House panel approves bill raising excise taxes on alcohol

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 13, 2019   •   696

The House Committee on Ways and Means approved on Tuesday (Aug 13) the proposed House Bill No. 1026 which aims to raise excise taxes on alcohol.

The committee used House Rule 10 section 48 of the chamber which states, “in case of bills or resolutions that are identified as priority measures of the House, which were previously filed in the immediately preceding Congress and have already been approved on 3rd reading, the same may be disposed of as matters already reported upon the approval of majority of the Members of the committee present, there being a quorum.”

According to Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda, who filed the said bill, the collected taxes will be used to fund the Universal Health Care Program of the government.

He also raised concerns about the health risk of drinking alcohol.

“[This is] to prevent first time drinking [because] deaths caused by alcohol is four times higher than deaths caused by tobacco from aged 20-30,” he said.

There are 43 congressmen who voted in favor of House Bill No. 1026. The bill proposes an increase that ranges from 14-22 percent excise taxes on alcohol depending on the kind of liquor.

The committee assured to give congressmen the opportunity to review the said bill during the deliberation in the plenary.—AAC (with reports from Grace Casin)

FDA, nagpaalala sa tamang pag-iimbak ng alcohol at sanitizer upang makaiwas sa sunog

Robie de Guzman   •   October 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagpaalala ang Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sa publiko hinggil sa wastong pag-iimbak ng rubbing alcohol, sanitizer at iba pang uri ng disinfectant dahil posible umano itong pagmulan ng sunog.

Ayon kay FDA director general Eric Domingo, flammable o madaling masunog ang mga ganitong uri ng materyal dahil sa taglay nitong mataas na antas ng alcohol at iba pang kemikal.

Maliban sa rubbing alcohol at sanitizer, kabilang din sa flammable products na kalimitang nakikita sa bahay ay ang aerosols katulad ng hairspray at anti-perspirant sprays, fabric softener, nail polish remover, cooking oil, at harina.

Ginawa ni Domingo ang paalala sa gitna ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic kung kailan marami ang gumagamit ng alcohol at iba pang disinfectant upang makaiwas sa COVID-19.

Ayon sa FDA chief, dapat ilagay sa maayos na lugar ang mga bote ng disinfectants at malayo sa apoy o sa mga bagay na may matataas o maiinit na temperatura.

“Gusto natin sa temperature na mababa, hindi pwede sa mainit, wala sa direct na araw. At syempre gusto natin sa mga lugar na maaliwalas, hindi sa mga confined,” ang wika ni Domingo.

“Kapag ganito, may posibility na pwede siyang ma-ignite o masindihan at hindi lang masunog, maaring sumabog,” dagdag pa niya.

Dapat rin aniya ay may maayos na label ang mga produkto at may sapat na babala at impormasyon para sa mga gagamit nito.

“Meron tayong mga labelling requirements na nakalagay. And in fact, pag alcohol, nakalagay diyan may warning na probable o maaaring masunog at of course maaaring sumabog ang ganitong produkto,” ang wika ni Domingo.

Paalala rin ng opisyal sa publiko na sundin ang mga direksyon sa pakete hinggil sa paggamit at pag-iimbak nito upang makaiwas sa aksidente. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)

House panel approves resolution for TV networks to air 3-hour educational programs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 19, 2020

The House Committee on Sustainable Development Goals has approved House Resolution 856 that seeks to encourage private and public television stations to air three hours of educational programs.

Alliance of Organizations, Networks and Associations (ALONA) Partylist Rep. Anna Marie Villaraza-Suarez, committee chairman, said they want to support students who have limited access to the internet and other gadgets.

According to Department of Education (DepEd) Usec. for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio, this will greatly help the department’s implementation of distance learning.

“Dahil diyan sa resolusyon na iyan ay mag-ooffer sa atin ang mga TV stations ng kahit 30 minuto kada araw na hindi na kailangang…kumbaga, bayaran ng DepEd, ay malaking tulong iyan (Because of the resolution, TV stations will offer at least 30 minutes every day which DepEd need not pay. It would help a lot),” he said.

DepEd’s regional offices are currently coordinating with local TV stations in airing educational shows. Meanwhile the National Telecommunications Commissions (NTC) recently released Memorandum Order 10-06-2020 which requires TV stations to allot 30 hours per month for the government to provide the needed educational services. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento).

House panel to probe rising cases of online sexual exploitation of children

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 10, 2020

The House Committee on the Welfare of Children will begin investigation on the rising cases of online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) during the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID) pandemic.

Panel Chairperson and Tingog Party-list Rep. Yedda Marie K. Romualdez on Monday (August 10) said the investigation aims to identify and address the gaps in the speedy prosecution of OSEC cases.

This also includes ensuring full accountability and compliance of internet service providers, social media, and other online platforms.

“There is an urgent need for the House of Representatives to exercise its oversight mandate to investigate the rising incidence of OSEC in the country, look into the quality of policy implementation, and review existing and related laws to keep up with the complexity of OSEC and the increasing levels of digital technology,” she said.

The lawmaker also reported that as of May 25, the Office of Cybercrime under the Department of Justice received 279,166 cyber tips from March to May 2020. This is higher compared to 76,561 cyber tips over the same period in 2019 which translates to an increase of 264.63%.

Children may experience sexual exploitation from their own parents who would peddle them to online sexual predators. Other forms of abuse also include online sexual grooming and the creation, production, and distribution of child sexual abuse and exploitation materials by pedophiles and predators, Romualdez cited.

“The greater shame is on us! For our failure to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, for allowing poverty to be a convenient excuse for our inaction to counter the continuing spread of OSEC, and for not being able to raise awareness among parents and the need to educate children on the risks of online sexual exploitation,” she stressed. AAC (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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