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NEW COMMISSION FOR BOXING, COMBAT SPORTS PUSHED

Camarines Sur Representative LRay Villafuerte has called for the swift congressional approval of a bill that seeks to create a commission that will oversee, among others, the grant of welfare benefits and incentives to boxers, kickboxers and all other athletes engaged in combat sports.  In House Bill (HB) No. 9443, Villafuerte said the proposed Philippine Boxing and […]

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VILLAFUERTE LAUDS DUTERTE FOR MODERNIZING BFP

Camarines Sur Representative LRay Villafuerte has lauded President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent signing into law of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Modernization Act as an effective instrument to professionalize and boost the morale and efficiency of this agency tasked to save lives and property in times of fire and other calamities.  Villafuerte, who was among the […]

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VILLAFUERTE TO CONGRESS: OK E-GOVERNANCE BILL NOW

Owing to the emergence of more transmissible COVID-19 variants that could necessitate more lockdowns, Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte said Congress could help the national government fast-track its digital transformation by approving the e-governance law, which will facilitate contactless transactions and ensure the uninterrupted delivery of basic services.  Villafuerte noted that his proposed e-governance law, […]

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SENATE URGED: ACT ON BILL TO DEVELOP BORACAY

Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte has sought Senate support behind a House-approved measure envisioned to ensure the long-term rehabilitation, development and preservation of Boracay Island, which boasts having one of the world’s best white sand beaches. “I am appealing to our senators to act soon enough on their own version of the House-passed measure establishing the Boracay […]

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SENATE URGED TO OK BILL ON PRIVATE SCHOOL TAX RATE

Camarines Sur Representative LRay Villafuerte is urging the Senate to act quickly to rescue  private schools  by passing before the adjournment of this congressional session on September 30 a bill that would permanently correct the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)’s flawed interpretation of a tax code provision increasing the corporate income  tax (CIT) rate on […]

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CONGRESS URGED TO OK BILLS FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS

With sufficient funding for all additional benefits of healthcare workers apparently still an uncertainty, Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte said that the long-term solution to guarantee such extra remuneration for  medical frontliners is for Congress to pass new legislation providing them with hazard pay plus substantial increases in the current rates of their overtime pay and […]

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VILLAFUERTE: OK HAZARD PAY FOR HEALTH WORKERS

Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte is calling on Congress to fast-track the approval of two legislative measures that aim to provide health workers with hazard pay plus substantial increases in the current rates of their overtime pay and other benefits.  Villafuerte said these proposals, which he authored, will prevent a repeat of the  current unrest […]

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CONGRESS URGED TO OK CORRECTIVE LAW ON SCHOOL TAX

Camarines Sur Representative LRay Villafuerte has expressed the hope that the two chambers of the Congress can work overtime to pass corrective legislation defining the tax rates for proprietary schools and allowing them amid the pandemic to enjoy a 1 percent preferential tax rate until June 30, 2023.  Villafuerte said the bill will not be passed on […]

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VILLAFUERTE: CREATE ‘MEGA FARMS’ FOR FOOD SECURITY

Given the 2.5%-contraction of agriculture in the year’s first semester–the biggest output decline in five years–Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte has called on the Duterte administration to invest bigtime in “mega farms” across the country to attain food security even at this time of the pandemic and finally transform this underperforming yet resources-rich sector into […]

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VILLAFUERTE: ENSURE NUTRITION OF WOMEN, CHILDREN

Camarines Sur Representative LRay Villafuerte has called for the full implementation of a 2018 law that expands state health and nutrition programs for women and children covering Day One of a mother’s pregnancy up to the child’s first two years, to help address disturbing data on hunger and malnutrition among “food poor” Filipinos.  The first […]