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SENATE TO HONOR F. SIONIL JOSE – DE LIMA

Senator Leila de Lima filed a Proposed Senate Resolution honoring the late National Artist for Literature, F. Sionil Jose, for his invaluable contributions to Philippine literature. De Lima, a champion of social justice and human rights, said Jose’s pieces depict social issues and struggles and emphasize the importance of social justice, thereby immortalizing arts in […]

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PANGILINAN MARKS 2021 WITH GOVERNANCE ACHIEVEMENTS

In his last full year as a lawmaker, Senator Kiko Pangilinan has continued to serve the interests of Filipino farmers, fisherfolk, and the agriculture sector through his legislative work amid the challenges and difficulties brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the height of the price increase of basic commodities in January, Pangilinan immediately called on […]

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SENATE PASSES BILL AMENDING PUBLIC SERVICE ACT

The Senate has passed on third and final reading the bill that would open up the Philippines to more foreign investors. Senate Bill (SB) 2094 hurdled the upper chamber with 19 affirmative votes, three negative votes and zero abstention from senators. It seeks to amend the 85-year-old Commonwealth Act No. 146, known as the Public […]

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SOLO PARENT ACT GETS SENATE OK – ZUBIRI

The Senate approved the Expanded Solo Parents Welfare Act on third and final reading. It amends Republic Act No. 8972, An Act Providing for Benefits and Privileges to Solo Parents and the Children, to improve government services for solo parents. “I thank and congratulate Sen. Risa Hontiveros for her efforts behind this, as sponsor of […]

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VILLAFUERTE TO SENATORS: PASS BILL ON IRA HIKE

Camarines Sur Representative LRay Villafuerte called on senators to consider a measure that aims to further increase the fiscal autonomy of the local government units (LGUs), allow them to bankroll more development projects and rev up the delivery of frontline services in their respective localities. Villafuerte told senators that, “Strengthening local autonomy by increasing the IRA prepares […]

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SENATE OKS LEARNERS WITH DISABILITY BICAM REPORT

Senator Win Gatchalian hailed the Senate’s ratification of the bicameral conference committee report on a landmark measure ensuring accessible education and related services for learners with disabilities. The bicam report on the proposed measure, titled “Instituting a Policy of Inclusion and Services for Learners with Disabilities in Support of Inclusive Education Act,” settled disagreeing provisions […]

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PANGILINAN BACKS PROBE OF AGRI PRODUCTS SMUGGLING

Senator Kiko Pangilinan welcomed and joined the move to investigate in aid of legislation the rampant smuggling of agricultural products in the country. In his manifestation, the former Senate agriculture chair and food security secretary expressed his support to the call of Senate President Tito Sotto to probe large-scale smuggling of agricultural products and its […]

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LIZZIE ZOBEL DE AYALA’S CITIZENSHIP GETS SENATE OK

Senators approved on third and final reading a bill granting Philippine citizenship to Elizabeth “Lizzie” Eder Zobel de Ayala who has dedicated her life to various socio-civic activities in the country and championing the causes of literacy, education, and family planning, among others. All 21 senators, physically and virtually present, gave their thumbs up to […]

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DEPED P629-B 2022 BUDGET GETS SENATE OK — BRIONES

The Department of Education (DepEd) successfully defended its approved budget for 2022 amounting to P629.8 billion before the Senate of the Philippines. DepEd and its attached agencies are set to receive a P629.8 billion budget for its National Expenditure Program for 2022, 6% higher than its P595 billion budget in 2021 to primarily support the […]

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ADDED BUDGET FOR RETROFITTING OF SCHOOLS HAILED

The Philippine Educators Alliance for Community Empowerment (PEACE) Party-list hailed the inclusion by the Senate of additional funds for the retrofitting of schools in the proposed 2022 national budget. “We thank the Senate for responding to calls for funding so that our schools may better handle the new demands of face-to-face learning. Nananalig kaming maipapasa […]