House approves SIM card registration bill on third and final reading 

THE HOUSE of Representatives has approved a bill that would require the registration of SIM cards for mobile phones to prevent use for fraud.   In a vote of 181-6 with no abstentions, the House passed House Bill 5793 or the SIM (subscriber identity module) Card Registration Act on third and final reading.   The bill requires public telecommunication companies or direct sellers of SIM cards to […]

House bill seeks to provide communications allowance to public school teachers

A bill has been filed at the House of Representatives to provide data and communication allowances to public school teachers to help them provide quality education through distance learning. ACT-CIS Party-list Rep. Eric G. Yap, chair of the House appropriations committee, filed House Bill 10526 as he noted that funds provided to teachers through the […]

Bill extending validity of 2021 budget passed on 2nd reading

HOUSE LEGISLATORS approved a bill on second reading Monday that would extend the validity of this year’s budget. House Bill 10373 will extend all appropriations under the 2021 General Appropriations Act until Dec. 31, 2022. Completion, inspection, and payment of infrastructure projects and maintenance and operating expenses should also beat that deadline. No individual amendments […]

Industry groups, foreign chambers push for bill on transportation safety board 

INDUSTRY GROUPS called on lawmakers to fast-track the approval of a bill that would create the Philippine Transportation Safety Board (PTSB), which would be responsible for the impartial investigation of transport-related accidents and incidents.   “The PTSB bill has languished in Congress for over two decades. Only during the current 18th Congress has this bill reached the most advanced stage in both […]

Business group backs education oversight bill

AN INDUSTRY association backing education reform said Congress and Malacañang must prioritize a bill that proposes to grant legislators oversight over education, which was among the sectors hardest hit by the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic. The Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) urged President Rodrigo R. Duterte Thursday to certify as urgent House Bill 10308 […]

Bill filed limiting authority of OICs in gov’t posts   

A SENATOR filed a bill on Monday that seeks to limit the powers of government officials designated as officer-in-charge (OIC), after questionable billions-worth of pandemic contracts were signed last year and prompted a lengthy probe in the upper chamber.    Senator Francis N. Tolentino’s Senate bill no. 2434 will amend provisions of Executive Order 292 or the Administrative Code of 1987 on OICs.   If enacted, the proposed law will inhibit OICs […]

House approves postponement of Bangsamoro elections to 2025   

HOUSE LAWMAKERS approved late Wednesday the postponement of the first regular elections in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).   A counterpart measure was already passed at the Senate on Sept. 6.   In a 187-0 vote with 0 abstentions, the House approved House Bill 10121 that would move the BARMM parliamentary polls from May 2022 to […]

Government Wakes up to Blockchain & Cryptocurrency

Washington, D.C., Sep 13, 2021 – (ACN Newswire via – In August, the US Senate approved the $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill, as part of the $3.5 Trillion Budget Bill. Language in this bill suggests that $28 Billion in funding will come from enforcing tax-reporting requirements on cryptocurrency brokers. A cryptocurrency broker is anyone who […]