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ADOPT SWAB-ON-ARRIVAL POLICY FOR OFWS – PIMENTEL

Senator Koko Pimentel III said he supports the “swab-upon-arrival” policy for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs). This is in response to the various appeals received by Pimentel’s office from OFWs asking for more reasonable quarantine protocols. The existing protocols require OFWs and ROFs to undergo a minimum of 10 days quarantine […]

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BILL AMENDING RETAIL TRADE LAW GETS SENATE OK

The Senate approved on third and final reading a measure that aims to further relax qualifications for foreign retailers to enter the Philippines. Voting 20-0-0, the chamber passed Senate Bill No. (SBN) 1840 seeking to amend Republic Act (RA) No. 8762, otherwise known as the Retail Trade Liberalization Act (RTLA) of 2000. “The proposed measure […]

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SENATE RATIFIES NUCLEAR WEAPONS BAN TREATY

The Senate adopted a resolution expressing its concurrence to the ratification of a treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons (TPNW). Proposed Senate Resolution 620, introduced and sponsored by Senator Koko Pimentel III, was unanimously adopted with 23 votes. The resolution was co-sponsored by Sen. Risa Hontiveros and all other senators. “The Treaty further reinforces […]

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PH TO BENEFIT FROM ELON MUSK’S COMPANY – PIMENTEL

Senator Koko Pimentel III underscored the urgency of improving broadband connectivity in the Philippines during an online meeting with the representative of Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies, Corp. (SpaceX) held recently. The meeting, attended by Pimentel and his legislative staff, was part of SpaceX’s initiative to discuss the Starlink satellite broadband project and its potential […]

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SENATE COMMENDS JAPAN PM SHINZO ABE – PIMENTEL

The Senate adopted a resolution commending Japan’s longest serving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for his significant contribution in strengthening relations between Japan and the Philippines. Senate Resolution No. (SRN) 525, introduced by Senator Koko Pimentel III, recognized Prime Minister Abe’s tenure which has contributed to the reinvigorated, strong, friendly and cooperative Philippines-Japan relations. “Abe has […]

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PIMENTEL: CREATE ONLINE SHOPPING PLATFORM FOR PH PRODUCTS

Senator Koko Pimentel III is urging the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to develop in-house an online shopping platform for Philippine-made or Philippine-grown products and help micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Acknowledging the use of digital technology as the new normal, Pimentel is pushing for a Filipino-made selling […]

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QUARANTINE BREACH COMPLAINT AGAINST ME IS FATALLY DEFECTIVE – PIMENTEL

Senator Koko Pimentel III has formally refuted the charges against him before the Department of Justice (DOJ) for alleged violation of quarantine protocols. In his counter-affidavit filed through e-mail, Pimentel said the complaint against him “is fatally defective. “It is based principally on news reports.” “It is based principally on news reports. Considering (complainant) Atty. […]

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REDUCE RENTAL RATES OF MSMEs BY 50% – PIMENTEL

Senator Koko Pimentel III is appealing to commercial lessors to reduce by up to 50 percent the rental rates of all bona fide micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as a way to stimulate the country’s economic recovery. This came after both government and private sectors step up measures to help alleviate the effects of […]

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WE THANK JAPAN FOR INCLUDING PH IN CLINICAL TRIAL OF ANTI-VIRAL DRUG AVIGAN – PIMENTEL

Senator Koko Pimentel III backs the clinical trial of the Japan-made anti-viral drug Avigan in the Philippines as part of the government’s efforts to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, crediting such development to Philippine foreign policy of being “a friend to all nations.” This came after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that Japan […]

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DFA SHOULD CONTINUE HELPING OFWS – PIMENTEL

Senator Koko Pimentel III lauded the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for its successful efforts and continued assistance to Filipinos abroad amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Pimentel, who is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, noted that the repatriation program for displaced Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and the daily tracking of […]