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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.
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.
THE House of Representatives approved on second reading Tuesday a measure seeking to define the basic rights of seafarers.
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.
A MEASURE seeking to regulate the trans fat content in food was approved in committee at the House of Representatives.
A CONSOLIDATED BILL providing for subsidized rent in aid of relocating informal settler households was approved at committee level in the House of Representatives.
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.”
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.
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.
A HOUSE of Representatives committee has approved a bill that seeks to impose stiffer penalties against game-fixers in Philippine sports.
A NEOPHYTE lawmaker has declined her election as a deputy speaker under the new House of Representatives leadership.
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.
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.
THE HOUSE leadership committed to passing an amendment to the anti-money laundering law as session resumes this week.
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.
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.
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.
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