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  • Villar SIPAG honors 22 coops for poverty reduction accomplishments

    December 15, 2018 11:10 AM 7

    TWENTYTWO outstanding multi-purpose cooperatives were recognized this year by the Villar SIPAG Foundation for their significant contributions in poverty reduction and economic growth in their communities. The annual Villar SIPAG Awards on Poverty Reduction, an initiative of the Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance) Foundation

  • PRIB: Filipino senior war veterans to receive 300% increase in old-age pension starting next year

    December 13, 2018 2:22 AM 4

    The 300 percent increase in the monthly old-age pension of Filipino senior war veterans has been transmitted to Malacanang last Nov. 26 and is now just awaiting President Duterte's signature. In all likelihood, it will be implemented early next year, providing the more than 6,000 Filipino World War II, Korean and Vietnamese war veterans a total of P20,000 monthly

  • Poe welcomes early Christmas break for students

    December 12, 2018 3:14 AM 3

    Sen. Grace Poe has welcomed the Department of Education's (DepEd) move to implement an early holiday break for students on December 15 from the original December 22. It was Poe, during the deliberations of the 2017 national budget, who suggested an earlier Christmas break to help decongest the capital's main thoroughfares. "Hindi lang ito makakatulong

  • Lacson: filipinos p71,000 in debt as they face the year of the earth pig

    December 10, 2018 3:24 AM 7

    The coming year may be a happy one only for those who continue to benefit from the pork barrel system - and a burdensome one for the rest of the Filipinos. Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said every Filipino, even those born just now, is already saddled with a whopping P71,000 debt, no thanks largely to the corrupt pork barrel system. "2019: Year of the Earth

  • Villar Family Celebrates Christmas with Baseco and Iruhin Kids in Tagaytay

    December 10, 2018 2:13 AM 7

    The Villar family led by Senate President Manny and Senator Cynthia Villar celebrated their annual Christmas gift-giving get-together with some 150 kids from barangay Baseco in Tondo and barangay Iruhin in Tagaytay at the Christmas Village in Crosswinds, Tagaytay. Joined by Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar and wife Justice

  • Villar sponsors DA's proposed P122 billion budget

    December 8, 2018 6:59 AM 8

    Sen. Cynthia Villar today sponsored in the Senate the proposed P122 billion proposed budget of the Department of Agriculture for 2019. Villar, chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, said DA's budget is 3.34 percent of the proposed national budget amounting to PhP3.757 trillion. "We are hopeful, Mr. President, that the proposed 2019 budget of DA will realize

  • Lacson: Declining 'Pork' is the Answer to 'Misplaced Generosity'

    December 7, 2018 2:16 AM 8

    If the "pork" in Pampanga and Camarines Sur worth some P4.3 billion stemmed from a "misplaced gesture of generosity," the beneficiaries can show good faith by declining such amounts, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said. Lacson issued the advice after House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. said the allocations were a show of "misplaced generosity" to public

  • Lacson Seeks Restoration of P4.8B in TESDA's 2019 Budget

    December 7, 2018 1:19 AM 8

    Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson on Thursday sought the restoration of some P4.8 billion to the budget of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), so it can fulfill its functions for the coming year. Lacson said that while TESDA's budget was slashed from P14.676 billion to P9.815 billion supposedly due to its low obligation rate, this was not its fault

  • Villar: Without RICE Fund, farmers will lose after QR on rice imports expires

    December 6, 2018 6:41 AM 8

    Sen. Cynthia Villar today stressed that the package of support for farmers included in the rice tariffication bill is government's response to the expiration last June 30, 2017 of the quantitative restriction (QR) on rice importation under the agreement with the World Treaty Organization (WTO). Villar, chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, said Senate

  • Duterte wants to instill fear among us

    December 6, 2018 1:57 AM 10

    In response to the incessant attacks against human rights defenders like Caloocan Bishop Pablo David, Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has underscored the need for the public to continue fighting for the defenseless and not be defeated by fear. De Lima, a known human rights defender, reminded that Mr. Duterte wants to instill fear among the citizenry