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Bills cutting corporate income tax, raising alcohol levy to advance in...

THE BILL reducing the corporate income tax and streamlining fiscal incentives will likely be approved on second reading in the House of Representatives in two weeks, the head of the chamber’s Ways and Means committee said on Thursday.

House committee OK’s corporate tax cut

A SECOND key tax reform -- which slashes corporate income tax rates but also streamlines investors’ perks -- hurdled a committee of the House of Representatives a day after another measure, which raises alcohol products’ excise tax rates, bagged approval from the same body.

Lawmakers to minimize risk of 2020 budget delay

LAWMAKERS of both chambers of Congress are moving to avoid another delay in enactment of the national budget, which has put the government’s economic growth target this year at risk.

DFA signals openness to bigger foreign role in EEZ surveys

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. is considering opening up marine surveys of the Philippines’ exclusive economic zones (EEZs) to more foreign participation, subject to the condition that they use Philippine ships or cede leadership of the survey mission to Filipinos.

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A LAWMAKER has filed a bill that aims to establish emergency and trauma facilities in tourism hubs in the country following recent reports of accidents involving tourists.

Government relocation touted as traffic solution

A SENATE committee heard proposals Tuesday to relocate the national government out of Metro Manila and a street parking crackdown as possible long-term solutions to road congestion.

Duterte signs measure reducing power bill

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte signed a bill promising to lower power bills by tapping surpluses generated by the Malampaya gas project to cover some electric bill items, legislators said.

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MALACAÑANG ON Tuesday advised Filipinos against traveling to Hong Kong amid continuing violent protests in the Chinese Special Administrative Region.

Senators move anew to lift restrictions on foreign participation in public...

MEASURES amending the 82-year-old Commonwealth Act No. 146, or Public Service Act (PSA), to remove foreign ownership limits on sectors engaged in public services have been filed anew in the Senate.

DoF: Mining tax reform still on the table

INCREASING the state’s share in mining revenues is one of the tax reforms targeted by the government for enactment in the next two years, even as President Rodrigo R. Duterte did not mention it in his July 22 State of the Nation Address (SoNA), but it will take a back seat to the other measures, a senior official of the Department of Finance (DoF) said last weekend.

US says yes to DFA’s help request in search for missing...

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. on Sunday reached out to the United States for assistance in locating a missing plane and student pilot in Aurora.

BSP chief signals more policy tweaks ahead

Another cut in key policy rates as well as banks’ reserve requirement ratio (RRR) “can take place some time next month”, BSP Governor Benjamin E. Diokno said in an interview aired over ABS-CBN News Channel on Friday afternoon.

Duterte may create STL agency under his office

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday said he might create an agency under his office that will award small town lottery (STL) franchises to prevent corruption.

US lifts security advisory on NAIA

THE United States Homeland Security has lifted is security advisory on the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) issued in December, it said in a statement late Thursday.

Duterte appoints new CIIF officials

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed a new president and chairman for the Coconut Industry Investment Fund Oil Mills Group (CIIF OMG), the presidential palace said on Friday.

China to crack down on gambling, POGO exploitation

CHINA signaled a crackdown on cross-border gambling after alleging that many its nationals working in the Philippine offshore gaming industry were recruited illegally.

Senate to hold provincial bus ban hearing on Tuesday

THE SENATE committee on public services will hold on Tuesday a public hearing on the provincial bus ban, which was put on a test run Wednesday and worsened traffic along EDSA.

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THE CHAIRPERSON of the House committee on heath has filed a bill that prohibits the selling, serving, and consumption of alcohol and alcoholic beverages in all streets, sidewalks, parks, and parking areas.

Dec. 15 2020 budget enactment targeted

THE SENATE finance committee will hold parallel hearings on the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020 in a bid to send it to President Rodrigo R. Duterte for signing by Dec. 15, ahead of adjournment on Dec. 20.

Senate body agrees to defer village polls

A SENATE body on Wednesday agreed in principle to defer the May 2020 village and youth council elections, but has yet to decide on the new dates.

Senate panel to seek red tape reduction reports during budget hearings

THE Senate finance committee has asked government agencies to report on their efforts to reduce red tape during budget deliberations for 2020, its chair Senator Juan Edgardo M. Angara said.

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THE DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has released the guidelines on the issuance of a required document for retrenched employees who want to avail of unemployment insurance from the Social Security System.

