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P5-T 2022 NAT’L BUDGET GETS HOUSE OK – VELASCO

The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading the proposed P5.024-trillion budget for 2022. With 238 affirmative votes, 6 negative votes, and no abstention, the chamber passed House Bill 10153, or the 2022 General Appropriations Bill (GAB), which is the last full year budget to be enacted under the administration of President Rodrigo […]

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BILL EXTENDING VOTER REGISTRATION GETS HOUSE OK

The House of Representatives unanimously approved a measure seeking to extend the voter registration deadline for another 30 days. With 193 affirmative votes, the chamber approved House Bill 10261, which proposes to fix the last day of registration of voters for the 2022 polls. Currently, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) set the deadline on September […]

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HOUSE HONORS OLYMPIAN ONYOK VELASCO

The House of Representatives, led by Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, paid tribute to 1996 Atlanta Olympics boxing silver medalist Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco Jr. and his valuable contributions to the Philippine boxing community. Onyok was awarded with a Congressional Certificate of Recognition during a luncheon hosted by Speaker Velasco in honor of 2020 Tokyo Olympic medalists […]

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GERIATRIC INSTITUTE GETS HOUSE PANEL OK – VELASCO

A House of Representatives panel approved the tax provision of the measure seeking to create a National Center for Geriatric Health and Research Institute (NCGHRI). In an online hearing, the House Committee on Ways and Means approved the substitute bill that would establish dedicated medical facilities and geriatric specialty centers across all regions. “The NCGHRI […]

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PETECIO, PAALAM, MARCIAL TO GET HOUSE MEDALS

The House of Representatives will bestow the Congressional Medal of Distinction on boxers Nesthy Petecio, Carlo Paalam and Eumir Marcial for winning two silver medals and a bronze for the Philippines in the recently concluded Tokyo Summer Olympics.Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, Majority Leader Ferdinand Martin Romualdez and Minority Leader Joseph Stephen Paduano have filed House […]

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BILL BANNING SINGLE-USE PLASTIC GETS HOUSE OK

The House of Representatives approved on final reading a bill banning single-use plastic to better address the pollution linked to these disposable items. With 190 affirmative votes, zero negative votes, and one abstention, the chamber passed on third reading House Bill 9147, which seeks to regulate the production, importation, sale, distribution, provision, use, recovery, collection, […]

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HOUSE LAUNCHES WEBSITE FOR DUTERTE’S SONA 2021

The House of Representatives launched a dedicated website that provides verified information about President Rodrigo Duterte’s upcoming State of the Nation Address (SONA).Speaker Lord Allan Velasco said the new website contains not only the latest news and updates about the President’s sixth and final SONA, but also the legislative accomplishments of the Duterte administration. “President […]

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HOUSE PAYS TRIBUTE TO EX-DEPUTY SPEAKER VILLAROSA

Speaker Lord Allan Velasco recently led the House of Representatives in paying tribute to the late Deputy Speaker Ma. Amelita “Girlie” Calimbas-Villarosa during a necrological service held at the session hall inside the Batasang Pambansa complex in Quezon City. Villarosa died of an aneurysm while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Metro Manila on May […]

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VELASCO WANTS UNIFIED CONTACT TRACING PROTOCOL

Speaker Lord Allan Velasco has filed a resolution urging the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to establish a unified national contact tracing protocol to ensure a more effective health emergency data monitoring system in the country.In House Resolution No. 1536 he filed last week, Velasco underscored the need […]

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ALLOW DUTERTE TO DEFER SSS, PHILHEALTH RATE HIKES

House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco filed two separate bills seeking to grant President Rodrigo Duterte the power to suspend the scheduled increases in the contribution rates of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) and the Social Security System (SSS) “in times of national emergencies.”The twin measures seek to amend Republic Act (RA) 11223 or the […]