PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS THE HOUSE Committee on Health has approved several bills that would continue the allowances and benefits for healthcare workers as the spread of the coronavirus persists. In a hearing Tuesday, the panel approved House Bills 9640, 10198, 10285, 10331, and 10365 subject to their consolidation and style amendments. All measures seek to cover both public and ...

MAKABAYAN lawmakers on Tuesday said it was not enough to cut the budget of the anti-communist task force and reiterated their call to abolish the multi-agency group. The Senate Finance Committee slashed the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict's (NTF-ELCAC) budget to P4 billion from the proposed P28 billion. Senator Juan Edgardo "Sonny" M. Angara, who chairs ...

PCOO JUSTICE Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra was hospitalized on Tuesday morning, a department official said on Tuesday. Mr. Guevarra was under observation and would undergo routine tests, Justice Undersecretary Adrian Ferdinand S. Sugay said in a Viber message to reporters. "He is now okay." Later in the day, Mr. Guevarra told reporters in a Viber message that he "had breathing ...

PCOO PALACE Spokesman Herminio "Harry" L. Roque, Jr. on Tuesday slammed more than 150 lawyers for adding their voice to calls rejecting his nomination to a United Nations body responsible for codifying international laws. In a televised news briefing, Mr. Roque downplayed the new petition against his nomination to the International Law Commission (ILC), alleging that the lawyers' move was ...

REUTERS FACTORY OUTPUT rose for a sixth consecutive month in September in step with the recovering economy, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). According to the preliminary results of the PSA's Monthly Integrated Survey of Selected Industries report released Tuesday, the volume of production index (VoPI) rose 124% year on year in September. It was weaker than the revised ...

THE SENATE raised the allocation for health insurance and public hospitals in its version of the 2022 budget bill, known as the National Expenditure Program, citing the need to support the recovery from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. According to the committee report on the Senate's budget bill, the Department of Health (DoH), the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), ...

THE DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced the appointment of a new chief implementer for the Build, Build, Build program, saying that there is sufficient time to stimulate the economy with accelerated infrastructure programs, even as the administration's time in office winds down. Public Works and Highways Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain was tasked by President Rodrigo R. Duterte ...

PHILSTAR THE RENEWAL of the Philippines' participation in the US Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) is expected by next year, the Department of Trade and Industry said. Ceferino S. Rodolfo, Trade undersecretary and Board of Investments managing head, said in a recent virtual briefing that the GSP is 'likely" to be renewed. "Most likely, the GSP will be renewed. However, ...

PHILSTAR LEGISLATORS from the Makabayan bloc called for the passage of a bill that would set a uniform P750 national minimum wage for the private sector, which will also make the President responsible for wage setting. It said House Bill 246, or the proposed National Minimum Wage Act, will help workers deal with rising prices, particularly fuel. "Now more than ...

PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS THE PHILIPPINES pressed home its core message to the climate change conference in Scotland, the developing countries require assistance from the rich world, with the Energy department focusing on the need for technical cooperation via the United Nations (UN). Energy Undersecretary Felix William B. Fuentebella said at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow ...