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Jovee Marie de la Cruz

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Jovee Marie Dela Cruz covers the House of Representatives for the BusinessMirror. Her beat may be political by nature, but most of her stories revolve around measures affecting the country's fiscal structure, economic standing and business climate. She earned her master's degree in communication from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and obtained her political science degree from the Universidad de Manila.

House bill promoting religious freedom hurdles third reading

The House of Representatives has passed on third reading the proposed Magna Carta on Religious Freedom Act, which prohibits the government or any person to burden, curtail, impinge or encroach on a person’s right to exercise his/her religious belief, freedom and liberty of conscience except if the act results in violence or if it is necessary to protect the public.

Bill seeks revenues from FZs

A lawmaker is pushing for the amendments to Republic Act (RA) 7227 or the Bases Conversion and Development Act of 1992, as amended, to improve revenue collection within free-port zones (FZs) and thereby increasing the shares of the Local Government Units (LGU) affected and the share of the national government.

House to push bills for digitalization

TO enhance gains achieved in Davos, the leadership of the House of Representatives on Thursday vowed to work for the speedy passage of measures to ramp up digitalization that President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. highlighted in the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a key component in sustaining the country’s growth momentum.

Off-site registration of SIM cards pushed

To beat the deadline on the signup of an estimated 168 million subscriber identity module (SIM) numbers of cellular phone (celfone) owners in the country, a senior lawmaker has called on local government units (LGUs) to help facilitate the establishment of off-sites registration areas in places with limited Internet access.

CAAP seeks Congress help for gear upgrade

TO prevent a repeat of the January 1 technical glitch which disrupted hundreds of flights and inconvenienced thousands of passengers, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Wednesday asked the House of Representatives to help them implement plans to upgrade the country’s Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) System, including procurement of the Ultimate Fallback System.

‘Bright spot for Asean, PHL favors PBBM’s Davos pitch’

THE bright economic prospects for the Philippines and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) amid fears of a global slowdown leverage President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.’s efforts to lure more investments into the country during his participation at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, the leader of the House of Representatives said on Tuesday.

Villafuerte pitches for broad popular support for Maharlika Investment Fund ahead of PBBM’s ‘soft launch’ in Davos

A lawmaker has said the broad popular support for President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s pet initiative Maharlika Investment Fund (MIF) should convince its critics to give this House-approved investment vehicle a chance to prove its worth as soon as the Senate passes its own version after the 19th Congress reopens this January following its month-long year-end recess.

SBCorp’s dismal loan uptake by MSMEs alarms lawmaker

THE Small Business Corp. (SBCorp) has confirmed the “sluggish” uptake of supposedly easy loans by Covid-hit travel and tourism-related micro, small and medium enterprises at the height of the pandemic, with these companies availing just P329-million worth of financing assistance or only 8.22 percent of the P4 billion set aside for MSMEs under the rescue package of the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2), a senior lawmaker said on Wednesday.

Ahead of probe on airport mess, solon eyes experts

AS the House of Representatives is set to conduct on Tuesday, January 10, an inquiry into the New Year’s Day air traffic system crash, the minority leader of the lower chamber said Congress should enlist the help of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) cybercrime experts to help them in the probe.

DMW urged to ensure OFWs won’t lose jobs after Naia air traffic snafu

Following the New Year Day’s flight cancellations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia), the chairman of the House Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs on Tuesday called on the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) to take the necessary actions to protect the welfare and employment of affected overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who might be at risk of job termination by their employers for failure to show up to work.

Certify NAIA fiasco as ‘safety’ issue to have travelers reimbursed’

HOUSE Ways and Means Chairman Joey Sarte Salceda is asking the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to certify the air traffic management system power issue which caused dozens of flights in the country to be cancelled as a “safety reason” for flight cancellations, to allow passengers with cancelled flights to be eligible for full reimbursement should they choose to avail themselves of the option.

Villafuerte: Easing of Covid curbs generate more FDIs

THE decision by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. to ease Covid-19 protocols and reopen the country to tourists and investors in the first semester of his presidency has begun generating more foreign direct investments (FDI) and putting our economy on the mend, hence keeping it on its upward trajectory this 2023 despite an impending global recession, CamSur Rep. and National Unity Party (NUP) President LRay F. Villafuerte said.

Easing of Covid-19 protocols generated more FDIs–solon

THE decision by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. to ease Covid-19 protocols and reopen the country to tourists and investors in the first semester of his presidency has begun generating more foreign direct investments (FDIs) and putting our economy on the mend, hence keeping it on its upward trajectory this 2023 despite an impending global recession, CamSur Rep. and National Unity Party (NUP) President LRay F. Villafuerte said.

DOF, FIRB asked to extend deadline for BPO WFH bid

THE chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means is appealing to the Department of Finance and the Fiscal Incentives Review Board (FIRB) to extend the deadline for business process outsourcing companies to submit requirements for shifting from the Philippine Economic Zone Authority to the Board of Investments, so that they can keep their tax incentives under the CREATE law “and retain work-from-home jobs.”

DICT bares digitalization strategy to hasten connectivity

With the country’s full digitalization over the next five years projected to cost government an estimated P100 billion, a senior lawmaker on Wednesday said the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has assured Congress that it will implement a three-pronged strategy to speed up nationwide connectivity.

Lower House’s tax panel chairman touts performance

HOUSE Ways and Means Chair Joey Sarte Salceda (Albay, 2nd district) promoted the accomplishment report of the tax panel, one of the House’s most powerful committees, saying that it upheld its “no backlog policy” of hearing all bills automatically referred to it and finishing the priorities cited in the State of the Nation Address by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.

216 House members co-author Maharlika

THE supermajority or 216 members of the House of Representatives have co-authored the proposed Maharlika Investment Fund (MIF) Act which, they said, would help fast-track economic development and provide better public services for Filipino people.