HOUSE Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Joey Sarte Salceda said that past legal issues with a Bureau of Customs contract on its computerization program should not hamper the bureau from carrying out its mandate in an efficient and digitalized manner.
A senior lawmaker said the welfare of consumers should be prioritized amid investigations into agricultural smuggling in the country, as he called on the national government to frame and implement an “agricultural import substitution policy.”
AN economist-lawmaker on Wednesday urged the Department of Agriculture (DA) to closely coordinate with the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) to investigate the reported existence of an onion cartel in the country.
The House Committee on Constitutional Amendments will resume today congressional deliberations on pending proposals to amend the Constitution for the first time since it was ratified in February 1987.
The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading House Bill 5404, or a 25-year renewal of the legislative franchise of the Intercontinental Broadcasting Corp. (IBC), a state-owned television network under the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).
President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Wednesday recognized the contributions of the country’s health workers, saying the passage of Magna Carta for Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) will greatly uplift their condition.
THE House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources approved on Wednesday a bill designating certain areas in the Kalayaan Islands Group (KIG) in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) as marine protected areas (MPA).
The House of Representatives has joined the Register Anywhere Project of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to increase the number of registered voters in forthcoming electoral exercises.
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.
With the Second Congressional Commission on Education (Edcom II) set to begin this year its study on follow-up reforms to the educational system, a senior lawmaker has asked the new bicameral panel to consider as one of its priorities a review of what medium of instruction to use from hereon in the country’s schools.
A House deputy minority leader has filed a resolution seeking a review of the operations of the National Power Corporation Small Power Utility Group (NPC-SPUG) in view of its announcement of a reduction in electricity service in covered areas starting February 1.
OFFICIALS of the Department of Agriculture (DA) will brief the House of Representatives on Tuesday (January 24) on the state of the country’s onion industry and the interventions being done to address the current issues.
A senior lawmaker on Monday asked the House Committee on Ways and Means to issue subpoenas against 10 brokers, importers and facilitators amid reports of widespread and large-scale smuggling of agricultural commodities in the country.
The chairman of the House Committee on Transportation urged commuters to file complaints against abusive transportation service providers.
A bill for the environmental protection and preservation of the West Philippine Sea (WPS) has been gaining ground among key government agencies.
AN economist-lawmaker on Sunday seconded President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s statement in the World Economic Forum that the Philippine growth outlook remains bright despite global recession fears, with the House tax panel chairman asserting that, “absolutely there will be no recession for the Philippines in 2023.”
Minority Leader Marcelino Libanan, in a statement, said the projected full recovery of global air travel from the Covid-19 pandemic is 2025.
The Makabayan bloc has filed a resolution calling for the immediate suspension of the onion importation ordered by the Marcos administration, as this “will seriously affect the livelihood of the already marginalized local farmers.”
THE Philippines’s tobacco-tax policies have earned kudos from the World Health Organization (WHO) as organizations marked the 10th year of the Sin Tax Reform Law (Republic Act 10351).
To encourage private firms to hire more senior citizens, lawmakers have filed a bill seeking to increase the amount of tax incentives enjoyed by private companies that employ elderly citizens.
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.
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.
Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez on Thursday said President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. is doing a yeoman’s job at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland of driving more investments to the Philippines to boost the momentum of growth and improve the lives of the Filipino people.
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.
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.
A deputy minority leader on Wednesday called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to direct the National Bureau of Investigation to go against manipulators of farm prices and supplies.
The proposed Maharlika Investment Fund (MIF) drew “huge interest” from investors at the 2023 World Economic Forum (WEF), according to Senator Mark A. Villar.
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.
The chairman of the House Committee on Labor and Employment on Tuesday said the upcoming International Labour Organization (ILO)-High Level Tripartite Mission to the Philippines this month would help legislators craft laws that would benefit workers, including the protection of their right to organize and access to decent work and wages.
AS lawmakers push to approve new tourism destinations across the country, a vice chairperson of the House Committee on Tourism revealed Congress has earmarked P17.7 billion to bankroll the national government’s Tourism Road Infrastructure Program (TRIP) this year.
The P1.2-billion fund that was previously transferred by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) had been returned to the national treasury, a lawmaker bared on Monday.
A senior lawmaker on Monday appealed to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to work closely with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for the early restart of the “Libreng Sakay” or free bus ride program along Edsa.
AMID calls to tax the rich, the chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means on Monday said the panel is studying the imposition of non-essentials goods taxes on several lines of luxury items.
SPEAKER Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez on Monday expressed confidence President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. could successfully introduce the country’s sovereign wealth fund and promote the Philippines as an investment hub at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.
