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Legislator sees possible budget approval at House by Friday

REPRESENTATIVE Isidro T. Ungab of Davao City’s third district, who chairs the House Appropriations committee, said the P4.1-trillion budget bill for 2020 could be approved on third reading by Friday.

House bill filed creating strategic fuel reserve

A LEGISLATOR filed a bill Thursday calling for the creation of a strategic reserve for petroleum products, to cushion the impact of oil price and supply shocks.

Farmer party-list legislator seeks investigation into rice cartels, ASF

A PARTY-LIST legislator representing farmers said Thursday that he is seeking investigations into rice industry cartels as well the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in some hog farms on Luzon.

Budget certified as urgent as Palace seeks to avoid 2019 delays

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has certified as urgent the proposed P4.1 trillion national budget for 2020.

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THE House of Representatives ways and means committee will hold hearings on the risks of Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs), many of whom employ Chinese nationals, and decide whether they should stay in the country, according to Albay Rep. Joey S. Salceda.

Key legislator calls GIE ecozone perks major source of tax leakage

REPRESENTATIVE Jose Ma. S. Salceda, who chairs the House Ways and Means committee, said he does not support the continuation of taxes based on Gross Income Earned (GIE), calling it a source of abuse and adding momentum to the government’s bid to end GIE tax incentives enjoyed by economic zone locators.

House could tweak DoE budget to achieve total electrification

SPEAKER Alan Peter S. Cayetano said Tuesday that the House is considering possible augmentations to the budget for the energy, education, and health sectors.

Gov’t salary hikes to cost P110B over 3 years

THE government will allocate P110 billion over three years for the salary increase of government workers, including nurses and teachers, a key legislator said.

Bill seeks to raise safeguards against pesticide poisoning

LEGISLATORS have fled a bill requiring landowners to test for safe levels of pesticide before allowing farm workers to work on their sites.

Lorenzana kept in dark about China-linked deal

DEFENSE Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana was kept in the dark about a deal that would allow a Chinese-linked telecommunication company to build towers inside Philippine military camps.

House lawmaker seeks private car ban on EDSA

AUTHORITIES should ban all private vehicles on the main EDSA highway during rush hours to ease traffic in the capital, a congressman said yesterday.

P63B right-of-way funds earmarked for next year

THE GOVERNMENT will spend around P63 billion next year for right-of-way acquisition -- long a key obstacle to infrastructure projects -- as implementing agencies ramp up work under the “Build, Build, Build” program in the remaining half of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s six-year term, a leader of the House of Representatives said in a news release on Sunday.

Budget proceedings seen subject to challenge over quorum

A MEMBER of the House of Representatives alleged that attendance is being “manipulated” and “doctored,” leaving any budget decisions subject to challenge because of lack of quorum.

Duterte hasn’t given up claim in South China Sea

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte had not agreed to ignore an arbitration court ruling that voided China’s claims to more than 80% of the South China Sea, in exchange for a joint oil and gas exploration of the disputed waterway dangled by its neighbor, his spokesman said yesterday.

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THE Sandiganbayan Third Division rejected the pleas of former Vice President Jejomar C. Binay and his son Junjun to suspend the graft case against them in connection with the overpriced Makati City Hall parking building.

Foreign chambers see amendments to FIA raising investment

THE Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) on Wednesday welcomed the final approval by the House of Representatives of the bill which proposes to amend the Foreign Investments Act (FIA).

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THE DEPARTMENT of Budget and Management (DBM) released P82.5 million to the Department of Agriculture (DA) on Tuesday to fund measures relating to the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak.

Speaker backs more funding for rice procurement

SPEAKER Alan Peter S. Cayetano said he will support at least P9 billion in additional funding for the procurement of palay, or unmilled rice, to support the market and prop up farmer incomes, as plenary discussion of the 2020 budget got underway in the House.

Ombudsman suspends 3 jail officials for graft

THE country’s chief graft buster suspended three more prison officials for allegedly allowing the illegal release of felons convicted of heinous crimes, according to separate copies of the suspension orders.

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AS THE Senate discussed the proposed fifth round of the Salary Standardization Law (SSL) on Tuesday, Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian stressed the need to make government workers’ salaries at par with rates in the private sector to retain talent.

Three economic reforms bag House approval

THREE ECONOMIC REFORMS gained ground in the House of Representatives on Monday evening, with the measure removing restrictions on foreigners from practicing their professions in the Philippines and another simplifying taxes on financial instruments both bagging final approval.

House committee endorses P4.1-trillion budget

THE House of Representatives appropriations committee yesterday endorsed the P4.1 trillion national budget for next year, without changes, according to its chairman.

