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House panel reduces GUIDE bill funding for government banks

FUNDING to boost lending by government financial institutions (GFIs) has been reduced to P10 billion from the original P55 billion in a committee-level decision made on House Bill (HB) No. 7749, the panel’s chairman said.

House adopts Senate versions of bills extending budget validity, creating coco...

THE House of Representatives on Wednesday adopted the Senate version of a bill extending the validity of the 2020 Budget until the end of 2021, and another Senate measure creating the coconut levy trust fund, with both actions billed as necessary to provide economic relief.

House approves magna carta for seafarers on second reading

THE House of Representatives approved on second reading Tuesday a measure seeking to define the basic rights of seafarers.

House OK’s extending validity of 2020 budget

THE HOUSE of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading the bill extending the validity of the 2020 national budget until end-2021, in a bid to continue providing much-needed financial aid for sectors hammered by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Bill regulating trans fat content in food hurdles House panel

A MEASURE seeking to regulate the trans fat content in food was approved in committee at the House of Representatives.

House committee approves rent subsidies to assist informal settlers in relocating

A CONSOLIDATED BILL providing for subsidized rent in aid of relocating informal settler households was approved at committee level in the House of Representatives.

Solon assures new job security bill ‘fair to both parties’

THE HOUSE of Representatives labor committee chair on Wednesday assured that the latest version of the proposed Security of Tenure Act prohibits all forms of labor contractualization “while being fair to both parties.”

DPWH, not House revamp, blamed for realigned budget

THE Department of Public Works Highways (DPWH) was responsible for redistributing infrastructure spending items in the proposed 2021 national budget, a senior legislator said, rejecting claims that budget cuts targeted Representatives associated with the former House leadership.

House leader backs declaration of climate emergency

THE DECLARATION of a climate emergency in the Philippines would encourage swift action to combat climate change and ease its impacts, the Speaker of the House of Representatives said on Sunday.

House committee eyes stiffer penalties versus game-fixing

A HOUSE of Representatives committee has approved a bill that seeks to impose stiffer penalties against game-fixers in Philippine sports.

Neophyte lawmaker declines election as a deputy speaker

A NEOPHYTE lawmaker has declined her election as a deputy speaker under the new House of Representatives leadership.

Consolidated House bill to upgrade building code hurdles TWG

A TECHNICAL working group (TWG) organized by the House committee on public works and highways has cleared a consolidated bill proposing to repeal the 43-year-old building code and replace it with one that will ensure that structures are more resistant to calamities.

House approves 35-hour workweek bill on second reading

THE House of Representatives approved on second reading a bill authorizing voluntary employment arrangements for private-sector employees capping their hours at 35 per week.

House leadership commits to passing AMLA amendment

THE HOUSE leadership committed to passing an amendment to the anti-money laundering law as session resumes this week.

House majority backs priority for anti-corruption legislation

THE HOUSE majority leader said Thursday he endorsed an initial list of anti-corruption measures for possible inclusion in the chamber’s legislative agenda in support of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s campaign against corruption.

Bill requiring relocation of informal settlers within or near same city...

A MEASURE requiring informal settlers to be relocated within or near the same city or municipality has passed out of committee at the House of Representatives.

House OKs 2021 budget on final reading

Congressmen approved the P4.5-trillion national budget for next year on third and final reading in a special session on Friday after days of squabbling over the speakership.

Lawmakers move to ensure budget passage

MEMBERS OF Congress, both in the Senate and House of Representatives, are taking steps to ensure the timely passage of the P4.5-trillion national budget for 2021 after the speakership row threatened to delay its enactment.

Budget delay seen to hurt recovery

A DELAY in the passage of the 2021 national budget will likely hobble the Philippine economy’s recovery, as a reenacted budget will prevent the release of much-needed funds for the pandemic response and infrastructure projects, economists said.

Old budget bill good as re-enacted — senators

THE PHILIPPINE government will probably operate under a re-enacted budget again next year amid a leadership squabble at the House of Representatives, which will delay the expansion of some key services including the battle against a coronavirus pandemic, senators said.

House suspends sessions amid speakership squabble

THE HOUSE of Representatives on Tuesday approved next year’s P4.5-trillion national budget on second reading after Speaker Alan Peter S. Cayetano, who has rejected a term-sharing deal he agreed to last year, moved to terminate debates and sessions until Nov. 16.

Duterte tells House not to lose focus on 2021 budget amid...

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte urged congressmen to prioritize the 2021 national budget amid a squabble over a term-sharing deal for the speakership.

Majority rejects Cayetano’s resignation as House Speaker

A MAJORITY of congressional representatives voted to reject Speaker Alan Peter S. Cayetano’s resignation on Wednesday, negating a deal for Marinduque Rep. Lord Alan Q. Velasco to take over the House leadership. 

