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Proposed P16K minimum wage for gov’t employees pushed in Congress

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

The House Bill No. 7196 seeks the increase of the monthly minimum wage of gov’t employees and nurses to P16,000.

MANILA, Philippines — The Makabayan bloc has filed a bill in Congress that seeks to increase the salaries of government employees and nurses.

The House Bill No. 7196 seeks the increase of the monthly minimum wage of said workers to P16,000.

The Makabayan bloc explained that Congress should prioritize their proposal after it doubled the salaries of soldiers and policemen.

The left-leaning lawmakers argued that raising the minimum wage is reasonable due to the increase in the prices of commodities and services as a result of the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte’s E.O. on importation, a threat to local farmers — Makabayan bloc solons

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 13th, 2018


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Members of Makabayan bloc

MANILA, Philippines — Members of the House Makabayan bloc have expressed their concerns about the possible impact of the executive order, that seeks to simplify the process of food importation, on local farmers.

Malacañang reported Wednesday, September 12, that the government’s economic managers are planning to submit a draft executive order to President Rodrigo Duterte to tame the country’s surging inflation.

The economic managers are proposing to streamline the importation process by removing or reducing the tariffs being imposed on imported essential food items including sugar, meat, rice, and vegetables.

But according to Gabriela party-list Representative Arlene Brosas, this move might threaten the livelihood of local farmers and traders.

“Kapag bumaha ng mga produkto na ito sa ating merkado, ang mabibili ay produkto ng iba.  Kaya po ito ay pagtatanggal sa kakayanan ng mga producers natin dito sa bansa na makinabang doon sa matagal nang dapat na pakinabangan” said Ilagan.

ACT Teachers party-list Representative France Castro also argued that the measure might result in possible price increases given the high peso-dollar exchange rate.

“Nakita natin ang sitwasyon ngayon, P54 a dollar. So kung ito na ang magiging direksyon ng gobyerno dahil nakatali na sa importasyon ang dolyar,  mas mahal na maipapasasa sa mga consumers,” said Castro.

Instead of simplifying the food importation process, the Makabayan lawmakers are suggesting that the President should declare a price control in accordance with the Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act.

“Malinaw naman po doon na kapag mayroong unreasonable spike sa price ng basic commodities and services, maari pong yung batayan para magisyu ang pangulo ng price ceiling o price control na hindi na po nangangailangang magkaroon ng declaration ng state of emergency,” said Anak-Pawis Representative Ariel Casilao.

President Duterte has earlier assured that his economic managers are now working to curb the inflation.

As reported by Malacañang, these proposals include streamlining the process of rice importation of the National Food Authority and the immediate release of essential food products in ports. — UNTV News & Rescue


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Makabayan bloc joins LP solons in a battle for House minority

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, July 30th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Members of the House of Representatives attend the opening session of the 17th Congress to cast votes for their new leaders. Kenji Hasegawa/Photoville International)

FILE PHOTO: Members of the House of Representatives attend the opening session of the 17th Congress to cast votes for their new leaders. Kenji Hasegawa/Photoville International)


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Three groups emerged as contenders in the ongoing “minority squabble” in the House of Representatives following the sudden change in the House leadership.

Liberal Party (LP) lawmakers and members of the independent minority and the Makabayan bloc joined forces to form what they call as the “duly constituted” minority group, composed of 22 members.

The chosen head of the group, Marikina City Representative Miro Quimbo, informed Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in a letter today (July 30) that they already formed the “official” minority of the House.

Based on House rules, lawmakers who did not vote for the elected House Speaker shall become a member of the minority.

Another group led by Camarines Sur Representative Rolando Andaya also claims to have sent a letter to the Office of the Speaker seeking the official recognition as House minority.

Meanwhile, Quezon Representative Danilo Suarez remains as House Minority Leader despite being among the front-runners of Arroyo’s speakership.

AKO Bicol Rep Rodel Batocabe suggested that the House decides through plenary voting since there are three groups vying for the minority bloc.

“Ideklara ng minority na vacant ang kanilang leadership then mag-select sila, mag elect sila ng kanilang minority leader,” said Batocabe.

Currently, LP has 22 congressmen, Suarez has 18, and ousted Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has 25. – Grace Casin / Marje Pelayo

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VP Robredo supports bid to suspend, revisit TRAIN Law

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Vice President Leni Robredo

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo supports the bid of some lawmakers to suspend the imposition of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.

In a media interview, she reiterated that the law should be reviewed following its negative effects, especially to the poor Filipinos.

Robredo claims the authorities did not anticipate the increase in market prices upon drafting its provisions as she hits the failure in distributing the subsidy for 10 million poor families which are supposed to serve as the safety net of the TRAIN law.

“Until now July na 2.2M palang ang nabibigyan pero ang effects ng TRAIN ramdam na mula ng pumasok ang 2018,” Robredo said.

The vice president also questioned the need to amend the current Philippine Constitution and to shift into the federal government.

She insisted that there are more pressing issues that the government should focus on.

“Bakit ang pinagtutuunan natin ng pansin ay iyong Charter Change na hindi naman siya ang sagot sa pagtaas ng presyo. Hindi naman siya ang sagot sa kahirapan,” said the vice president.

Robredo, meanwhile, confirmed that she will attend President Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address (SONA) to know about his plans for his remaining years in office. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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