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VILLAFUERTE WELCOMES LUZON REHAB TASK FORCE

Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte has welcomed Malacañang’s creation of an expanded, special inter-agency task force to take charge of rehabilitating Bicol and other places across Luzon affected by the three devastating typhoons that struck Luzon in barely two weeks’ time. “We welcome the apparent expansion of the special task force that President Duterte created […]

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VILLAFUERTE LAUDS DUTERTE HIGH APPROVAL RATING

Deputy Speaker LRay Villafuerte has appealed to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to speed up the release of the balance of the stimulus funds earmarked for state agencies and sectoral groups under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2), so the  government could accelerate and broaden its efforts to defeat COVID-19 […]

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STRENGHTEN ANTI-RED TAPE LAW – VILLAFUERTE, DAZA

If we want to cut red tape, we need to put more teeth in the anti-red tape law and augment Anti-Red Tape Authority‘s (ARTA) budget, not create another law. The call was made by Representative Paul Daza (1st District, Northern Samar), vice-chairperson of the Committee on Appropriations and sponsor of ARTA’s budget in the 2021 […]

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BAYANIHAN 2 HAS HOUSE-INTRODUCED PROVISIONS TO BEEF UP LGU COVID RESPONSE, HASTEN BUSINESS RECOVERY — VILLAFUERTE

Deputy Speaker LRay Villafuerte said over the weekend the proposed Bayanihan To Heal As One Act that the House of Representatives is set to ratify on Monday contains features that aim to strengthen the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response capabilities of local government units (LGUs) and hasten the recovery of businesses hit hard by the coronavirus-induced […]

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VILLAFUERTE: HOUSE TO GIVE FINAL OK ON BAYANIHAN 2 THIS WEEK

The House of Representatives is set to approve on third and final reading this week the proposed Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, with the hope that Congress will have provided President Rodrigo Duterte by September with special powers anew to best deal with the apparently protracted global health and economic crisis spawned by the […]

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VILLAFUERTE: USE ABS-CBN RADIO-TV FREQUENCIES FOR ALTERNATIVE DISTANCE LEARNING

Deputy Speaker LRay Villafuerte has filed a resolution recommending the temporary use by the government of ABS-CBN’s former television and radio frequencies as a means to provide alternative distance learning modalities to students this coming schoolyear to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the country’s education system.  In filing House Resolution (HR) […]

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HOUSE OKAYS BILL ON LEGAL, LABOR FRAMEWORK FOR ‘GIG’ ECONOMY

The House of Representatives has passed on second reading before adjourning sine die a measure that aims to establish employment standards in the so-called “gig” economy populated by online-based freelance employees, in a bid to generate more jobs and career workers in the digital sector as the country transitions to the “new normal” way of transacting business and services.  […]

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HOUSE APPROVES TELECOMMUTING – VILLAFUERTE

The House of Representatives, voting 239–0 and without abstention, approved on third and final reading House Bill 7402 which would allow an employee in the private sector to work from an alternative workplace with the use of telecommunication or computer technologies through a flexible work arrangement. Principally authored by Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr., the […]

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House Moves to Extend Validity of Drivers’ Licenses From Three Years to Five Years – VILLAFUERTE

  The House committee on transportation chaired by Rep. Cesar Sarmiento (1st District, Samar) created two technical working groups which will consolidate bills seeking to extend the validity of drivers’ licenses and to promote sustainable transportation systems. The panel named Rep. Johnny Ty Pimentel (2nd District, Surigao del Sur) to head the TWG that will […]