OVP set to deliver more with less

The Office of the Vice-President is asking the Congress for a smaller budget for 2017 while eyeing improved housing services, to be facilitated through better partnerships and improved institutional structures.

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Proposed 2017 National Budget to redistribute wealth among Filipinos

In a Senate briefing by the Development Budget Coordination Committee on the proposed 2017 National Budget, Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said that the P3.35-trillion national budget was designed to redistribute “wealth” by investing heavily in human capital and accelerating spending on infrastructure, especially outside Metro Manila.

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House panel approves P2,000 pension increase

The committee on government enterprises and privatization approved a measure granting an increase of P2,000 in the Social Security System (SSS) monthly pension of the elderly.

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Efforts to establish DHUD gains support

Several senate bills on the establishment of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (DHUD) were reviewed during a Senate hearing of the Committee on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement. The joint hearing was attended by representatives from key shelter agencies and social security institutions.

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Senate eyes amendments to Anti-Wiretapping Law

Amendments to the present anti-wiretapping law were proposed in a Senate hearing on illegal drugs. According to Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs Chairman Senator Panfilo Lacson, the coverage of the law should be extended to include illegal drugs, plunder and other crimes and must take into consideration the modernization of technology.

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Senate optimistic to pass Anti-Discrimination Bill

Senator Risa Hontiveros, Chairman of the Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality is confident that the Anti-Discrimination Bill will become law in the 17th Congress.

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