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ANGARA: DUTERTE ADMIN LOANS SUPPORTED PH ECONOMY

The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte did a fair job in borrowing money amid the pandemic, Senator Sonny Angara said. Angara, chair of the Senate committee on finance, said he understands the need for the government to borrow money to support the economy and provide for the needs of its constituents. “It’s been a difficult […]

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DIALOGUE TO SETTLE CEBU FACE MASK ISSUE — ANGARA

Senator Sonny Angara called on the national government and Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia to sit down for a dialogue to iron out their differences on the enforcement of the mask mandate. Angara said he understands Garcia’s sentiments over the issue, saying Cebu is a province that is dependent on tourism income. “Naiintindihan ko yung point ni governor in […]

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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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NAT’L YOUTH DAY, SUMMER CAMP BILLS GET SENATE OK

A bill declaring August 12 of every year as National Youth Day was approved by the Senate on final reading. Senate Bill No. 2503 was authored by Senators Bong Revilla Jr. and Sonny Angara. Angara, chairman of the Committee on Youth and sponsor of the bill, said the measure coincides with the declaration of International […]

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PH ECONOMY TO SUSTAIN PATH TO RECOVERY – ANGARA

While there remain serious challenges ahead for the next administration, Senator Sonny Angara is confident the Philippines will be able to sustain its path towards recovery and even emerge stronger with the support of its people. Just like what took place in previous administrations whenever there was a change in power, Angara said the key […]

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SBCORP LOANS TO HELP JUMPSTART TOURISM INDUSTRY

Senator Sonny Angara called on the Small Business Corporation (SBCorp) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) to utilize the unspent funding from Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2) to help the stakeholders in the tourism industry prepare for the restart of activities after close to two years of hibernation. As the sponsor of […]

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PDIC CHARTER AMENDMENTS GET SENATE OK – ANGARA

The Senate unanimously approved on third and final reading a bill amending the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC) charter, making it an attached agency of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). Voting 23-0-0, the Senate passed during Senate Bill No. (SBN) 2365 or An Act Amending Sections 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, […]

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BILL FOR HEALTH WORKERS’ BENEFITS GETS SENATE OK

Health care workers are now assured of receiving their COVID-19 benefits and allowances as long as the state of national public health emergency declared by the President is in place, Senator Sonny Angara said. As the sponsor and co-author of Senate Bill 2421 that was approved on third and final reading, Angara said there should […]

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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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TAX RELIEF LAW FOR PRIVATE SCHOOLS INKED

Senator Sonny Angara lauded the enactment of the law clarifying the preferential tax treatment granted to private schools, saying this will save many struggling schools from closing down permanently. Republic Act 11635 amends Section 27(B) of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 and was signed on December 10, 2021 by President Rodrigo Duterte. “It […]