An Act Providing For the Modernization, Standardization and Regulation of the Procurement Activities of the Government and For Other Purposes RA 9184, better known as the Government Procurement Reform Act (GPRA), was signed into law on July 22, 2002. GPRA was enacted primarily to eliminate all forms of corrupt practices in the government procurement system and likewise seek efficient utilization of the government’s resources.

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In light of promoting sports and physical education as an essential factor in the formation of a healthy and functioning society, Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla filed HB 2302 or an act establishing a Philippine High School for Sports (PHSS).

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According to the MMDA, there are currently about 3.6 million registered vehicles in Metro Manila alone sharing a total of 3,090 kilometers of national, city, municipal, and barangay roads. This means that each vehicle only has 0.86 meter of road allocated for its mobility. No wonder the metropolis experiences daily traffic jams. Not to mention the smog and other air pollutants produced by motor vehicles in the country. In addition to this is the cost of imported fossil fuels the country has to earmark amounting to one billion pesos a day just to run a motor vehicle-dependent population.

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We are one with the Filipino people, who have chosen us as their representatives, in expressing our outrage over the scandalous revelations in the Napoles investigation and the COA special audit. There can be no excuses for this kind of abuse, and the appropriate steps must be taken to make accountable those involved and to ensure that this travesty will not be repeated.

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In a country where a culture of fear and impunity reigns, especially during the election season, private armies are the norm. Constitutionally prohibited, private armies and other groups not recognized by any duly constituted authority ought to be dismantled. However, no legislation has yet been enacted to penalize private armies and other armed groups. Enter House Bill No. 22 introduced by MAGDALO Party List Represerntatives Francisco Acedillo and Gary Alejano in the 16th Congress which aims to dismantle and penalize such armed entities.

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