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HOUSE, SENATE DISCUSS UPDATES ON JOINT WEB PORTAL LAUNCH

The House of Representatives Secretariat led by Secretary General Reginald Velasco and the Senate Secretariat led by Secretary Atty. Renato Bantug Jr. reconvened on Thursday to discuss updates on the planned e-Congress web portal, which would house information on the legislative secretariat work of both chambers. A technical working group was created, composed of House …

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Speaker Romualdez to unscrupulous businessmen hoarding agricultural products: moderate your greed or else

SPEAKER Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez on Tuesday asked profit-hungry traders manipulating or hoarding the supply and prices of agricultural products such as onion to “moderate their greed” or suffer the dire consequences. On Monday, Romualdez and other leaders of the House met with representatives from the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Trade …

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Jinggoy sounds alarm bells on “dummy” recruitment agencies for OFWs

SENATOR Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada today rang the alarm bells on alleged “dummy” Filipino owners of placement agencies recruiting land-based overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Estrada called out officials of the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) on the matter in the wake of the recent case of slain OFW Jullebee Ranara and the cancellation of the recruitment …

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As House inks research pact with Ateneo de Manila Speaker Romualdez: ‘Smarter House’ to make more ‘pro-people’ legislation

AS the House of Representatives partners with premier academic institution Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) for a research collaboration project, Speaker Martin G. Romualdez on Tuesday expressed optimism that the chamber can expect to work on “evidence-based, people-oriented” legislation very, very soon. “Today is indeed an auspicious day at the House of Representatives. It has …

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Gatchalian wants to ease requirements for distributing centenarians’ benefits

Senator Win Gatchalian wants eased requirements and improved efficiency in the distribution of benefits to be awarded to centenarians. In a public hearing on the proposed amendments to the Centenarians Act of 2016 (Republic Act No. 10868), Gatchalian shared the experience of a constituent who applied for the P100,000 cash gift in 2021. The law …

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House panel reviews Constitution to attract foreign capital

Members of the House of Representatives who are pushing for Constitutional amendments have reached a consensus to lift its overly-protective economic provisions that restrict the inflow of foreign capital. Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez on Wednesday said congressional deliberations on the proposed Constitutional amendments are more focused now on the need to encourage investments that …

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