Senator Lito Lapid has filed a bill that seeks to protect delivery riders and drivers against unjustified cancellation of orders or “no show” customers. These fraudulent acts result in a waste of time, effort, and money on the part of the delivery riders or drivers. What aggravates the situation is that some of these canceling […]

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DELA ROSA TO REFILE MANDATORY ROTC BILL

Senator Bato Dela Rosa is set to refile his mandatory ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) bill in the 19th Congress, which will open on July 25, 2022, although he expressed willingness to author a version of the measure that will be proposed by Vice President-elect Sara Duterte. “Yes, the same bill that I filed during […]

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VILLAFUERTE TO DUTERTE: SIGN WASTE REDUCTION BILL

A lawmaker asked President Rodrigo Duterte to sign into law a measure seeking to make producers and their distributors responsible for proper management and disposal of their plastic packaging waste. Camarines Sur Representative Luis Raymund Villafuerte said the measure, which has been ratified by both chambers of Congress and transmitted to Malacañang for President Duterte’s […]

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PH TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD BILL GETS HOUSE NOD

The House of Representatives ratified a bicameral conference committee report on a bill establishing the Philippine Transportation Safety Board (PTSB), which shall be the primary agency responsible for the impartial investigation of transportation-related accidents. During the plenary session, the chamber approved the final version that reconciles the disagreeing provisions of House Bill 9030 and Senate […]

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INDISCRIMINATE GUN DISCHARGE BILL GETS SENATE OK

The Senate passed on final reading a proposed measure seeking to penalize willful and indiscriminate discharge of firearms including those authorized to bear arms. Sponsored by Senator Ronald Dela Rosa, chairperson of the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, Senate Bill No. (SBN) 2501 or an Act Penalizing Willful and Indiscriminate discharge of firearms, […]