LEDAC to start quarterly meetings

THE LEGISLATIVE-EXECUTIVE Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) will hold quarterly meetings to ensure smooth action on priority measures, Senate leaders said after the body’s organizational meeting on Monday.

HUDCC warns of impending budget cuts for housing

THE Senate committee on urban housing, planning and resettlement on Monday was warned of underfunding for the agencies that will be folded into the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development.

Senate panel to seek inquiry into unregistered POGO workers

SENATOR Emmanuel J. Villanueva is drafting a resolution calling for an investigation into Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) and the industry’s failure to remit tax to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

ECC cuts penalty on late SSS and GSIS remittances

THE Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) has cut by one point the monthly penalty on employers who fail to remit their workers’ pension contributions to 2%.

MinDa added to energy investment council

THE Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) was added to the Energy Investment Coordinating Council (EICC), the national inter-agency body tasked to coordinate investments in the energy sector.

Senate seeking probe of Health department overstocking of medicine

SENATORS said they intend to investigate the Department of Health after the Commission on Audit (CoA) found the department to have overstocked P18.4 billion worth of medicine, much of which is approaching their expiration dates.

Lotto operations back; PCSO loses P250 million

LOTTO operations resumed on Wednesday after the state-owned charity lost at least P250 million from a four-day suspension by President Rodrigo R. Duterte, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said yesterday.

Itbayat infrastructure damage at P293M — DPWH; DoTr lines up port...

INFRASTRUCTURE DAMAGE cost from the July 27 earthquakes in Itbayat, Batanes is so far estimated at P292.85 million, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Business groups pitch reform bills to 18th Congress

MEASURES that will further liberalize the economy to attract more foreign capital and make it easier to do business in the country made up a list of 28 proposed laws which 14 local and foreign groups have pitched to the 18th Congress.

Senate, Finance department move to expedite tax reform legislation

THE SENATE Ways and Means committee will conduct parallel tax reform hearings with the House of Representatives, while the Department of Finance (DoF) has begun meeting with both chambers, in order to ensure prompt approval of the bills.

Senate panel to probe slow RCEF disbursement

THE Senate committee on agriculture and food will look into the slow disbursement of the P10-billion Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF), which is authorized by Republic Act No. 11203, or the Rice Tariffication Act.

Take two for security of tenure measure

THE LABOR department and the Senate have taken steps to revive a proposal that would tighten controls on labor contracting, a few days after President Rodrigo R. Duterte struck down a similar measure just before it would have lapsed into law last Saturday for unduly burdening business.

Senate may probe DoH ‘conflict of interest’

THE SENATE will consider a probe of Health Secretary Francisco H. Duque III for alleged conflict of interest involving a family company, Senator Christopher Lawrence T. Go said yesterday.

Belt and Road forum highlights opportunities

A FORUM on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) on Friday highlighted opportunities and downplayed perceived risks in the Philippines’ participation in the scheme.

More Filipinos distrust China — Pulse Asia poll

MORE Filipinos have expressed distrust in China as of end-June month after the alleged sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel in the South China Sea, according to Pulse Asia Research Inc.

Marcos to focus on anti-poverty efforts as chair of Senate panel

THE Senate economic affairs committee will focus on poverty reduction measures, its chairman, Senator Imee R. Marcos, said.

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THE DEPARTMENT of Interior and Local Government (DILG) will soon release a formal directive to local government units (LGUs) to clear roads and sidewalks from obstructions within 60 days, and mayors who fail to do so could face suspension.

VP’s satisfaction rating falls in SWS poll

VICE-PRESIDENT Maria Leonor G. Robredo’s net satisfaction rating fell from good to moderate, down by 14 points from the previous quarter to +28, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll.

Senate committee leaderships announced

THE Senate on Tuesday elected the heads of its various committees starting with the finance body, which will be headed by Senator Juan Edgardo M. Angara.

Justice Carpio refutes Duterte on China row

CHINA DOES not own and control the South China Sea, contrary to President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s claim in justifying his foreign policy stance, a Supreme Court magistrate said on Tuesday.

Bill on foreign investments among Senate priorities

SENATOR VICENTE C. Sotto III on Monday maintained his post as Senate president for the 18th Congress.

Senate committees buckle down to deliver SONA orders

THE SENATE will organize its committees on Tuesday to immediately begin with President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s “marching orders” during his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA), Senate majority Leader Juan Miguel F. Zubiri said. 

PHL to push full integration of e-government systems by 2022

THE PHILIPPINES is on track towards the full integration of e-government systems by 2022 as key agencies push to become more digital.