One of the earlier bills filed in the 16th Congress is the Magna Carta for Internet Freedom or MCIF, filed by strong women advocates in the House of Representatives by Rep. Kim Cojuangco (NPC-1st Dist, Pangasinan) and firebrand Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago in the Senate.

From People’s FOI now comes a Full Disclosure measure filed by Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo at the start of the gate of the 16th Congress.  House Bill No. 21 obliges all government agencies—the executive, legislative, and judicial branches— and their instrumentalities to conspicuously disclose their budget and financial transactions instead of merely issuing a statement of income and expenses, as prescribed by related provisions.

Sen. Grace Poe filed her first bill in the Senate last 1 July, the start of the 16th Congress.  Calling for free lunch for Filipino children in public schools program, Poe stated that her bill is anchored against hunger and malnutrition, the greatest threats to public health.

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.

In what many see as the last attempt of the Liberal Party to amend the 1987 Constitution, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. (LP) fired the first salvo for charter change today with Joint Resolution No. 1, proposing amendments to certain economic provisions of the Constitution, particularly Articles II, XII and XVI.

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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