• CHILDREN IN NEED OF SPECIAL PROTECTION BIRTH REGISTRATION ACT OF 2017

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    An Act further strengthening the system of birth registration of children in need of special protection (CNSP) in the Philippines  
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  • GOVERNMENT DOCTORS’ SALARY UPGRADING ACT OF 2017

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    An Act upgrading the minimum salary grade of government doctors from salary grade 16 to 24
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  • TELECOMMUTING ACT OF 2017

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    An Act institutionalizing telecommuting in the workplace and for other purposes
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  • BANGKO SA BARYO ACT OF 2017

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    An Act enabling banks to expand service delivery channels through cash agents and providing guidelines therefor
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  • AFFORDABLE HIGHER EDUCATION FOR ALL ACT

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    An Act accelerating universal access to tertiary education by providing tuition subsidy and financial assistance to students enrolled in state universities and colleges
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  • REDUCING THE CORPORATE INCOME TAX RATE ACT

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    An Act reducing the corporate income tax rate, amending section 27 and 28 of the national internal revenue code of 1997, as amended, and for other purposes
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  • DAIRY DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2017

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    An Act merging the Philippine carabao center and the national dairy authority into the Philippine national dairy development agency
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  • PHILIPPINE NATIVE ANIMAL DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2017

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    An Act promoting the scientific propagation, processing, utilization and development of Philippine native animals, hereby creating the Philippine native animal development center
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  • Constitutional Convention Act 2016

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    An act constituting a constitutional convention to amend the 1987 Philippine constitution, defining qualifications for its delegates who shall be elected simultaneously with the barangay or national elections.
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  • Sustainable Bicol River

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    ”Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
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    EXPLANATORY NOTE Sustainability is the key to lasting alleviation from poverty and national development. Natural resources provide the basic necessities for human existence, as well as the inputs for economic development. Therefore, it is to our best interest to develop and use these resources while maintaining their physical integrity and capacity to regenerate the economic and ecologic values that are withdrawn for human consumption. The Bicol River is the eighth largest river in the country, with a total catchment area of 3,770 square kilometers. It encompasses the provinces of Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Albay, as well as thirty-three (33) municipalities and three (3) cities. The river spans ninety-four (94) kilometers beginning at Lake Bato and flowing downstream to San Miguel Bay. The Bicol River System is composed of multiple tributaries and three major lakes. However, its area of influence is much larger, stretching about 10,058 square kilometers. The river basin is a vast wetland ecosystem that is responsible for the main water supply Read the rest
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  • Bike Lanes Act

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    An Act to establish and integrate bicycle lanes in the Philippine Transportation system.
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    EXPLANATORY NOTE Mobility is rapidly increasing yet our transportation systems have almost remained the same. It is crucial for the government to work out ways to improve, control and plan transportation in order to improve the people’s welfare. Indeed, our nation’s very roads provide a visual representation of our worsening and intertwined problems such as climate change, air pollution, rising costs of gasoline and other commodities, health problems, and other related social issues. These are most evident when congestion happens during rush hours and heavy rains. This bill seeks to introduce a rather simple approach to our road problems: the promotion of bicycle friendly communities. The increasing use of motorized transport not only leads to road congestion but also to a corresponding increased demand for parking facilities. On the other hand, cycling is far more economical both in terms of direct user costs and public infrastructure costs. Promotion of bicycle use ultimately translates to significantly reduced carbon emissions of the country because the only energy cycling requires is provided directly by the traveler, and Read the rest
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  • Barangay and SK Elections Postponement

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    An Act postponing the barangay and sangguniang kabataan elections to the last Monday of February 2017.
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    EXPLANATORY NOTE The Filipino electorate had just elected national and local officials in the country last May 9, 2016. The synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections are already scheduled to happen after barely five (5) months from the said political exercise pursuant to Republic Act No. 9164. The said law does not give a lot of breathing space to all those who are directly involved in the elections from the COMELEC officials and employees, teachers, members of civic and religious organizations, public officials, and the electorate themselves by holding the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in the same year as the local and national elections. More importantly, the COMELEC must be given ample time to address the several issues raised by stakeholders about the system used in the recently concluded elections. The Barangay, the most fundamental unit of the political system of the Philippines, plays a central role in the formulation, evaluation, and implementation of government policies. It is an effective way of reaching the grassroots and catering to the immediate Read the rest
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  • E – Government

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    An Act establishing the E- Government, defining its powers and functions, appropriating funds therefor, and for other purposes.
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    EXPLANATORY NOTE The government’s commitment to using Information Technology has come a long way from the creation of the National Computer Center in 1971 to the drafting of the E-Government Master Plan in support of the Philippine Digital Strategy during the previous administration. The government ought to fully utilize the newly created Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to integrate Information and Communications Technology development in its departments instead of having agency-specific applications. This bill aims to pave the way for the establishment of effective E-Government plans that create more valuable and meaningful services through interoperability and maximization of resources, which are part of the powers and functions of the DICT. More efficient government services through the E-Government seek to minimize corruption by minimizing the human intervention component in government transactions. The issue of interoperability and harmonization is not solely a technical problem, but also includes many organizational concerns that need to be overcome. This bill is designed to strengthen ICT use in the government in order to Read the rest
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  • Start UP Pilipinas Act

