OFW department creation pressed

September 17, 2019
Aside from Cayetano two authors of a measure also seeking the establishment of a OFW department, Majority Leader Martin Romualdez and Tingog party-list Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez, pressed for the need to establish department that would address the problems and concerns of the Filipinos working abroad.

POGO probe eyed

September 17, 2019
In filing House Resolution 337, Minority Leader and Manila Rep. Bienvenido Abante Jr.; Deputy Speaker and Cibac party-list Rep. Bro. Eddie Villanueva; Muntinlupa City Rep. Ruffy Biazon and Manila Rep. Manuel Luis Lopez, want to look into allegations that the booming business has led to the influx of unregistered foreign workers.

Budget okay on track

September 14, 2019
The House has so far completed the plenary deliberations of 39 offices, namely: Department of Finance; National Economic Development Authority; Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council; Film Development Council of the Philippines; Optical Media Board; Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority; Cagayan Economic Zone Authority; Cultural Center of the Philippines; Credit Information Corporation; The Judiciary; Ombudsman; Philippine Center for Economic Development; Presidential Communications Operations Office; Movie and Television Review and Classification Board; Civil Service Commission; Department of Trade and Industry; Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan; Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority; Bases Conversion and Development Authority; Department of Justice; Games and Amusements Board; Philippine Sports Commission; Philippine Racing Commission; Technical Education and Skills Development Authority; Department of Health (including attached agencies); Department of Science and Technology (including attached agencies/corporations); State Universities and Colleges (except The Philippine State Colleges of Aeronautics, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and the University of the Philippines); Philippine Competition Commission; Commission on Higher Education.

Higher education budget cuts lamented

September 14, 2019
THE budget cut for education would cripple some state universities and colleges and technical vocational institutions, warned ACT Teachers Rep. France Castro as she assailed the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for slashing the budget for education by at least P12 billion.

GCTA law changes eyed

September 13, 2019
In a television interview, Rizal Rep. Fidel Nograles said there are several bills and resolutions filed in the House seeking to investigate how GCTA was implemented following reports that inmates convicted of heinous crimes were among those given liberty.

Tax bill ok'd

September 13, 2019
This is the second tax reform package being pushed by President Rodrigo Duterte. The first one was the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) which was signed into law on December 19, 2017.

Jinggoy plea junked

September 12, 2019
The Fifth Division issued a 12-page decision denying the appeal of Estrada to dismiss the case filed against him over the alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel fund and his taking a commission from the projects funded by the PDAF.

Special hospital for elderly sought

September 12, 2019
House Bill 393 or “The National Center for Geriatric Health and Research Institute Act,” establishes the NCGHRI, a 100-bed hospital that will be attached to the Department of Health (DoH). Under the measure, not less than 40% of the NCGHRI’s hospital beds shall be allocated for indigent patients.