Recto wants fast free internet connectivity

WHAT’S the use of free Wi-Fi if the connection is at snailpace?

This is the dilemma that Congress hopes to solve with a recently-approved bill intended to ensure that broadband services should not only be accessible to all Filipinos but also be faster and more efficient.

The Free Internet Access in Public Places Act is now headed to President Rodrigo Duterte for his signature after both houses of Congress ratified the reconciled version hammered out by representatives of each chamber.

The bill will not only mandate the creation of free internet access in public places and offices nationwide but also…

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Loren hails passage of free college education bill

SENATOR Loren Legarda has declared the future of many poor students just became brighter following the passage of the Free College Tuition Bill, which will pave the way for more Filipinos getting access to quality tertiary education.

Legarda, who co-sponsored the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, said the measure would institutionalize the provision of full tuition fee subsidy for students enrolled in all of the country's state universities and colleges (SUCs), local universities and colleges (LUCs) and in state-run technical-vocational institutions.

"One of the long-standing concerns of poor families is bringing their children to college because after finishing…

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CBCP lauds Lopez

THE social advocacy, development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has lauded the erstwhile Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez on her action for banning all prospective open-pit mines in the country.

"We support DENR's move to ban open pit mining. Sec. Gina Lopez is doing what is right, she is not bowing to please the CA (Commission on Appointments) that makes her even more qualified to take lead of the DENR," said Fr. Edwin Gariguez, Executive Secretary of the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines.

He also noted…

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Mystery shrouds Gina’s rejection

The recent “rejection” of the confirmation of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Sec. Gina Lopez is shrouded in mystery.

While it did not come as a surprise after a number of senators have admitted beforehand that she had a 50-50 chance of being confirmed by the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA), the manner on how it was done had made many conspiracy theorists wagging their tongues.


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Another surprise was the talk that some of those who were supposed to vote in favor of Lopez made a sudden turn-around in the last minute.

The fact that…

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Congress stays under federal system

AMID fears that Congress would be abolished under the proposed Federal system of government, House officials had assured the public that the country’s legislature will remain intact under the new system.

In a recent seminar on federalism held at the House of Representatives, House General Secretary Atty. Cesar Strait Pareja clarified that the House will only be affected if “we adopt a unicameral or parliamentary system, but not a federal system.”

Pareja further said that if the country shifts to federalism, there will be federal legislature in every federal state, which means that the experience and expertise of the…

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