Budget for ‘meaningful change’ vowed

September 10, 2019
“While we assure of no pork, no parking, and no delay of the budget. We also want to make sure that there would be equitable distribution of projects nationwide,” Cayetano told reporters in an ambush interview after spearheading the majority caucus with Romualdez Tuesday before the plenary budget debates.

House okays 2 priority economic bills

September 10, 2019
Led by Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez and Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda, chairman of the ways and means committee, the lower chamber passed on third reading House Bill 304 or Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Taxation Act (PIFTA) and House Bill 300 or the amendments to Republic Act 7042 or the Foreign Investments Act (FIA).

Marathon hearings set to speed up 2020 budget okay

September 09, 2019
HOUSE Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez said the leadership of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano has vowed to work overtime and pursue the daunting task of passing the proposed 2020 P4.1 trillion national expenditure program (NEP) that was endorsed yesterday by the House Committee on Appropriations for plenary debates starting this Tuesday afternoon.

Lawmakers seek rice tariff law amendment

September 09, 2019
He pointed to two possible sources of direct cash transfers to rice farmers: the fund balance of P4 billion of the P10 billion appropriated for the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) under the unprogrammed appropriations of the 2019 national budget, and the P9.19 billion collected as tariff revenues from rice importation from March 5 to August 21, 2019.

Dulay aide sues Tulfo, newspaper

September 08, 2019
NEWSPAPER columnist Ramon Tulfo and the top executives of Manila Times were sued anew for libel and cyber-libel before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office, the third to be filed by officials of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in less than two months.

House panel hurries 2020 budget okay

September 08, 2019
During the submission of the National Expenditure Program for Fiscal Year 2020 to Speaker Cayetano, Majority Leader Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, Chairman Ungab and other House leaders, the Speaker said that the House will make adjustments in its plenary schedule to afford more time for the scrutiny and deliberations on the proposed P4.1-trillion proposed national budget for 2020.

DoH to spend P1B in AIDS fight

September 08, 2019
THE Department of Health (DoH) will soon be spending some P1 billion every year for the antiretroviral therapy (ART) of the growing number of Filipinos living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), said a party-list congressman on Sunday.