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HOR approves committee report on proposed BBL

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

House of Representatives of the Philippines


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The House Committee on Local Government, Muslim Affairs and Peace, Reconciliation and Unity approved today, May 15, the version of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.

The said version is also aligned with the version of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC).

The bill was first passed at the committee level on April 17 without further amendments.

Meanwhile, some members of the Committee raised their opposition to what they claim as questionable provisions of the bill.

“The Bangsamoro police director shall not countermaned the order of the chief minister. This provision distorts the command authority of Camp Crame over the Bangsamoro Police,” said Lanao Del Norte Representative Khalid Mohamad Dimaporo.

The Committee report will be submitted to the plenary for debate and amendments. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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Bill to set daily minimum wage to P600 filed in Congress

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Two party-list congressmen want an increase in minimum wage of all private sector workers from the current P512 to P600 a day.

Kabayan Party-list Representatives Ron Salo and Ciriaco Calalang filed on April 26 the House Bill No. 7527 that seeks to impose a fixed national daily minimum wage of P600.

The measure would no longer give the regional tripartite wages and productivity boards the right to impose varying regional wage rates.

 The bill also seeks to establish a uniform wage of P600 for both agricultural and non-agricultural workers across the country.  – UNTV News and Rescue

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House panel approves BTC version of BBL

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: House of Representatives at a joint committee hearing before the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) was approved

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives at a joint committee level has approved the Malacañang-endorsed version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

In an executive session, House Bill 6475 principally filed by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, was approved by the House committees on local government and Muslim affairs and the special committee on peace, reconciliation and unity.

This is the same version of the BBL that the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) submitted to Congress.

Two of the three House panels voted in favor of the bill’s passage. The House Committee on Muslim Affairs voted 5-3; the Committee on Peace and Reconciliation voted 6-4; while the Committee on Local Government voted 1-9.

The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law seeks to abolish the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in order to establish a new political entity called Bangsamoro Autonomous Region and provide for its basic structure of government.

The joint committees will meet again at the resumption of session on May 15 to approve the committee report. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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ConCom wants PH partylist system reformed

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 16th, 2018

Party-list representation in the House of Representatives of the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — Instead of abolition, the Consultative Committee (ConCom) wants reforms in the present party-list system in the country.

One of the committee’s suggestions is to double the number of party-list representatives in Congress from the current 20% to 40% in the proposed federal constitution.

These will be in addition to the existing national and regional political parties.

However, the number of sectors to be represented will be trimmed down to five. These include the labor or workers sector, the farmers’ sector, the fishermen, the indigenous people sector and the urban poor.

According to retired Justice Antonio Eduardo Nachura, the proposed system will be patterned after the so-called “proportional representation system” being implemented in developed countries.

Under the new system, the political party will be the one to choose its own representative in Congress.

“Hindi na kamukha ngayon na ang kandidato ibinoboto pa nationwide (unlike in the current set up where candidates are voted nationwide), Nachura said.

Nachura explained that since the chosen representative belongs to the proportional representation list, he or she would be automatically removed as a member of the House of Representatives if he or she switched to a different political group.

The proposal aims to strengthen the existing political parties in the country.

The Committee is expected to vote on the final provision of the said proposal in the coming days. — Marje Navarro Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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