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.
President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has tapped experts to consider various iterations of the proposed Maharlika Investment Fund (MIF) that he is expected to present before the 2023 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland next week.
The Makabayan bloc has filed House Bill 6738, or the Magna Carta of Air Passengers rights.
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.
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A recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) holding an online food delivery company liable for illegally dismissing its riders has underscored the urgency of passing a law protecting the rights and welfare of freelance workers, a lawmaker said on Wednesday.
TO be able to deliver basic services to the people efficiently, a lawmaker is pushing for the passage of a bill identifying certain basic services and privileges that barangays and their residents are entitled to.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Tuesday vowed to improve the facilities and equipment of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) as well as passengers’ experience this year, but raised the issue of “brain drain” affecting the domestic aviation industry.
The Makabayan bloc has filed a resolution urging the House of Representatives and the Senate to mandate the immediate suspension of the implementation of the water rate increase beginning this month, amid high prices of goods and basic services and lingering economic downturn.
A leader of the House of Representatives has filed Resolution 681 directing two committees of the lower chamber to look into the alleged anti-competitive practices, the alleged existence of a cartel in the onion industry and the sufficiency of the interventions of the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) on the matter.
A lawmaker is pushing for the passage of a new law that would grant a fully paid week-long bereavement leave benefit to all employees in the event of an immediate family member’s death.
A senior lawmaker said recent actions by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. provided instant financial relief to ordinary consumers with directives designed to hold off scheduled increases this year in the cost of certain basic monthly expenses.
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.
A lawmaker has appealed to government agencies in charge of “ayuda” (aid) to disburse most of the funds before the election spending ban that will come with the Barangay and SK Elections in October this year.
A leader of the House of Representatives has filed a measure seeking to mandate the provision of additional social safety nets for journalists.
AN economist-lawmaker on Thursday said he sees reason to be optimistic, although with some caution, that 2023 will see more acceptable inflation levels than 2022, as December 2022 inflation hit 8.1 percent, leading the annual average to hit 5.8 percent.
The Makabayan bloc has called on Congress to investigate the potential overpricing and price manipulation of onions in the market.
The House Committee on Good Government will look into how the Philippine Air Traffic Management (ATM) System, which was partly funded by a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) until 2021, malfunctioned despite being inaugurated only in 2018.
A senior lawmaker on Thursday urged China to withdraw all its ships from the West Philippine Sea (WPS) to show good faith in its offer to resolve territorial disputes with the Philippines in the area.
A lawmaker on Wednesday said the recent air traffic control fiasco at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) clearly signals the need to separate the regulatory and commercial functions of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), even as other legislators pressed for a joint House and Senate probe in the incident.
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.
A House deputy minority leader on Tuesday called on Malacañang to also defer premium hikes of the Social Security System (SSS) and the Home Development Mutual Fund, or Pag-IBIG Fund.
LAWMAKERS are pushing for the passage of a bill granting tax incentives to doctors volunteering their services for free to indigent patients as a way of recognizing their “selfless and committed” efforts in helping provide quality health care to Filipinos.
INSTEAD of merely holding passive assets such as fixed-income instruments, equities and bonds, the planned state-run Maharlika Investment Fund (MIF) could venture into infrastructure development solutions, according to a lawmaker.
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.
PRESIDENT Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has ordered the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to suspend the increase of premium contribution rates and income ceiling for 2023, the executive secretary said.
With the expected establishment this 2023 of the Virology and Vaccine Institute of the Philippines (VVIP), a lawmaker on Monday said the Executive department had already set aside an initial P669.3 million for the VVIP’s five-hectare research and development (R&D) projects and facilities at the New Clark City (NCC) in Tarlac.
TO ensure responsiveness and accessibility to the public, the administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has vowed to transform government services in 2023.
More than 1.6 million students have benefited from the government’s fuel subsidy and Libreng Sakay programs, the government said on Monday.
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.
AN economist-lawmaker has expressed confidence that the Philippines will compete with Vietnam and India for the fastest-growing major economy in Asia-Pacific.
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.
ORDINARY Filipino workers will increase their take home income this New Year due to a lower personal income tax (PIT) under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion, or “Train,” law (Republic Act 10963), the chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means said.
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.”
A lawmaker on Wednesday urged the Senate to place on its priority list the passage of the proposed Magna Carta of Barangay Health Workers (BHW) to help fill the gap in the delivery of community-based primary health-care services in the country.
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.
TO help farmers achieve scale and capture more of the value-added from their produce, a lawmaker is pushing for the passage of the proposed Farmer Coopetition Act.