House urged to look at fair criteria in infra fund appropriations

INFRASTRUCTURE funds under the proposed P4.5-trillion national budget for next year should be distributed fairly to congressional districts, a lawmaker said on Monday night.

House supermajority wants speakership term-sharing junked

THE HOUSE of Representatives supermajority wants Speaker Alan Peter S. Cayetano to keep his post instead of letting Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Q. Velasco take over under an original term-sharing deal.

Making your house a home with old treasure

A GRAND old house is longing for you to make your home your own with its treasure.

House defers PCOO budget hearing after ‘red’ label

CONGRESSMEN suspended hearings on the budget of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on Wednesday after an official tagged progressive lawmakers as communists.

House considering increasing DTI loan fund for small businesses

LEGISLATORS said they are considering increasing the funding for the Trade department’s loan fund to aid in the recovery of small businesses affected by the lockdown from its current proposed level of P1.5 billion.

House bill filed supporting higher local gov’t budget

A PROPOSED law institutionalizing the Supreme Court ruling that grants a larger share of national revenues to local governments has been filed in the House of Representatives.

House panel OK’s tax perks for SMC airport

THE House ways and means committee on Wednesday approved a proposal to exempt a San Miguel Corp. (SMC) subsidiary from all taxes while it is constructing the P740-billion international airport in Bulacan province.

House approves Bayanihan II

THE House of Representatives on Monday gave final approval for the P162-billion fiscal stimulus measure, which includes providing much-needed financial aid for sectors hardest hit by the pandemic. 

House panel passes bill creating e-Commerce bureau

A MEASURE creating an Electronic Commerce Bureau to regulate online transactions between businesses has hurdled the House Committee on Trade and Industry.

House to probe BPO companies for unjust treatment of workers

A LAWMAKER has filed a resolution seeking to investigate companies including those in the outsourcing sector for unfair labor practices such as cutting wages due to slow Internet connection of workers who work from home amid a coronavirus pandemic.

House unlikely to introduce new taxes for health sector

A KEY legislator said the delivery of health services needs to be improved before Congress introduces new taxes to fund the sector.

House to probe delays in coronavirus cash aid

HOUSE of Representative leaders led by Speaker Alan Peter S. Cayetano want to investigate delays in the government’s distribution of cash aid to citizens affected by a coronavirus pandemic.

Bill protecting food and grocery delivery riders filed at House

A LEGISLATOR has filed a bill seeking to protect food and grocery delivery riders from canceled orders.

House approves cash agent bill

THE House of Representatives on Wednesday evening approved on second reading House Bill 6924 which seeks to expand banks’ service delivery channels through cash agents.

House body OKs bill extending Duterte powers vs coronavirus

CONGRESSMEN acting as members of the Committee of the Whole approved on Wednesday evening a bill that will extend the special powers given to President Rodrigo R. Duterte to fight the coronavirus by three more months.

House approves P1.3-trillion stimulus bill on 3rd reading

THE House of Representatives on Thursday approved on third and final reading a P1.3-trillion stimulus package called the ARISE (Accelerated Recovery and Investments Stimulus for the Economy) bill, the new name for what had been known as the proposed Philippine Economic Stimulus Act (PESA).

House panel passes amendments allowing farmers to offer crops as collateral

THE House Committee on Trade and Industry approved a substitute bill on Wednesday seeking to amend Act 2137, or the Warehouse Receipts Law, which would allow farmers to use their crops as collateral for bank loans.

Bill to make gov’t procurement ‘green’ approved by House committee

THE House Committee on Sustainable Development Goals approved Tuesday a substitute bill to House Bill 6526 which seeks to establish a sustainable public procurement program for all agencies.

House passes P1.3-trillion stimulus bill on 2nd reading

THE House of Representatives on Monday approved on second reading a P1.3-trillion stimulus package that the government hopes will boost economic growth amid the coronavirus crisis.

House panel approves e-government bill

THE House Committee on Information and Communications Technology on Monday approved House Bill 1248, which will require electronic government services and processes in all agencies and government corporations.

House panel OK’s bill strengthening gov’t banks

THE HOUSE Banks and Financial Intermediaries Committee approved on Friday a bill seeking to expand the loan assistance program, rediscounting and other credit accommodation facilities of government financial institutions to help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) cope with the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

House panel approves P1.5 trillion stimulus substitute bill

THE House of Representatives’ Defeat COVID-19 Committee on Thursday approved a substitute measure to House Bill 6709 which calls for a P1.5-trillion spending program over three years to address slowing economic growth and create jobs.