House bill to modernize public school system

ALBAY Rep. Jose Ma. S. Salceda has filed a bill that seeks to modernize the country’s public school system in preparation for “disruptive technologies” of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

House lines up reforms for final OK

TWO MORE tax reforms and a measure that will further open up the economy can be expected to bag final approval in the House of Representatives this week, leaders of the chamber said in separate interviews last weekend.

House bill seeks to promote bamboo plantations, product research

A BILL has been filed at the House of Representatives seeking to encourage the adoption of plantation production of bamboo, as well as research and development to promote its wider use.

Measure seeks initial tax exemption, contract protections for freelancers

ALBAY 2nd district Rep. Jose Ma. S. Salceda has filed a bill seeking to protect the rights of freelance workers and to exempt them from taxes initially.

More economic reforms bag 2nd reading House OK

MORE ECONOMIC REFORMS have gained ground in the House of Representatives, with the measure removing restrictions on foreigners from practicing their professions in the Philippines and another simplifying taxes on financial instruments both bagging second-reading approval last Wednesday evening.

DoLE pitches for funding to hire more labor inspectors

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said it will seek more funding to hire labor inspectors in order to sustain the momentum of worker regularization, after more than 500,000 private-sector contractual employees achieved permanent status during this administration’s term.

House panel consolidates 13 property valuation bills

THE House committee on government reorganization on Wednesday approved the consolidation of 13 measures which all seek to institute reforms in the real property valuation and assessment system and reorganize the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF).

Duterte protested Chinese incursions 63 times

THE PHILIPPINES has protested Chinese incursions in the South China Sea more than 60 times since President Rodrigo R. Duterte became president in 2016, his top diplomat told lawmakers yesterday.

Budget bill still on track for approval, no changes made

HOUSE appropriations committee Chair and Davao City 3rd District Rep. Isidro T. Ungab said Tuesday that no changes have been made to the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget following recent procedural hurdles thrown up against the 2020 general appropriations bill (GAB).

Court junks motions to dismiss plunder suits

THE COUNTRY’S anti-graft court has rejected separate pleas to dismiss plunder cases against a former congressman and a businesswoman accused of masterminding the so-called pork barrel scam.

House leaders move to keep budget on track

SENIOR House legislators intervened to keep the P4.1 trillion 2020 Budget on track after moves to withdraw the budget bill raised the prospect of setbacks to the approval timetable, threatening a repeat of the infighting over the 2019 spending program, which was four months delayed.

House panel chair opposes 10-year ‘sunset period’ for incentives

REP. JOSE MA. S. SALCEDA, the ways and means committee chair from Albay’s 2nd district, said the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Reform Act (CITIRA) will be rendered ineffective by the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) proposal to implement a longer transition period for current fiscal incentives.

House bill seeks incentives for OFW-owned businesses

A LEGISLATOR has filed a bill seeking incentives for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) setting up businesses in the Philippines.

Bill filed removing non-teaching responsibilities from teachers, opening School Health and...

A LAWMAKER has filed a bill which removes non-teaching responsibilities from the shoulders of teachers and faculty members in state-run schools. Among this non-administrative work is manning the school clinic and the guidance office, and the like.

Recto files bill seeking to renew ABS-CBN franchise

A BILL seeking to renew the franchise of ABS-CBN Corp. for another 25 years has been re-filed at the Senate.

PAGCOR to regulate creditors of casino-players like finance firms

THE PHILIPPINE Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) said Thursday that it will regulate the practice of financing casino players after cases of abduction due to unpaid debts.

TESDA says Tulong Trabaho Act left unfunded in 2020 by Budget...

THE Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) said Thursday that no funds were allocated to implement the Tulong Trabaho Act, which was signed into law this year.

House bill raises statutory rape age

A LAWMAKER has filed a bill increasing the age of statutory rape to 16 years from 12 years.

House body amends public service law

THE HOUSE of Representatives’ Economic Affairs committee on Wednesday approved a bill that will limit the 40% foreign ownership cap on public utilities to electricity distribution and transmission as well as water distribution and sewerage pipeline systems, in effect opening up sectors like transport and telecommunications.

Passive income tax bill hurdles House panel

THE BILL simplifying the tax regime for financial investors made it past committee evaluation at the House of Representatives Tuesday.

House panels approve bill easing restrictions on foreign professionals

THE HOUSE committees on Economic Affairs and Trade and Industry have approved a bill which seeks to remove restrictions on foreigners practicing their professions in the Philippines.

House seeks probe of convicts’ early release

A CONGRESSMAN has filed a resolution seeking to investigate a government program on the early release of convicted criminals for good conduct, after an uproar against a plan to free former Calauan Mayor Antonio Sanchez, a convicted rapist and murderer.

Bill to cut five hours off weekly work schedule

ALBAY Rep. Joey S. Salceda has filed a bill that seeks to cut five hours from the weekly work schedule of private employees.