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BETTER POWER SERVICE FOR DAVAO DEL NORTE, ILOILO

The Senate has passed on the third and final reading local bills that are expected to improve services and bring down electricity rates in the provinces of Iloilo and Davao del Norte. Voting 17-1-0, senators approved House Bill No. (HBN) 10306, which proposes to expand the franchise granted to MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE […]

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NO MORE MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR IN-PERSON CLASSES

Senator Nancy Binay thanked the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Commission on Higher Education for their move to repeal the policy requiring students in higher education institutions (HEIs) to have medical insurance before participating in in-person classes. “Nagpapasalamat tayo sa IATF at CHED sa pagbawi ng requirement na […]

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GATCHALIAN TO CHAIR SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Senator Win Gatchalian will keep his chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture in the 19th Congress. Gatchalian vowed to continue his pursuit of reforms that will address the education crisis and improve the performance of the country’s learners. Among the veteran legislator’s priorities are the full resumption of face-to-face classes, […]

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P1K MONTHLY PENSION FOR SENIORS GETS SENATE OK

Re-elected Senator Joel Villanueva fulfills one of his campaign promises as Senate Bill No. 2506 which proposes a P500 increase in the monthly social pension for indigent senior citizens is passed on third reading in the Senate. “This is a huge blessing as we have already fulfilled one of our campaign promises even before our […]

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FARMERS’ ACCESS TO LOANS BILL GETS HOUSE OK

With the end in view of enhancing access of agricultural communities to financial services and programs that increase productivity, the Senate ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the bill repealing Republic Act No. 10000 or the Agri-Agra Reform Credit Act of 2009. Senator Cynthia Villar, the chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture, Food, and […]

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SENATE OK FOR YOUNG ARTISTS NAT’L COMPETITIONS

Wider opportunities await Filipino musical talents with the passage of a bill seeking to institutionalize the National Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) by designating it as the Philippine National Youth Development Program. Senate Bill No. 2504 or the National Music Competitions for Young Artists Act was authored by Senators Bong Revilla Jr. and Sonny Angara. […]

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‘NATIONAL BAPTIST DAY’ GETS SENATE OK – GATCHALIAN

The Senate approved a proposed measure that seeks to declare the second Thursday of January of every year a special working holiday to be known as “National Baptist Day.” For Senator Win Gatchalian, co-author and sponsor of the measure, this is a recognition of the Philippine Baptists’ contribution to nation-building. In sponsoring Senate Bill No. […]

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MAKE SENATE PANEL REPORTS PUBLIC RECORDS – GORDON

Senator Dick Gordon reiterated the public’s right to know the specific stance of its solons in topics of national importance such as corruption. During his privilege speech, Gordon stressed the importance of putting into public record the committee report as it remains two signatures short of the minimum count of 11. “People of this country […]

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SOLONS MEET BONGBONG MARCOS FOR LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

Senate Majority Leader Migz Zubiri and House Majority Leader Ferdinand Martin Romualdez led the contingent of lawmakers from both houses of Congress, in discussing the legislative agenda with incoming President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. during a meeting in his headquarters in Mandaluyong City. During the courtesy call, Zubiri who is rumored to be vying for […]

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INDISCRIMINATE GUN DISCHARGE BILL GETS SENATE OK

The Senate passed on final reading a proposed measure seeking to penalize willful and indiscriminate discharge of firearms including those authorized to bear arms. Sponsored by Senator Ronald Dela Rosa, chairperson of the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, Senate Bill No. (SBN) 2501 or an Act Penalizing Willful and Indiscriminate discharge of firearms, […]