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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.
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.
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.
TWO LEGISLATORS filed a bill that seeks to establish an office to help persons with disabilities (PWDs) find jobs.
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.
A LEGISLATOR on Sunday called for an investigation into unregistered Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) and to look into their ultimate ownership.
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.
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.
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.
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has certified as urgent the proposed P4.1 trillion national budget for 2020.
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.
SPEAKER Alan Peter S. Cayetano said Tuesday that the House is considering possible augmentations to the budget for the energy, education, and health sectors.
LEGISLATORS have fled a bill requiring landowners to test for safe levels of pesticide before allowing farm workers to work on their sites.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).