Home Tags Charmaine A. Tadalan

Tag: Charmaine A. Tadalan

House approves new franchise for Jacinto’s network

THE House of Representatives passed on third and final reading the bill renewing the franchise granted to Rajah Broadcasting Network, Inc. (RBN), owned by businessman and presidential adviser Ramon “RJ” P. Jacinto.

House not likely to pass 2019 Budget before recess

THE P3.757-TRILLION Budget Bill for 2019 is unlikely to hurdle the House of Representatives ahead of the Oct. 12 recess.

BPO night-pay bill may trigger demands from other workers

A BILL granting additional pay to Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) employees on the night shift might encourage workers in other industries to demand similar benefits, a wage regulator said.

House approves on 2nd reading expanded sexual harassment bill

THE BILL expanding the definition of sexual harassment in the workplace or educational institutions has hurdled second reading at the House of Representatives.

House moves to relax foreign business hurdles

A BILL seeking to amend Republic Act No. 7042, or the Foreign Investments Act of 1991 in order to further open up the Philippine economy to foreign participation secured committee-level approval in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

House bills on strengthening NEDA merged

THE HOUSE COMMITTEE on Economic Affairs on Tuesday consolidated bills institutionalizing the National Economic Development Authority but deferred approval to include amendments giving the body stronger coordination at the local level.

Senate says no time for House draft charter

THERE IS no time to tackle the draft constitution proposed by House Speaker Gloria M. Arroyo in the 17th Congress, Senate leaders said on Tuesday.

Andaya says SALN complaint ‘an ongoing hatchet’ job

THE TRUTH & Justice Coalition on Tuesday filed a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman against House Majority Leader Rolando G. Andaya Jr. and his wife over alleged dishonesty in their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN).

House Speaker Arroyo to count on rapport in last big role...

IN WHAT MAY be the last chapter of a long and complicated political career, House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo aims to fulfill what she regards as her mission now, or “our objective...to push for the President’s legislative agenda.”

House panel approves mining royalty bill based on margins

THE House Ways and Means Committee approved on Monday a substitute bill imposing a variable royalty on mining margins of 1-5% for firms outside designated mineral reservations, softening the Department of Finance’s (DoF) draft bill which had called for a 5% royalty on gross output on miners everywhere.

House draft charter sponsored in plenary

THE HOUSE Committee on Constitutional Amendments on Monday sponsored at the plenary its version of a draft Constitution that lifts term limits and also the ban on political dynasties.

House approves PhilHealth coverage for PWDs

THE House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading the bill that will provide for mandatory PhilHealth coverage of persons with disability (PWD).

House approves bill on technical-vocational education and training

THE House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading the “Tulong-Trabaho” bill that will provide free technical-vocational education and training (TVET).

NEDA bills tackled by House committee Tuesday

THE House Committee on Economic Affairs will tackle on Tuesday the bills expanding the independence of National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).

House bill filed on stiffer penalties against flying voters

A BILL imposing stiffer penalties on “flying voters” has been filed at the House of Representatives ahead of the midterm elections in 2019.

2019 appropriations bill hurdles 2nd reading

THE House of Representatives on Wednesday night passed on second reading the proposed P3.757-trillion national budget for 2019.

Bill exempting small miners from tax on BSP gold sales clears...

A BILL exempting small-scale miners from tax on gold sales to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has hurdled second reading at the House of Representatives.

Arroyo to economic managers: Act ‘faster’ on inflation

HOUSE Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Thursday urged the government’s economic managers to work “faster” in addressing inflation.

Nationwide round-up

OFW group files misconduct, human trafficking complaints vs Bertiz MIGRANTE INTERNATIONAL, an alliance of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), filed complaints on Thursday before the House...

Customs tops collection target for 8th straight month

THE BUREAU of Customs (BoC) surpassed its collection target for the eighth straight month in September, Commissioner Isidro S. Lapeña told lawmakers in the House of Representatives on Monday.

Bicameral committee passes maternity benefits bill with 105 days’ leave

THE PROPOSED Expanded Maternity Leave bill cleared the Bicameral Conference Committee on Monday with the two chambers agreeing to 105 days of leave for qualified female workers.

Nationwide round-up

THE FAMILY of nine alleged Dengvaxia victims have questioned the admission of the affidavit of Dr. Raymundo W. Lo, submitted for former Health secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin, saying he is part of the team that purchased the controversial dengue vaccine.

Maternity leave bill bicam targets ratification before Congress recess

THE Bicameral Conference Committee tasked to reconcile versions of the increased paid maternity leave bill will begin its work on Monday with a target to ratify the bill ahead of the congressional break.

