Under dark clouds, lawmakers kick off new US Congress

Sporting a black mask, Democrat Nikema Williams is well aware of Washington's toxic political divisions and the challenges of a deadly pandemic -- the newly elected African American congresswoman is a Covid survivor......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardJan 4th, 2021

How a women’s party has found its voice, pursued the rights and welfare of women in male-dominated Congress

“So while we are debunking red-tagging and all the baseless allegations being hurled against progressive lawmakers, we were able to come up with a pandemic response bill, the pandemic paid leave bill, and even the law on solo parents was signed.” -- Gabriela Women's Party Rep. Arlene Brosas The post How a women’s party has found its voice, pursued the rights and welfare of women in male-dominated Congress appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2021

4 Things to Know about Providing Telehealth Services in Multiple Languages

If you are entrepreneur with a knack for languages an interest in health, the dark clouds of the pandemic may have a silver lining. COVID-19 has moved a wide range of health and medical services online. Technology has given individuals and small businesses new opportunities to provide value added services. We’ll consider some ways to […] The post 4 Things to Know about Providing Telehealth Services in Multiple Languages appeared first on Kagay An......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2021

Lawmakers can t be prevented from pushing for charter change — Palace

Congress cannot be prevented from pushing for charter change, Malacañang said Thursday, after some mayors expressed concern about the timing of efforts to amend the Constitution......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2021

Diocese of Balanga marks Christian Unity Week from Jan. 18 to 25

   The Diocese of Balanga in Bataan will observe Christian Unity Week from Jan. 18 to 25. Bishop Ruperto Santos (CBCP / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)    In a Diocesan Pastoral Directive, Balanga Bishop Ruperto C. Santos said priest formators from the Virgen Milagrosa del Rosario College Seminary will present and share their reflections on the Encyclical Letter of His Holiness, Pope Francis Fratelli Tutti.  The reflections, through the assistance of the diocese’s Ministry on Social Communications, are pre-recorded and may be downloaded on YouTube during the observance of Christian Unity Week.      Santos said the presentation and reflection will be made by  Father Jason Balan – Chapter One: Dark Clouds over a Closed World and Chapter Two: A Stranger on the Road; Father Joseph Quicho – Chapter Three: Envisaging and Engendering an Open World Moving Beyond Ourselves; Chapter Four: A Heart Open to the Whole World; Father Ramon Mariano – Chapter Five: A Better Kind of Politics; Chapter Six: Dialogue and Friendship in Society Social Dialogue; Father Rosauro Guila – Chapter Seven: Paths of Renewed Encounter Starting Anew from the Truth the Art and Architecture of Peace,  and Chapter Eight: Religions at the Service of Fraternity in our World the Ultimate Foundation.    “In order to build a better, just, and peaceful world, our Holy Father with his Fratelli Tutti fosters and highlights fraternity and social friendship. As one family in this world, all must work towards peace, that is, avoiding and declaring no to war, rejecting globalized indifference,” Santos said.    “It is in this devastating and dangerous time of the COVID-19 pandemic that all can show and act as brothers and sisters to one another. No one is ignored. No one is forgotten nor left behind. But all are helped. All are given hope. And they can feel and act as their brother’s keeper (Genesis 4,9). With Fratelli Tutti, we are one and united. We belong to each other and we need one another. With the grateful heart and open hand, let us listen to the valuable reflective sharing of our Virgen Milagrosa del Rosario College Seminary priest-formators,” he said......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsJan 17th, 2021

Duterte veto on intel fund disclosure questioned

Militant lawmakers yesterday questioned the veto by President Duterte of a provision in the 2021 national budget law that requires him to report to Congress the government’s use of intelligence funds......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 31st, 2020

NGCP requests Congress to let tax-free imports of virus vaccines

Transmission network operator National Grid Corp. of the Philippines on Wednesday asked lawmakers to allow private companies to import, tax-free, doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for use of their employees......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2020

DND chief slams Makabayan

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana insisted Sunday that leftist lawmakers belonging to the Makabayan bloc should be removed from the House of Representatives, saying their presence in Congress strengthens the communist rebels......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 14th, 2020

Rep. Lito: Industry needs gov’t help

The prospects for the movie industry look as dark as the heavy clouds that forebode a supertyphoon......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 7th, 2020

Duterte names CPP fronts

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday accused militant lawmakers in Congress of belonging to so-called legal fronts of the Communist Party of the Philippines and serving as "co-conspirators" in efforts to overthrow the government......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 1st, 2020

Sara’s order: Davao City ‘restricted’

The deaths, the pain, the debts and the frustration are sent our way to change us into Dabawenyos who look at dark clouds and see it as the silver lining. The post Sara’s order: Davao City ‘restricted’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 19th, 2020

Vaccinated against budget cuts : Lawmakers reject Duterte threat to defund UP

A threat by President Rodrigo Duterte to defund the country's premier state university that later on turned out to be misplaced is not sitting well with some members of Congress......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 18th, 2020

Facebook, Twitter CEOs back before Congress Tuesday

The top executives of Facebook and Twitter were set to appear before US lawmakers for the second time in less than month for a fresh hearing on the hotly disputed role of social networks in US political debate......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 17th, 2020

It ain’t over yet

As expected, the Speakership battle took turn for the worse in a “rump” session last Monday. It was held away from the august halls of the 18th Congress in Batasan Pambansa in Quezon City. Specifically, the breakaway lawmakers held it at the social hall of the Celebrity Sports Plaza also in Quezon City......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

Two Visayan solons: Cayetano should recognize Velasco’s election, should step down

