Commission for the elderly bill gets support

Senator Bam Aquino has filed a bill creating a National Commission for Senior Citizens to ensure that their rights and privileges are properly given them.

This developed as various groups supporting the cause of the elderly people went to the Senate to express their backing for Aquino’s proposed measure.

The groups include the NAPC Senior Citizens Sectoral Council, Federation of Senior Citizens of the Philippines (FSCAP), Confederation of Older Persons Association of the Philippines (COPAP), Coalition of Services of the Elderly, Inc. (COSE), and Pederasyon ng Maralitang Nakakatanda (PAMANA) with DSWD, NCDA, CWC, and House Committees on Government Reorganization and…

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CHED allots P317-M for medical students

IT was a luxury never enjoyed by their predecessors.

This, after the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) allocated P317 million from its 2017 budget to provide free tuition for medical students in eight state universities and colleges (SUCs) for the current academic year.

The CHED directive indicated that new and continuing Filipino medical students can avail themselves of a full tuition subsidy from eight state medical schools in the Philippines in the country. 

Senator Sonny Angara for his part expressed support to the move noting that giving priority to medical students in the government’s free tertiary education program could…

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Gatchalian sees rise in smuggling cases

AHEAD of the Duterte administration’s plan to hike excise taxes on luxury vehicles, Senator Win Gatchalian warned the Bureau of Customs to be on the lookout for a possible higher incidence of car smuggling.

Gatchalian said shrewd stakeholders in the automobile industry are likely to engage in the underground trading of high-end vehicles to dodge paying exorbitant excise taxes.

"In my view, the incidence of smuggling will also go up when higher excise taxes are imposed on luxury cars. If this happens, it should not be 'business-as-usual' for the Bureau of Customs. The BOC should be ready to deal with…

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Much ado about Digong’s health
Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go released this photo of President Rodrigo Duterte on June 15 amid speculations about the President's health. From the Philippine Daily Inquirer

EVEN Presidents have day offs too. To a certain extent they can take those day offs as long as they need it. After all, they are also humans and they also need time to rest.

Administration ally Sen. Panfilo Lacson and opposition Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan agreed on this matter.

President Duterte has been conspicuously “absent” since Monday, Independence Day - his first Independence Day celebration as Chief Executive – triggering talks about…

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Productive gov’t retirees
Photo from the Pangasinan LGU website

THERE’S life after retirement from government service. 

This is what Congress wants to demonstrate with a bill recently approved at committee level giving government retirees who opt to venture into entrepreneurship ample support from the national government.

Thus, the House Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, led by Misamis Oriental representative Peter Unabia, recently passed a substitute bill promoting the skills of government employees to ensure their productivity after their retirement from government services. 

The bill, which substituted House Bill No. 3335 authored by party-list congresswoman Victoria Isabel Noel, is now under a…

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