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POE: ‘BANGKO SA BARYO’ TO AID PANDEMIC-HIT POOR

Senator Grace Poe underscored the need to establish banking services in remote communities as more people turn to digital transactions on worries of coronavirus transmission. Poe, chairperson of the Senate committee on banks, financial institutions and currencies, led a virtual public hearing to tackle bills seeking to institutionalize Bangko sa Baryo that will allow banks […]

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PROTECT OFW REMITTANCES, MONEY TRANSFERS – POE

Senator Grace Poe said financial institutions such as banks and money transfer companies as well as regulators should do more to protect the remittances of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). The latest Consumer Expectations Survey of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed that 96 percent of households that receive remittances spend it on food and […]

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POE TO DA: BOOST AGRI PRODUCTION TO EASE HUNGER

Senator Grace Poe called on the Department of Agriculture (DA) to scale up local agricultural production and aim for a dynamic, high-growth sector to alleviate the hunger woes of millions of Filipinos. “Our people are hungry. There’s something disconcerting about the reality that this is happening in an agricultural country,” Poe said. “The number of […]

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PLAN FOR DISASTER MANAGEMENT NOW, SAYS SENATOR POE

Senator Grace Poe renewed her call to rationalize government structures and processes to pave the way for the creation of the Department of Disaster Resilience. Poe issued the reminder as the typhoon season begins and with Taal Volcano acting up amid the continuing threat of the pandemic. “The situation of our vulnerable countrymen becomes more […]

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POE TO AMLC: ENSURE NO DELAYS IN OFW REMITTANCES

Senator Grace Poe asked the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to give the Senate a written report on the efforts and challenges it is facing in a bid to strike the Philippines off the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) grey list. “We expect a substantial update from the AMLC on the concrete steps and direction we […]

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POE TO PHILHEALTH: RUSH HOSPITAL REIMBURSEMENTS

Senator Grace Poe called on the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to immediately settle unpaid claims of hundreds of hospitals, saying failure to do so would put in jeopardy their pandemic response. “PhilHealth should pay up. Hospitals are battlegrounds in this fight against COVID-19. They need what’s due to them, especially in this time when […]

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KEEP HUNGRY POOR CHILDREN FED AMID PANDEMIC – POE

Senator Grace Poe prodded the Inter-Agency Task Force on Zero Hunger to heighten ongoing efforts to ensure that Filipino children do not continue to suffer from the scourge of hunger and malnutrition amid the pandemic. Poe stressed that the country needs a focused, community-based approach in addressing the problem of malnutrition in Filipino children, led […]

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POE CALLS FOR BETTER ROAD, PUBLIC SAFETY SIGNS

Senator Grace Poe is seeking to lessen car accidents and other hazards by mandating government agencies to install road and other public safety signs that follow international standards. Poe filed Senate Bill No. 2293 or the Public Safety Signages Accountability Act for government to provide citizens with timely and correct information on traffic instructions, road […]

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POE TO TELCOS: FAST-TRACK INTERNET ACCESS INFRA

Senator Grace Poe urged telecommunications companies to continually fast-track the construction of cell towers and installation of fiber optic cables, as processes in securing government permits have already been shortened. “We must not cease to work double time to ensure faster and better internet service to all our people across the country,” said Poe, chairperson […]

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GIVE POOR WORKERS FREE BIKES – POE

Senator Grace Poe urged the government and the private sector to provide bicycles to the most vulnerable and indigent workers, “an available off-the-shelf solution” that would make commuting easier and safer for those who endure long waits and travel aboard crammed public utility vehicles. “You can move tens of thousands of people next week without […]