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TOBACCO TAX HIKE BILL TO PASS BEFORE 17TH CONGRESS ADJOURNS – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian has renewed his call for the immediate passage of a bill that would increase the tobacco excise tax to ₱70, in a bid to not only curb tobacco consumption among Filipinos but also raise funds for the government’s universal health care program. Gatchalian expressed optimism that Senate Bill No. (SBN) 2177 will […]

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RETHINK AGRI POLICY IN LIGHT OF CLIMATE CHANGE – AGRI PARTY-LIST

With Malacañang announcing that it has come up with a roadmap to mitigate the effects of El Niño and ensure stable water supply in the country, a party-list representing the agriculture sector is calling for government to rethink its agricultural policy and take into account the worsening climate change situation. “While we grapple with the […]

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CABINET ASSISTANCE SYSTEM MEETINGS TO BE CONVENED OUTSIDE METRO MANILA – NOGRALES

The government is bringing its Cabinet Assistance System (CAS) meetings to the provinces in a bid to widen discussions on issues affecting the countryside. According to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, this is the first time that undersecretaries and assistant secretaries will take part in CAS meetings to be convened outside of Metro Manila. “This is […]

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ECs LAUDS CUSI FOR FOR URGING GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO SETTLE POWER DEBTS

Electric cooperatives (ECs) have lauded Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi for urging government agencies to settle their electricity bills, saying that the timely payment of the agencies’ obligations would allow the ECs to properly service their franchise areas. Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, Inc. (PHILRECA) Executive Director Atty. Janeene Depay-Colingan on Sunday said […]

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PROTECT AGRICULTURE, EXPAND CROP INSURANCE – PIMENTEL

Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Chairperson Koko Pimentel III said on Sunday that he was planning to convene insurance stakeholders to discuss and propose measures that would give added protection to Filipino farmers, particularly from the damaging effects of typhoons and natural calamities. The move was meant to enhance the food security situation […]

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SENATE, HOUSE RATIFY BICAM REPORT OF WORK-FROM-HOME BILL – VILLANUEVA

The Telecommuting Act of 2017 or more commonly known as “work-from-home” bill authored and sponsored by Senator Joel Villanueva is only one step closer to becoming a law as it awaits the President’s signature following its bicam report ratification this month. The bill encourages employers to allow telecommuting or the partial or total substitution of […]

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Government Workers’ Midyear Bonus Envelopes Are Fatter This Year – ANGARA

  Government workers’ midyear bonus envelopes, particularly those that are P82,000 and below, are fatter this year, according to Senator Sonny Angara. Angara, chairman of the Senate committee on ways and means, announced that the benefit of Republic Act 10653, which he authored and sponsored last year, mandating tax exemption for bonuses not over than […]

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We Need to Augment the PERA to Help Government Workers – TRILLANES

  Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has sponsored Senate Bill No. 807 or the bill increasing the monthly Personnel Economic Relief Allowance (PERA) granted to all government employees. In the sponsorship speech delivered by Trillanes, he said, “In 1993, President Fidel Ramos signed Administrative Order No. 53, which granted Five Hundred Peso additional compensation to all […]

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House to Institutionalize National Land Use Policy – BELMONTE

  The House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 5240 which seeks to institutionalize a national land use policy aimed at ending the destruction of the country’s land resources and promoting balanced development. The bill mandates the standardization and classification of land use for the purposes of planning and implementation into protection […]

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House Embarks on First-Ever 11-Day Naval Highway, Roads and Ports Inspection – SARMIENTO

  Despite the congressional recess, the House committee on transportation chaired by Rep. Cesar V. Sarmiento (Lone District, Catanduanes) recently convened to report on the outcome of its 11-day Western-Eastern Nautical Highway Expedition held from March 17 to 27, 2017. The committee also scrutinized the plans of concerned government agencies and stakeholders in preparation for […]