The fifth State of the Nation Address is fast approaching and the Aquino Administration is expected to lay out the accomplishments it has achieved since its inauguration. This infograph is an overview of how the Administration is at par with its claimed platform for Good Governance, Education, Infrastructure, Peace and National Defense, Health, Tourism, Climate Change, Economic Development and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
Republic Act No. 10642. An act strengthening consumer protection in the purchase of brand new motor vehicles
A study by ASEAN DNA pointed out that the Philippines’ average Internet speed at 3.6 Mbps is four times slower than the ASEAN as a whole (12 Mbps) and more than five times slower than the rest of the world (17.5 Mbps). Philippine Internet lags behind that of its neighbors, Laos (4.0 Mbps), Indonesia (4.1 Mbps), Myanmar and Brunei (both at 4.9 Mbps).
"Free Metro Manila WiFi Act of 2014" was filed by Senator Ralph Recto on May 19, 2014 to emphasize the importance of connection and information in a globalized era. The measure cites the significance of connectivity in a dynamic society as it is imperative to nation-building.
The House of Representatives identified 14 priority bills to be approved before the chamber adjourns sine die on June 13, 2014. Among the measures were two Health bills: 1) providing for mandatory PhilHealth coverage for all senior citizens and 2) picture-based health warning (PHW).
Universal health coverage remains high in the legislative agenda as both chambers of Congress have been active in filing bills seeking to expand healthcare services of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth). PhilHealth coverage is among the 14 priority measures of the Senate and House of Representatives before the first regular session ends this June.
Republic Act 6891 or the Witness Protection, Security and Benefits Act allows an individual involved in committing a crime to become a state witness under the following conditions (Section 10):
Mindanao representatives, Rufus and Maximo Rodriguez, pushed for HB 1213, a similar measure filed in the previous Congress prescribing a harsher penalty for foreign drug traffickers. This measure seeks to amend R.A. 9165 or the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002” by adopting the higher prescribed penalty, including death, of the national law of a foreign drug trafficker, to diminish its prevalence thereby limiting the establishment of foreign drug cartels in the Philippines.