House panel approves bill regulating operation of motorcycle-for-hire 

THE HOUSE of Representatives’ transport committee approved Wednesday a measure that would allow and regulate the use of motorcycles as public utility vehicles.     In a hearing, the panel approved an unnumbered substitute bill and committee report known as the proposed Motorcycles-for-Hire Regulation Act.   The bill, if signed into law, will amend Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and […]

House resolution calls for investigation into vegetable smuggling

HOUSE LEGISLATORS have called for an investigation into smuggled Chinese vegetables being distributed in domestic markets. The minority Makabayan bloc, led by Bayan Muna Rep. Eufemia C. Cullamat, filed House Resolution 2263 Wednesday requesting an investigation by the House Committee on Agriculture and Food. According to the resolution, farmers have reported diminished demand for their […]

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 […]

House approves VP budget

The House committee on appropriations has approved the Office of the Vice-President’s P713.41-million budget for next year.  The panel approved the budget, which is 21% lower, without a hearing — consistent with the tradition of parliamentary courtesy to a co-equal government branch.  Under the spending plan, P139.58 million will go to personnel services, P558.5 million […]

House approves ease of paying taxes bill on 2nd reading

HOUSE LEGISLATORS approved a measure on second reading Monday that would ease the process of filing taxes in order to encourage taxpayers to pay their dues. House Bill 8942 or the Ease of Paying Taxes Act seeks to simplify rules and processes in filing and paying taxes, such as removing venue restrictions and introducing a medium taxpayer classification. The measure would also remove the […]

House panel gives swift nod to the P8.2B Office of the President budget

THE HOUSE appropriations committee approved the P8.182-billion budget of the Office of the President (OP) for 2022 of without any deliberation. The 2022 budget, which is P4.05 million smaller than the office’s spending plan for this year, was approved following a motion by Pangasinan Rep. Tyrone D. Agabas to immediately terminate the proceedings. In the […]

Congress urged to cut 20% stamp tax

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has urged Congress to pass a measure that will cut the 20% documentary stamp tax to 10% to ensure efficient use of charity funds.  About 62% of its charity fund this year has so far been used to pay for documentary stamp taxes, PCSO Legislative Liaison Officer Gay Nadine P. Alvor told lawmakers at a House of Representatives hearing on Friday.   The House ways and means committee said it would endorse a tax cut on lotto tickets in a bicameral committee once the Senate approves the Passive Income and Financial […]

Mandaue to go house to house to register residents for vax jab

THE Mandaue City Government has implemented a full-blown vaccination registration program in all its 27 barangays through a house-to-house procedure starting Monday, June 21, 2021. It initially launched a house-to-house registration for those belonging to the A1 (health care workers) and A2 (senior citizens) priority groups before it launched its online registration. This time, it […]

Eugenio: The heart of the home

We human beings, we are alive, moving and functioning because our hearts are healthy and pumping blood. Without our hearts, it’s impossible to live. With a balanced diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle, we keep our hearts beating and this keeps us going on and living productive and happy lives. Our homes need to be […]

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 […]