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House sees ‘smooth’ bicam budget negotiations with Senate

THE House leadership said it is expecting the “smooth” passage of the P4.1 trillion budget in bicameral conference despite recent exchanges with the Senate about the alleged presence of pork in the 2020 spending plan.

DoF backs legislation raising charges on motor vehicle users

THE Department of Finance (DoF) said it backed proposals to raise the Motor Vehicle User’s Charge (MVUC) in its comment on two bills seeking to amend Republic Act No. 8794 or the MVUC Act of 2000.

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LABOR Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said Manila is finalizing a labor agreement with Russia that will give more jobs to Filipino workers overseas.

China-backed projects seen making steady progress

CHINESE Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said major Philippine infrastructure projects supported by China are making steady progress and have produced “tangible outcomes.”

Senate also passes resolution extending 2019 budget validity

A JOINT resolution has been filed at the Senate to extend the validity of the 2019 budget until December 2020, following second reading approval by the House of Representatives on a similar measure.

Congressman rejects ‘pork’ claims in House budget

A LEGISLATOR said Friday that the 2020 budget approved last week by the House of Representatives contained no “pork,” contrary to allegations made by a Senator.

House bill to create job placement office for persons with disabilities

TWO LEGISLATORS filed a bill that seeks to establish an office to help persons with disabilities (PWDs) find jobs.

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THE Department of Health (DoH) will come out with twin guidelines on the use of antibiotics after reports that antimicrobial resistance remained a global threat, it said in a statement on Thursday.

House approves extra year of 2019 budget validity

THE House of Representatives, sitting as a plenary body, approved on second reading Wednesday a resolution extending the validity of the 2019 budget until December 2020.

House discussing extended foreign farmland leases

THE House of Representatives received bills and resolutions seeking to ease restrictions on foreign investment, including a proposal to increase the term foreigners can lease farmland.

Creation of traffic crisis council OK’d

THE HOUSE transportation committee approved a resolution recommending the creation of a traffic crisis inter-agency management council that will address congestion in Metro Manila.

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law a measure that exempts broadcast and online media — apart from print journalists — from revealing their confidential sources.

House body eases foreign retailer rules

THE HOUSE of Representatives Committee on Trade and Industry on Tuesday approved the bill that makes it easier for foreigners to break into the country’s retail space.

House panel calls for easing of requirements for bank accounts

THE House Committee on Banks and Financial Intermediaries on Tuesday called on the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to encourage banks to ease their requirements for opening accounts in order to include more rural residents and low-income people in the formal economy.

Legislator seeks probe of gaming operators not registered as companies

A LEGISLATOR on Sunday called for an investigation into unregistered Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) and to look into their ultimate ownership.

Salary standardization, OFW dep’t top common agenda items for legislative, executive...

THE Legislative-Executive Coordinating Council (LECC) has identified the measures the legislature is prioritizing which are in line with the President’s legislative agenda, the House majority leader said Sunday.

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).