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    “An Act developing, supporting and providing various incentives to innovative start-up entrepreneurs and its investors.”
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    EXPLANATORY NOTE The private sector is a critical driver of economic growth. It generates employment and provides essential goods and services. The start-up industry, for one, is instigating a string of positive effects on the economy at large — encouraging investment, bringing innovation, creating jobs, and building a more vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. The government plays a crucial role in creating a healthy environment for startups. As enshrined in the Constitution, the State recognizes the indispensable role of the private sector, encourages private enterprise, and provides incentives to needed investments. A thriving start-up ecosystem requires a close collaboration between the public and private sectors. By 2020, the roadmap targets to achieve at least 500 Philippine startups. The continued growth of startups in the country benefits Filipinos who have innate talent for shaping contemporary ideas. This re-filed version of the start-up bill takes inspiration from the Senate bill filed by Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” A. Aquino IV on 30 June 2016. Taking the vision for Philippine start-up further, it proposes online application and processing Read the rest
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  • Responsible Right to Information

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    The right of the people to information on matters of public concern shall be recognized.
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    EXPLANATORY NOTE No less than the 1987 Constitution has recognized every Filipino's right to information. Article III, Section 7 of the Constitution states: The right of the people to information on matters of public concern shall be recognized. Access to official records, and to documents and papers pertaining to official acts, transactions, or decisions, as well as to government research data used as basis for policy development, shall be afforded the citizen, subject to such limitations as may be provided by law The People's Responsible Right to Information Bill is one such major step in actualizing this constitutional provision to enable citizens to access information in areas of public concern. Indeed, the free and open exchange of information in a democracy is necessary to enhance the transparency and accountability in government official acts, transactions, and decisions. The Supreme Court in a series of its decisions has consistently upheld the right to information by every citizen. Speaking in the landmark case of Valmonte vs. Belmonte, the Court held that "Open dialogue can be Read the rest
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  • Anti Discrimination Act of 2016

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    An Act prohibiting discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, race, religion or belief, sex or gender or sexual orientation, language, disability, educational attainment and other forms of discrimination
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    EXPLANATORY NOTE The fundamental human rights are well-enshrined in the 1987 Philippine Constitution. The State values the dignity of every human person and guarantees full respect for human rights. 1 Oppression, maltreatment, and discrimination have no place in a civilized nation. More often than not, the hapless victims are left with an almost indelible scar and emotional trauma on their consciousness as a human being. The framers of the Constitution put in place provisions that would safeguard the citizen’s rights and liberties. Every citizen has now a bundle of rights which must be upheld and respected by all and no less than the supreme law of the land demand of this treatment. As a matter of policy, the State should always apply the law equally to all persons. The equal protection clause 2 , according to an eminent constitutionalist, is the specific constitutional guarantee of the equality of the person. 3 This clause requires that laws operate equally and Read the rest
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  • Establishment of a Women’s and Children’s Hospital in the City of Naga

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    An Act providing for the establishment of a women’s and children’s hospital in the municipality of Pamplona in the Province of Camarines Sur, to be known as the Bicol women’s and children’s hospital.
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    EXPLANATORY NOTE The reason for this is that the provincial hospital then located in the Municipality of Naga which later on became a city, was converted into a regional hospital and then into the Bicol Medical Center (BMC). But the Bicol Medical Center (BMC) as it stands today for the various services it has to offer, has only three hundred (300) bed capacity in its main buildings in Naga City which are earmarked among others for Internal Medicine, Obstetrics (OB), Gynecology (Gyne), Pediatrics, Surgery, Orthopedics, Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat (EENT), Dialysis Unit, Physical Therapy Services and Diagnostic Laboratory Facilities. The Bicol Medical Center itself needs expansion in terms of bed capacity, equipment and professional personnel. It should be highlighted that one of the biggest gaps in the province of Camarines Sur in terms of health care is the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics needs of the province of Camarines Sur with thirty-five (35) municipalities Read the rest
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  • Digital Technology in the Public Education System