With the recent endorsement of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. for the passage of the proposed Maharlika Investment Fund (MIF) Act, a senior lawmaker on Monday appealed to the public to give the proposal a chance.
A key ally of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. is appealing to that the proposed Maharlika Investment Fund (MIF) Act be given a chance after the Chief Executive certified House Bill (HB) 6608 as an urgent measure last week.
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.
PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Friday signed the P5.268-trillion 2023 national budget, thanking Congress for what he described as the fastest congressional deliberations ever for a national appropriations bill.
THE House of Representatives has increased the amount earmarked from the profits of the Maharlika Investment Fund (MIF) for social welfare purposes or subsidies (ayuda)—from 20 percent to 25 percent—as proposed by an opposition lawmaker, Speaker Martin G. Romualdez revealed on Friday.
THE House of Representatives on Thursday endorsed for Senate approval the proposed Maharlika Investment Fund (MIF) Act, which was coauthored by 280 of the 312 members of the lower chamber.
AT the behest of Finance Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has certified as urgent a bill creating the country’s Maharlika Investment Fund (MIF).
THE House of Representatives on Thursday approved on third and final reading a bill providing financing for small businesses, especially those crippled by the coronavirus disease-19 (Covid-19) pandemic and other significant economic challenges of national and international scope.
IN a bid to institutionalize the vital role of the youth in nation building, the House of Representatives on Thursday approved the National Citizens Training Program (NCTP) on second and third reading.
THE government is planning to use the Maharlika Investment Fund (MIF) for projects that aim to address the country’s “power crisis and agricultural needs.”
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.
A lawmaker called for the swift enactment of a measure that would provide overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) discounted rates on remittance fees and safeguard their hard-earned money sent back home from exorbitant charges.
THE House of Representatives has approved a total of 13 priority measures of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. included in the common legislative agenda of the Legislative-Executive Advisory Council (Ledac).
THE chairman of the House Committee on Local Government on Tuesday said the approval of Magna Carta for Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) is a “giant step” towards improving the conditions of BHWs who have been at the frontlines of healthcare at the grassroots level.
THE House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading several agriculture-related bills, including the extension of the agricultural competitiveness enhancement fund (ACEF) and the proposed New Agrarian Emancipation Act.
THE unnumbered substitute bill creating the Maharlika Investment Fund (MIF) was formally approved during an executive session by the House Committee on Banks and Financial Intermediaries, its chairman, Manila Rep. Irwin C. Tieng, announced last Monday.
A lawmaker filed on Monday a resolution calling for an investigation on the impending abrupt and unreasonable increase of catastrophe—typhoon, flood, earthquake, among others—insurance premium rates.
LAWMAKERS are now working on the passage of measures legalizing and regulating motorcycle taxis.
WITH the expected high profits from the Maharlika Wealth Fund (MWF) investments, an economist-lawmaker on Friday said the national government can ultimately deliver highly effective programs on health, education, food security, social protection, job creation, and poverty reduction.
OFFICIALS of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will meet members of the House Committee on Appropriations on Friday to discuss the funding provisions of the proposed Maharlika Wealth Fund (MWF).
SEVERAL bills related to the financial sector and the country’s economy passed second reading at the House of Representatives. These include the proposed General Financial Institutions Unified Initiatives to Distressed Enterprises for Economic Recovery, called the “Guide Act” by lawmakers and the Real Property Valuation Reform Bill.
LEADERS of the House of Representatives and economic managers have agreed to remove the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and Social Security System (SSS) as fund contributors to the proposed Maharlika Wealth Fund (MWF) and instead utilize profits of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
THE House of Representatives will approve the proposed P270-billion Maharlika Wealth Fund on second reading before the Christmas break of the Congress on December 17.
A lawmaker has called on Congress to commence the second phase of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), giving subsidy in the acquisition and distribution of agricultural lands to beneficiaries and to appropriate funds for it.
AS the inflation rate rose to 8 percent from 7.7 percent in October 2022, an economist-lawmaker on Tuesday urged President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to issue an executive order ensuring that all supply bottlenecks for food and other farm producers are eased.
A LEADER of the House of Representatives on Tuesday defended Congress’ decision to restore confidential funds of the Office of the Vice President, the Department of Education and the P10 billion of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) in the proposed 2023 General Appropriations Act.
A senior lawmaker asked his colleagues on Tuesday not to fast-track the approval of the proposed P270-billion Maharlika Wealth Fund (MWF).
LAWMAKERS moved to consolidate three measures so government can provide cash incentives to artists who received international acclaim.
THE chairman of the House Committee on Labor and Employment vows to come up with and pass a measure that would protect and uphold the welfare of 17 million “informal workers.”