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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.
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.
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte urged congressmen to prioritize the 2021 national budget amid a squabble over a term-sharing deal for the speakership.
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.
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.
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.
CONGRESSMEN suspended hearings on the budget of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on Wednesday after an official tagged progressive lawmakers as communists.
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.
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.
A MEASURE creating an Electronic Commerce Bureau to regulate online transactions between businesses has hurdled the House Committee on Trade and Industry.
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.
A KEY legislator said the delivery of health services needs to be improved before Congress introduces new taxes to fund the sector.
A LEGISLATOR has filed a bill seeking to protect food and grocery delivery riders from canceled orders.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
SEVERAL lawmakers have agreed to extend the effectivity of a law giving President Rodrigo R. Duterte special powers to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
THE HOUSE committee on constitutional amendments will suspend hearings on proposed changes to the 1987 Constitution pending the country’s battle against COVID-19.
THE House of Representatives will probe delays in the distribution of the government’s P200-billion cash aid to 18 million poor and near-poor households, a congressman said on Wednesday.
THE Senate and House of Representatives got “very good” net public satisfaction ratings of +62 and +51 in the past quarter, while the Supreme Court got a “good” rating of +49, according to the latest poll by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).
THE House of Representatives on Monday elected new heads for the appropriations and Electoral Tribunal committees amid a rumored coup against its Speaker.
THE House committee on constitutional amendments is considering including among its recommended changes to the charter a provision to expand internal revenue allotments (IRAs) for provinces, cities, towns, and barangays throughout the country, its chairman said.
AS THE battle for House speakership drags on with more players joining the fray, Presidential son and Davao City 1st district Rep. Paolo Z. Duterte has formed a coalition in the hope of uniting the House.
AS THE BATTLE for House speakership drags on with more players joining the fray, two lawmakers believe that what is crucial is for the new leader to have an understanding of and support the administration’s economic reform agenda.
THE HOUSE of Representatives will summon Peter Joemel Advincula, who claims to be the narrator “Bikoy” in a series of videos, for a probe that will look into possible liabilities of social media sites like Facebook and YouTube for damaging content like his “Ang Totoong Narcolist (The Real Narcolist).”
THE House of Representatives approved on final reading a bill which seeks to provide free dialysis treatment for indigent patients.
AMID the backlash to its bill on criminal liability, the House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading an amended version of that bill lowering the age of “social” responsibility to 12 years old, from the originally proposed age of nine years old the chamber had earlier passed.
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