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    An Act Institutionalizing the use of Digital Technology in the public education system.
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    EXPLANATORY NOTE Much has been accomplished to incorporate digital technology into public schools throughout the Philippines. From providing personal computers in order to promote and support computer literacy, the State is henceforth progressing towards the use of Information and Communications Technology and its various components in order to upgrade and modernize the educational system, to enhance the quality of education and to achieve equity in the acquisition of skills among all students. There is therefore a need to address the varying number, age, accessibility to and use of computers and other technology in different districts and schools. Much remains to be done including a systematic upgrading and replacing of outdated digital technology, providing the professional development needed to enable educators to use such digital technology more effectively in the classroom and providing the technical and informational support to maintain and enhance the prevailing systems. Laying down the foundation for the effective institutionalization of the use of digital technology in public education has never been more important and necessary. For example, efficient resource mobilization and Read the rest
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  • Free Irrigation Reform and Restructuring Act 2016

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    An act creating a streamlined national irrigation development program, abolishing the irrigation service fees, renaming the national irrigation administration to the national irrigation development administration.
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    EXPLANATORY NOTE In a report on the state of Philippine agriculture, the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture said that the programs of the department for this new administration will focus on (1) staple food commodities to ensure food security and (2) high value crops to generate jobs and foreign earnings. To quote the report, "to achieve food sufficiency and maximum productivity in the country, the Department of Agriculture under President Rody Duterte must undertake the implementation of the basic foundations of a sound agriculture and fisheries program." At the core of this national program is the Rice Productivity Enhancement (RIPE) program which calls for a thorough review of the country’s water management and irrigation policies, among others. There is thus a need to revisit the irrigation component in our agricultural sector. The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) was created by law in 1963 principally to address the needs of the irrigation age and to investigate and study all available and possible water Read the rest
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  • Constitutional Convention Act of 2016

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    An Act to promote the production of aromatic rice and fancy rice varieties and to authorize the exportation thereof.
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    EXPLANATORY NOTE Article XVII of the Philippine Constitution provides: Section 1. Any amendment to, or revision of, this Constitution may be proposed by: (1) The Congress, upon a vote of three-fourths of all its members; or (2) a constitutional convention Section 2. Amendments to this Constitution may likewise be directly proposed by the people through initiative upon a petition of at least twelve per centum of the total number of registered voters, of which every legislative district must be represented by at least three per centum of the registered voters therein. No amendment under this section shall be authorized within five years following the ratification of this Constitution nor oftener than once every five years thereafter. The Congress shall provide for the implementation of the exercise of this right. Section 3. The Congress may, by a vote of two-thirds of all its members, call a constitutional convention, or by a majority vote of all its Members, submit to the electorate the question of calling such a convention. The Read the rest
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  • Drug Rehabilitation Center in the Municipality of Pili

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    This bill seeks to establish a drug rehabilitation center in the Municipality of Libmanan, in the Province of Camarines Sur.
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    EXPLANATORY NOTE The problem of drug addiction has already become prevalent not only in Metro Manila but also in provinces and other highly-urbanized areas of the country. Moreover,the incidence of crime, particularly drug-related crimes, is increasing all over the country. Citizens are continuously being victimized by these dangerous substances, either as users or victims of crimes committed by users. It is the duty of the State to provide rehabilitation for those hooked on these dangerous substances. The drug victims are in dire need of immediate rehabilitative assistance. Their welfare is often overlooked because most of our efforts are focused on nabbing the pushers and perpetrators. The establishment of the Camarines Sur Drug Rehabilitation Center is imperative in order to address drug-related problems within the area of Camarines Sur. It is this facility that people involved in and affected by drug-related problems will be given the opportunity to reform and be brought back to society’s fold. Considering the merits of this Bill, its early approval is earnestly requested. Read the rest
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  • Specialized National School for the Physically Handicapped

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    An act establishing a specialized national school for the physically handicapped in the municipality of Libmanan, Province of Camarines Sur.
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    EXPLANATORY NOTE Throughout the Bicol Region there is a dearth of specialized educational institution exclusively serving the needs of the physically handicapped. While some attempts have been made by civic and religious organizations to set up some training facilities for the deaf, and the blind, such attempts have been at best ad hoc, irregular, and if continuing in isolated places, the facilities are inadequate. It is therefore the intention of this bill to provide permanent and adequate educational facilities to service the training and education required by the physically handicapped by providing for the establishment of a specialized institution for the physically handicapped in the Municipality of Libmanan, Province of Camarines Sur. This school can initially serve as the institution under whose auspices the physically handicapped can go to. As a pilot project, our educators can learn from the experiences to be gained from the operation and conduct of this school which can later on be utilized as a model for starting other similar schools not only Read the rest
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  • Philippine Film and Television Tourism Act of 2016

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    An act establishing a framework for film and television tourism in the Philippines, providing tax incentives, marketing the industry globally and providing employment for the sector and for other purposes.
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    EXPLANATORY NOTE There is an observable growing phenomenon of increased tourist visits to destinations being featured on television, video or the cinema screen. In their research entitled “Promoting Destinations via Film Tourism: An Empirical Identification of Supporting Marketing Initiatives” published in May 2006 in the Journal of Travel Research, Simon Hudson and J.R. Brent Ritchie cited increased tourist arriva