House plenary passes e-cigarette bill amid claims of weaker health safeguards, youth protections

THE HOUSE of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill that proposes to regulate e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products, in the face of opposition from some legislators over the deletion of health safeguards. Voting 192 to 34 with four abstentions, legislators approved House Bill 9007, or the proposed Non- Combustible Nicotine Delivery Systems […]

Pressed for time, House adopts Senate tax amnesty extension bill

THE proposed extension for availing of the estate tax amnesty will head to Malacañang directly without the need to go through the bicameral conference committee stage after the House of Representatives moved to adopt the Senate’s version of the measure. Late Monday, House legislators approved a motion to concur with the Senate’s version of the measure, adopting Senate […]

Senate OK’s bill on child sexual abuse

The Senate on Thursday approved on second reading a bill seeking to strengthen the country’s law against sexual abuse of children online.  The Senate approved Senate Bill 2209, which will repeal the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009 and amend the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009.  The committees on women, science and technology and […]

Employers express support for law making pensions portable

EMPLOYERS Confederation of the Philippines President Sergio R. Ortiz-Luis, Jr. said he supports a proposal to make pensions transferable as workers change jobs. Speaking before the Committee on Banks and Financial Intermediaries Wednesday, Mr. Ortiz-Luis said House Bill 8938, which creates Employee Pension and Retirement Income (EPRI) accounts that stay with the worker regardless of […]

Senate bill mandates refund for internet service disruptions

A SENATOR has filed a bill requiring telecommunication companies and internet service providers to give a refund for service disruptions. These service interruptions affect business and commercial transactions, online classes and even Senate hearings, said Senator Manuel M. Lapid, who filed Senate Bill 2092. The measure will amend the Public Telecommunications Policy Act of the […]

House targets to approve emergency vaccine procurement bill by Monday

HOUSE SPEAKER Lord Allan Jay Q. Velasco said the proposed measure that will expedite the procurement of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines by local government units will be approved next week, with lawmakers rushing to pass the measure after President Rodrigo R. Duterte certified it as urgent. “With President Rodrigo Roa Duterte certifying the measure […]

House approves GUIDE bill

THE HOUSE of Representatives approved on final reading a proposed law that will provide state-run banks P10 billion to lend to distressed micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). In their plenary session on Tuesday, lawmakers approved House Bill 7749 or the proposed Government Financial Institutions Unified Initiatives (GFI) to Distressed Enterprises for Economic Recovery or […]