Two Visayan lawmakers said Tuesday (Oct. 13) Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano should step down, given that the majority of the 299-man Lower Chamber already gave their support to Marinduque lone District Rep. Lord Allan Velasco as their new Speaker. Cebu City 2nd District Rep.  Rodrigo Abellanosa, and Negros Oriental 2nd District Rep. Manuel Sagarbarria said Cayetano should accept the fact that Velasco has the backing of the majority of their colleagues. “The proceedings, especially the voting are well-documented and can stand scrutiny, and even until now the number of members supporting LAV (Lord Allan Velasco) continues to grow,” Abellanosa said in a Viber message. “APC (Alan Peter Cayetano) might end up with only a handful for him if he insists he still has the number,” he said. On Monday, Oct. 12, Velasco was elected as the Speaker by 186 lawmakers in an assembly held at the Celebrity Sports Plaza in Quezon City. Cayetano questioned such proceedings, saying that it was a “fake session.” Sagarbarria pressed on Cayetano to relinquish his post. “Cayetano should step down and honor the 15-21 agreement,” he said. Under the term-sharing agreement endorsed by President Duterte, Cayetano will serve as Speaker for the first 15 months of the 18th Congress or in October and will step down by the end of this period to allow Velasco to take over during the last 21 months. When asked on calls to formally elect the new Speaker in today’s plenary session, Sagarbarria, chairperson of the House Special panel on West Philippine Sea, said there is no need to conduct another election since Velasco got the support of 186 congressmen. The House leader said he will join today’s special session “with the new Speaker,” referring to Velasco. The House leader said as far as he is concerned, the new Speaker has been elected and that Cayetano has to give way to Velasco.  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

Extended session proposed

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman on Sunday appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to extend the special session of Congress for another four days from Oct. 19 to 22 to give lawmakers enough time to scrutinize and approve the proposed P4.5-trillion national budget for 2021......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 11th, 2020

Duterte calls special session on October 13-16

President Duterte has called for a special session of Congress from Oct. 13 to 16 next week to get lawmakers to approve on time the 2021 national budget, which he also certified as urgent last night......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

Rody calls Congress to special session

President Rodrigo Duterte called on the House of Representatives on Friday to special session next week to resume the congressional deliberations on the proposed P4.5-trillion national budget for 2021 which he also certified as urgent. Duterte’s spokesperson Harry Roque said the Chief Executive urged lawmakers to tackle on 13 to 16 October the government’s spending […] The post Rody calls Congress to special session appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

Duterte urges lawmakers to pass more laws to end corruption, red tape

President Rodrigo Duterte has urged Congress to pass more measures that would curb corruption and cut red tape, noting that shorter government transactions would help the economy recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 17th, 2020

Former Speaker and EPIRA principal author Fuentebella passes away

Former House Speaker and principal author of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) Arnulfo “Noli” P. Fuentebella passed away on September 9 due to lingering illnesses, his family has confirmed. He was 74. Arnulfo “Noli” P. Fuentebella Camarines Sur Arnulf Bryan “Arnie” Fuentebella , in a social media post, announced the untimely demise of the former speaker of the House of Representatives. The sad news was also confirmed by his other son, Department of Energy (DOE) Undersecretary Felix William B. Fuentebella. “With deep sorrow, we would like to inform our family and friends that former Speaker Arnulfo “Noli” P. Fuentebella has passed away this morning (September 9),” the lawmaker said. He added the elder Fuentebella “succumbed to heart failure after battling kidney disease for almost two years.” The family requested for prayers “for his final journey back Home.” Details of necrological services shall be announced in the following days. Aside from his stint at the Congress’s top leadership, his long years of service as Congressman of Camarines Sur as well as his career life as a lawyer, one of the landmark achievements of Fuentebella was his authorship of the EPIRA, a turning point law that was passed in June 2001 which then paved the way for the restructuring of the country’s electricity sector. While propounded legislation on the long-proposed privatization and liberalization of the power industry failed to make it through the maze of three Congresses prior to his time as Chairman of the House Committee on Energy, he made sure during his turn at the body that the measure would finally be enacted. Fuentebella and other key lawmakers studied the privatization pathway for state-run National Power Corporation (NPC) “with great caution and thoroughness” by looking at the experiences of other deregulated electricity markets all over the world – and that earned him the respect and regard of the industry as the “father and prime mover of the power industry’s deregulation and restructuring.” His energy committee at that time judiciously consulted with all affected stakeholders – listening to both sides of the spectrum – whether they are pro or against the power industry restructuring bill. The EPIRA is a legislative piece that until today is considered unmatched in the energy sector – and the leadership he had shown during his time at the Energy Committee ensured not just the passage of the law; but it also guaranteed that the provisions are feasible for implementation through the years. Even the design of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) had to undergo fine-tuning prior to the law’s final deliberations and eventual passage because of the California’s power market experience then – primarily the excessive market exposure of some players that triggered their bankruptcies, the State’s missteps in energy planning that then led to its worst nightmare of blackouts. The EPIRA is already on its 20th year of implementation next year and while it is not exactly a perfect law, it was able to advance milestone achievements – primarily the privatization of the government-owned power assets; and it had also extended benefits to Filipino consumers; including lifeline discounts for marginalized end-users’ and the ‘power of choice’ that some segments of electricity consumers are now enjoying when it comes to sourcing and patronizing preferred power providers......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsSep 9th, 2020

11 Senate bills enacted since first regular session

The Senate has produced 11 bills signed by President Rodrigo Duterte into law since the 18th Congress’ first regular session. In the statistical report released by Legislative Bills and Index Service, the lawmakers have worked on new laws namely the Malasakit Centers Act, Postponement of the Barangay and SK Elections, Salary Standardization Law of 2019, […] The post 11 Senate bills enacted since first regular session appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 4th, 2020