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TOLENTINO TO DBM: EMPOWER LGUS TO FIGHT RECESSION

Senator Francis Tolentino urged the incoming leadership of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to empower local government units using the “Mandanas ruling” of the Supreme Court in averting the effects of a looming global recession amid the combined effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the inflation brought by the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict. Tolentino […]

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BENGUET DEV’T BODY GETS SENATE OK – TOLENTINO

A bill seeking to create a development authority embracing Baguio City, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba, and Tublay in Benguet province received unanimous support from senators who voted 18-0-0 to pass it on the third and final reading. House Bill No. 9215 sponsored by the chairman of the Committee on Local Government, Senator Francis Tolentino, […]

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TAMPAKAN MINING PROJECT IS SAFE, SAYS TOLENTINO

Senator Francis Tolentino said the Tampakan copper-gold project being pushed to resume by Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI) in Tampakan, South Cotabato will be beneficial to local residents. Tolentino stressed the Tampakan copper-gold project will be “cost-effective” and safe. “Cost effective yung extraction ng open-pit mining kasi mababaw lang ang paghuhukay niyan eh, makukuha agad yung mina,” the legislator said in “Sa […]

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BSP URGED TO REMOVE ‘E-SABONG’ FROM E-WALLET APP

Senator Francis Tolentino urged the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to order the removal of the online sabong (cockfight) feature from existing e-wallet applications amid the latest order issued by Malacañang that stopped e-sabong (online cockfighting) operations. According to Tolentino, since President Rodrigo Duterte already “cut the legal umbilical cord” of the e-sabong industry, the […]

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TOLENTINO LAUDS DUTERTE EO REGULATING BILLBOARDS

Senator Francis Tolentino lauded President Rodrigo Duterte after signing an executive order (EO) that seeks to regulate advertising signs and billboards, citing safety and environmental concerns. Tolentino, chairman of the Senate Committee Local Government has been long advocating against unsafe and illegally-constructed billboards, especially when he was still the chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development […]

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LIMIT OIC POWERS IN GOV’T AGENCIES – TOLENTINO

Officials designated as officers-in-charge (OICs) of government agencies are barred from entering into long-term agreements or high-value contracts on behalf of the government, if the proposed measure filed by Senator Francis Tolentino is enacted into law. Tolentino filed Senate Bill No. 2434, which seeks to amend the provisions of Executive Order No. 292 or the […]

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RESCHED OF BARMM POLLS GETS SENATE OK – TOLENTINO

The Senate approved on third and final reading the bill seeking to reset the first regular elections in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) with a vote of 15-3-1. Senate Bill No. 2214, sponsored by Local Government Committee Chairman Francis Tolentino, proposes to move the date of the BARMM elections from May 2022 […]

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TOLLWAYS SHOULD BE FILIPINO-OWNED – TOLENTINO

Senator Francis Tolentino has expressed doubts over a proposal which would allow foreign fully-owned companies to control and operate the country’s toll expressways. Tolentino said tollways are the blood veins of the Philippine economy, encompassing our way of life and facilitating the mobility of people, goods, and services. The legislator underscored the importance of tollways, […]

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SOLONS FILE RESO CREATING SENATE MEDAL OF HONOR

Three majority-bloc senators filed a resolution that seeks to establish the Philippine Senate Medal of Honor award in recognition of outstanding athletes, uniformed personnel, scientists, and exceptional individuals or institutions for their extraordinary service and invaluable contributions to nation-building. Authored by Senate Majority Floor Leader Migz Zubiri, and Senators Sonny Angara and Francis Tolentino, the […]

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TOLENTINO: CLASSROOM CLASSES IN LOW-RISK AREAS

Senator Francis Tolentino is pushing for the gradual resumption of face-to-face classes in low-risk island provinces in the country for the upcoming opening of the school year in September amid the current COVID-19 pandemic. In an interview with ANC’s Headstart, Tolentino stressed that island provinces such as Guimaras, Biliran, Batanes, and Camiguin which have low […]