A DEPUTY majority leader and a former overseas Filipino worker both agreed that making the 1987 Constitution less restrictive would increase foreign investments, create better-paying jobs, and potentially keep overseas Filipino workers from seeking employment abroad.
IN observance of Women’s Month, lady lawmakers are set to take the helm at the House of Representatives on Monday, March 3.
THE leadership of the House of Representatives on Sunday vowed to expedite the granting of scholarships to over 1,000 children of the more than 600 Palawan fishermen affected by the West Philippine Sea (WPS) issues.
THE office of Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez said last Sunday the lawmaker backed the decision of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to increase from P100,000 to P1.4 million the “Z benefit package” for breast cancer patients, while reiterating his call to further expand other benefit packages and services to include early detection of cancer.
The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) must expedite the forging of memorandums of agreement (MOA) with local government units (LGUs) for the agency’s replanting project, according to a lawmaker.
House leaders spearheaded the distribution of 500,000 kilos of rice to 28,000 residents in Sultan Kudarat, marking the largest free rice distribution in the province.
THE Department of Energy (DOE) and public utility organizations are backing the relaxation of economic restrictions in the 1987 Constitution, anticipating the creation of 1.5 million job opportunities due to the government’s decision to permit 100 percent foreign ownership in the renewable energy (RE) sector from 2022 onwards.
The House Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs and the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) are now crafting new guidelines to ensure the protection and welfare of seasonal Filipino workers abroad after a resolution to look into critical issues surrounding the deployment of Filipino workers to South Korea’s Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) by local government units (LGU) was filed.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) assured Thursday it is ready to conduct the plebiscite on economic charter change, whether it occurs co ncurrently with or separately from the 2025 mid-term elections.
House Ways and Means chair Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda requested the Department of Foreign Affairs to send a note verbale to the Singaporean Embassy to request an explanation for the alleged exclusivity terms in the grant given by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) to AEG Presents, the production company that presented the concert of international pop star Taylor Swift.
A party-list lawmaker on Tuesday expressed optimism regarding the House’s readiness to address constitutional challenges while amending the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution as they reaffirmed their commitment to the deadline for voting on the resolution to amend economic provisions before the upcoming Holy Week break.
The Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce (JFC) in the Philippines is calling upon the House of Representatives to initiate an economic Charter change to unlock international trade, foster greater foreign investment, and “enhance” the country’s business conditions.
President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. directed the House of Representatives to support local government units (LGU) with bigger share of the annual budget, Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez said on Tuesday.
Lifting foreign equity restrictions on critical sectors, such as public utilities, education, mass media and advertising, will create more jobs and enable them to contribute to the country’s economic progress, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).
A senior leader of the House of Representatives announced Monday the lower chamber’s intention to forward approved economic Charter amendments to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) before the Holy Week recess next month, reiterating that these amendments exclusively target economic provisions.
The government must investigate the reported surge in smuggled onions and other agricultural products being marketed online, according to a lawmaker.
House Deputy Speaker David Suarez announced Thursday that the lower chamber is poised to investigate the controversial P13-billion budget “realignments” for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and assess the degree of impact on 4.3 million Filipinos, or 900,000 impacted families.
MEMBERS of the House Committee on Ways and Means have proposed to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) the revocation of the business permit and manufacturing license of a well-known vape brand, along with legal action for tax code violations, as estimated foregone tax revenues amounted to P728 million due to alleged technical smuggling.
Economic policy advocacy group Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) is pushing for the removal of foreign investment restrictions in the rice and corn sectors to improve productivity and farmers’ income and reduce consumer prices.
A senior lawmaker is looking forward to the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) execution of a P14-billion initiative to revitalize and modernize regional airports nationwide.