Ease of Paying Taxes bill approved in House

The digitalization of the tax agencies finds Congress eager “to modernize the labyrinthine tax administration procedures by simplifying tax compliance, removing redundant and obsolete tax requirements, and lifting restrictions that prevent taxpayers from complying with tax laws remotely.” With a vote of 250 “yes,” zero “no,” and zero abstentions, the 19th Congress approved on Sept. […]

Editorial: Mandatory SIM card registration: Prelude to a surveillance state?

Amid the onslaught of fraudulent text messages, lawmakers have made their moves to make mobile subscriber identity module or SIM card registration mandatory.The chances of the proposed SIM Card Registration Act becoming a full-fledged law are now getting brighter, despite the opposition from human rights groups. This development came following the Congress’ Bicameral Conference Committee’s […]

Globe wants SIM registration law to require valid IDs

GLOBE Telecom, Inc. on Monday said the proposed law on the registration of subscriber identity modules (SIM) cards should require users to present verifiable identity documents. “There is a need for an authentic, verifiable source document that establishes a SIM holder’s identity,” Globe General Legal Counsel Froilan Vicente M. Castelo said in an e-mailed statement. […]

Lawmaker refiles Otop bill

A LAWMAKER has refiled a bill seeking to institutionalize the “One Town, One Product” (Otop) program to provide a solid support to the country’s growing micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).“The MSMEs should be supported financially and in terms of capacity building. They are the lifeblood of our economy, especially during this health crisis,” Sen. […]

SIM card bill OK’d on 3rd reading 

CONGRESSMEN on Monday approved on third reading a bill that will require the registration of subscriber identity modules (SIM) cards to prevent mobile phone scams.  Voting 250-6 with one abstention, the chamber approved House Bill 14, or the proposed Subscriber Identity Module Card Registration Act.  Under the bill, telecommunication companies are tasked with the safekeeping […]

House body approves freelance bill

THE HOUSE of Representatives labor committee on Monday approved a measure that seeks to protect the rights of freelance workers and ensure they work under humane conditions.   Consolidated House Bill 615 directs the employer and freelance worker to sign a hiring contract.  Pangasinan Rep. Christopher V.P. De Venecia, who filed the bill, said freelancers are […]

Bill to double subsidies to state workers 

A BILL doubling the monthly subsidy given to government employees, military and uniformed personnel to P4,000 has been filed at the Senate.  “With the worsening inflation rate or the increasing costs of some common services and products purchased by consumers, the amount of personnel economic relief allowance received by government workers is no longer significant,” […]

Senate to probe rampant text scams; House body approves SIM card bill

By Alyssa Nicole O. Tan, Reporter A SENATOR has filed a resolution seeking to investigate rampant “personalized text scams” that use spam and phishing to victimize Filipinos. “It is alarming that while major telecommunication providers claim to have already blocked a significant number of spam and phishing text messages, the problem continues to hound many […]

House panel OK’s substitute bill for village, youth council election postponement 

A SUBSTITUTE bill postponing the December 2022 village and youth council elections to 2023 has been approved by the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms.   “Through series of approved motions in the last meeting, we agreed as a committee to craft a substitute bill, consolidating more than thirty bills filed,” Mountain Province Rep. Maximo […]

EXPLAINER: Special coordinating body for Mega/Metro Cebu in separate bills of Cutie del Mar, Edu Rama. Who will lead? Legislated rules may remove old roadblock: Cebu City feeling superior to other LGUs.

TWO BILLS, SAME SUBJECT. House Bill (HB) 00961 was filed last June 30 by Representative Marguerite Rachel “Cutie” Del Mar (BOPK) of Cebu City’s north district. It was actually the fourth filing, since the same bill was filed by her father, the late congressman Raul Del Mar, in the past three terms, the 16th, the […]