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NEW LAW GIVES GOV’T MORE TEETH VS ONLINE SCAMS

A measure granting the government more power to combat phishing and other online scams is awaiting President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature as the country sees an alarming rise in cyber threats, a lawmaker said. Camarines Sur Representative LRay Villafuerte said the expected signing into law of a bill enhancing financial consumer protection “couldn’t have come at […]

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BOOST TEACHERS’ WELFARE, NEXT ADMIN URGED

Uphold the welfare of teachers. This should be a priority of the next administration as the country continues to grapple with the education crisis according to Senator Win Gatchalian. Gatchalian pressed the importance of boosting the morale of teachers, citing their role as frontliners for learning continuity amid the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing recovery efforts. […]

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GOV’T TO SAVE P40-B WITH SOLAR POWER – VILLANUEVA

The government will be “saving billions, educating millions, employing thousands” should it equip its buildings, including schools, with solar power systems, Senator Joel Villanueva said. Villanueva made the call as he noted the big jump in the government’s electricity bill, from P34.58 billion in 2017 to P40.06 billion in 2019. “To put this in perspective, […]

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GOV’T HAS FUNDS FOR FREE COVID-19 TESTS – ANGARA

Senator Sonny Angara said that COVID-19 tests, if done at the government operated laboratories, should be free of charge to the public. With the demand for COVID-19 tests going up due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, Angara said there is sufficient funding under the 2022 national budget to cover for the requirements […]

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PBA PARTY-LIST BATS FOR ESPORTS GOV’T SUPPORT

The Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Party-list is pushing for the national government’s support in developing the gaming and esports industry in the Philippines, noting the massive number of active players in the country and their history of enthusiasm towards video games since the last decade.“They may not be known or as talked about as […]

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PUBLIC MUST HELP END CORRUPTION CYCLE – LACSON

It is high time to end the vicious cycle involving corruption cases where those involved lie low until the issue dies down – and the public can play a more active role to achieve this, Sen. Ping Lacson said. Lacson, who has actively participated in many Senate investigations involving corruption cases, said those involved have […]

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ALLOW GOV’T TO DIRECTLY PROCURE PORK – QUIMBO

A lawmaker stressed the need for policies that can help bring down commodity prices, particularly food prices, as the inflation in April remained unchanged from the previous month at 4.5 percent. Marikina City Representative Stella Quimbo said the main contributor continues to be the inflation for food and non-alcoholic beverages, which made up 40.9% of […]

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PLANS VS HUNGER AMID PANDEMIC IN PLACE — NOGRALES

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said in a radio interview over the weekend that government would concretely address issues arising from the pressing problem of hunger and poverty amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. “The hunger problem is worldwide. According to the United Nations, 690 million individuals suffer from hunger on a daily basis, and the […]

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FILL UP PLANTILLA POSTS IN GOVERNMENT – VILLANUEVA

Senator Joel Villanueva took issue with the government’s unfilled plantilla positions, pointing out that urgent need to fill vacant roles given the need to generate jobs amid the record-high unemployment caused by the ongoing pandemic and the recent natural calamities. Villanueva said that nearly 180,000 jobs in authorized plantilla positions in government remain unfilled, while it […]

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USE PLAIN LANGUAGE IN GOV’T ADVISORIES – LAPID

Senator Lito Lapid has filed a bill which seeks to require the use of plain language in government-issued public advisories, notices, announcements, and similar documents intended for public dissemination and distribution. Senate Bill 1911 mandates that all national government agencies, offices, instrumentalities including government-owned-and-controlled corporations (GOCCs) should adopt the use of plain language in English, […]