Flood-control study for Central Luzon to start by Oct. 11

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is expected to launch a feasibility study for the Pampanga Delta Development Program (PDDP) by Oct. 11, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said.

Boracay to reopen Oct. 26

THE tourist island of Boracay is set to reopen on Oct. 26, but its full rehabilitation will be completed in two years, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Eduardo M. Año said.

Veep joins Itogon relief efforts

VICE-PRESIDENT Maria Leonor G. Robredo on Friday visited tragedy-stricken Itogon, Benguet to provide livelihood assistance.

Property valuation bill approved by House

THE tax reform package updating real property valuation standards made it past the House Committee on Ways and Means on Wednesday.

Ex-BoC officer Guban detained for contempt

A JOINT panel in the House of Representatives on Thursday cited for contempt former customs intelligence officer Jimmy S. Guban over conflicting statements during...

House suspends mining tax hearing pending further talks

THE House Committee on Ways and Means on Wednesday deferred consideration of the proposed mining tax reform as the positions of the Department of Finance (DoF) and the mining industry are currently irreconcilable.

Red October plot a fantasy from Tom Clancy — Senator

SENATORS ON Wednesday weighed in on an alleged “Red October” destabilization plot involving the political opposition, with the minority leader dismissing the alleged plot as a “fantasy tale taken from a Tom Clancy thriller.”

Lagman challenges dismissal of impeachment complaint vs SC justices

REPRESENTATIVE Edcel C. Lagman of the first district of Albay challenged the validity of the House Justice Committee’s decision to dismiss the consolidated impeachment complaints against Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro and six other Supreme Court Associate Justices for lack of votes.

House hopes to pass budget bill before October recess

THE House of Representatives is committed to have the 2019 budget bill approved on third reading before Congress adjourns on Oct. 12, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said.

Duterte’s approval, trust ratings fall in Pulse Asia’s September poll

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s trust and approval ratings fell considerably in a September poll by Pulse Asia released on Tuesday.

Nationwide round-up

COA flags Supreme Court’s P48.7M unliquidated fund transfers By Charmaine A. Tadalan, Reporter THE COMMISSION on Audit (CoA) has flagged the Supreme Court (SC) over P48.7...

House body turns to financial products as it presses on with...

THE HOUSE of Representatives Ways and Means Committee on Monday raced to tackle more of the Executive’s proposed tax reforms in a bid to approve as many of them as possible before lawmakers turn their attention to preparations for next year’s midterm elections, this time focusing on making capital income and financial intermediary taxes simpler, fairer and more efficient.

House resolution filed on media coverage

A RESOLUTION adopting a set of guidelines on media coverage at the House of Representatives has been filed in the chamber.

Speaker Arroyo backs legislation restricting plastic use in stores

SPEAKER Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said she is supporting the speedy passage of environmental measures such as restrictions on the use of plastic.

Rep Calalang, 67

KABAYAN PARTY-LIST Representative Ciriaco S. Calalang passed away on Sunday morning, Sept. 23, due to massive stroke. He was 67.

Bill filed to upgrade, level Comelec workers’ pay

A BILL upgrading the salary grade of employees of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has been filed at the House of Representatives, ahead of the scheduled filing of certificates of candidacy (CoCs) in Oct. for the 2019 mid-term polls.

House sends proposed mining tax reform back to DoF

A PROPOSAL to give government a bigger share in mining revenues goes back to square one, as House Speaker Gloria M. Arroyo on Thursday asked the Department of Finance (DoF) to submit a new draft that would consider inputs from miners.

CHEd removes service requirement from free college tuition law IRR

The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) has agreed to remove the service requirement for beneficiaries of free tuition in government schools from the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act of 2017.

Uson, blogger Olivar charged before Ombudsman over sign-language video

MALACAÑANG said it will implement any decision by the Office of the Ombudsman on the complaints filed against Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Esther Margaux J. Uson.

TRAIN 2 to deter mine investment

THE Philippines is running the risk of losing mining investors if the government passes the bill raising the mining excise tax to 5% from 2% under the second package of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law, according to the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (CoMP).

House tackles budget as whole committee

THE HOUSE of Representatives on Tuesday constituted itself as the Committee of the Whole House to push through with the stalled budget deliberation beginning with fund realignments.

Forum flags democracy and governance under test on several fronts

FROM the drug war to the economy, “Democracy and Governance” has been challenged today to the point that now warrants upholding the truth, resource speakers said in a forum on Thursday with that theme.