1st of July marked the first day of 16th Congress and a historic move has been made by various citizens and organizations with the filing of the People’s FOI Bill pursuant to Republic Act No. 6735 or The Initiative and Referendum Act enacted by the 8th Congress and signed to law last 4 August 1989.

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In a privilege speech, Rep. Ma. Victoria Sy-Alvarado (1st District, Bulacan) said some "greedy" quarters from the mining sector have brought about environmental degradation in the province, affecting the living conditions of the indigenous people inhabiting the ancestral lands where the mining sites are located.

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Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. today underlined the crucial role of sustained exchanges and cooperation between and among government institutions, the academe and the private sector in the molding of leaders and educators whose capabilities should be tempered with integrity to promote good governance.

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