E-Governance bill hurdles House committee 

A BILL seeking to digitalize the bureaucracy has been approved by the House committee on information and communications technology. On Wednesday the committee passed an unnumbered substitute bill seeking to effect a government transition to an electronic mode of delivering services and information. Rabindranath P. Quilala, director of the Anti-Red Tape Authority, said that the […]

Bill seeks farm consolidation, clustering to make agri sector more productive, competitive 

A HOUSE bill that supports farm consolidation and crop clustering has been filed, aiming to make the Philippine agricultural sector more efficient and globally competitive.    “Agriculture is always an issue of scale,” TINGOG Party-list Rep. Jude A. Acidre, one of the authors of House Bill 7077, said in a statement on Thursday.   The measure’s explanatory […]

Tolentino files bills on PS-DBM abolition, stricter requirements for bidders 

THE SENATE Blue Ribbon Committee chair has filed separate bills seeking to abolish the Procurement Service of the Department of Management and Management (PS-DBM) and mandating stricter screening requirements for bidders in government projects.   Senate Bill 1802, filed on Jan. 30 by Senator Francis N. Tolentino, proposes the dissolution of the PS-DBM based on reports […]

House panel OK’s bill on special program for workers to earn a tertiary-level diploma 

A HOUSE committee approved on Monday a bill that will provide an opportunity for workers who dropped out of school to earn a bachelor’s degree through an alternative schooling program.    The House committee on higher and technical education approved a measure seeking to institutionalize the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP).  The ETEEAP […]

Sovereign wealth fund bill could face lawsuit

By Beatriz Marie D. Cruz A PROPOSED sovereign wealth fund that Philippine President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. pitched to world and business leaders in Davos, Switzerland this month risks getting voided by the courts for “sequestering” dividends from state companies, a congressman said on Tuesday. The so-called Maharlika Investment Fund bill, which the House of […]

Inclusion of reps for OFWs, education sector recommended for bill on employment recovery plan 

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS proposed the inclusion of representatives from overseas Filipino workers (OFW) groups and the education sector in a planned interagency body for the country’s employment recovery plan following the coronavirus pandemic.  Migrant Workers Secretary Susan V. Ople, in an economic affairs hearing at the Senate on Tuesday, said Senate Bill 129 should include representation […]

Bill mandates setting up an evacuation center in each town, city

A SENATOR has filed a bill that seeks to establish an evacuation center in every city and municipality in the Philippines.   Senator Rafael “Raffy” T. Tulfo filed Senate Bill 1652 to mandate local governments to set up a facility that is adequately equipped to accommodate displaced residents during disaster and emergency situations.   “When disaster and […]

Solons file bill on airline passengers’ rights; CAAP takes full blame on Jan. 1 airport hassle

A GROUP of lawmakers filed a bill on the rights of airline passengers which, if passed into law, will replace what they called the “ineffective” 2012 order containing the country’s Air Passenger Bill of Rights and Carrier Obligations.    “We need a law that would truly protect airline passengers and also serve as a deterrent to […]