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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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OPLE THANKS HOUSE FOR APPROVAL OF DMW BUDGET

Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople expressed her deepest thanks and gratitude to the House of Representatives for its approval yesterday of the department’s proposed P15.2Bn 2023 budget. Quezon Representative Jayjay Suarez defended the appropriation which proposes a budget of P3.5B for the Office of the Secretary and the various units and bureaus under its supervision. […]

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DY BACKS HOUSE PROBE ON ISABELA ELECTRIC COOPS

Isabela 6th District Rep. Inno Dy expressed hope that a House probe on the poor service rendered by Isabela province’s two electric cooperatives would help improve the province’s power situation. “We hope that this inquiry will lead to an improvement in Isabela’s power situation. Hindi po makatarungan at makatao ang perwisyong dinadanas ng mga taga-Isabela […]

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HOUSE BEGINS PLENARY DEBATES ON 2023 BUDGET

The House of Representatives has commenced plenary deliberation on House Bill 4488 or the 2023 General Appropriations Bill (GAB). In his sponsorship speech, Committee on Appropriations Chairperson AKO BICOL Party-list Representative Zaldy Co said that it is the responsibility of Congress to pass a timely, responsive, and inclusive budget for the Filipino people. Co noted […]

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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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P2.31B OVP BUDGET FOR 2023 GETS HOUSE PANEL OK

The P2.31 billion proposed budget of the Office of the Vice President (OVP) swiftly breezed through the House Committee on Appropriations chaired by AKO BICOL Party-list Representative Zaldy Co after only a 10-minute hearing. After the opening remarks of Co, Minority Leader Marcelino Libanan moved to terminate the OVP budget briefing as a courtesy of […]

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ABANTE NAMED HOUSE HUMAN RIGHTS PANEL CHAIRPERSON

Manila 6th District Rep. Benny Abante, Jr. on Monday was named Chairperson of the House Committee on Human Rights, and said that he would work with its members to ensure that the HR committee “would pass legislation that would protect, advance, and enhance human rights in the country.” “There is a misconception,” said Abante, “that […]

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HOUSE PUSHES FOR STRONGER HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

The House Committee on Appropriations chaired by AKO BICOL party-list Representative Zaldy Co held a briefing on the P301-billion proposed budget of the Department of Health (DOH), together with its attached agencies and corporations, for the Fiscal Year 2023. At the onset, Co recognized that the DOH would continue to play an indispensable role as […]

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NOGRALES VOWS TO TACKLE HIGHER WAGES BILLS SOON

Rizal 4th District Rep. Fidel Nograles, chairperson of the labor and employment committee of the House of Representatives said his panel is set to tackle the issue of higher wages soon. “May mga panukalang batas tungkol sa pagtataas ng sahod na nakatakda nating isalang sa lalong madaling panahon. Once preparations are done and all stakeholders […]

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TAX REFORM PACKAGE REACHES HOUSE PLENARY

The final package of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP), which is a legislative priority of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. during his first State of the Nation Address, was sponsored before the plenary of the House of Representatives recently. In his sponsorship speech, House Ways and Means chair Representative Joey Salceda said House Bill 4339 […]