Angara- Government will continue its support for indigent seniors in 2020

Posted on: Sat, 09/21/2019 - 07:41 By: admin

Government will sustain its “indigent senior pension program” with a P23.18 billion allocation next year that will grant 3.8 million senior citizens a P6,000 annual stipend each, Sen. Sonny Angara said. 


On top of this is a P3,600 annual assistance from the “Unconditional Cash Transfer” (UCT) fund, a three-year “safety net” program for “economically vulnerable families and individuals” which began last year.


Both will be administered by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, based on a national list and a set of criteria. 


Angara—Let’s address the perennial classroom backlog now

Posted on: Fri, 09/20/2019 - 12:18 By: admin

Instead of “playing catch up with backlogs” in school buildings, government should  “build forward”, by constructing in advance classrooms for future enrollees, Sen. Sonny Angara said today. 

“I think we should now implement a zero-backlog program. Let’s choose a year of when it will be achieved. And once that’s done, let’s stock up on new classrooms that will be ready in time for new enrollees to come in,” he said. 

Angara: DA has P1 billion in QRFs to augment its budget to tackle the African Swine Fever

Posted on: Wed, 09/18/2019 - 09:43 By: admin

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has P1 billion in Quick Response Funds (QRF) under this year’s Calamity Fund that it can tap to stop the spread of the African Swine Fever (ASF), Sen. Sonny Angara said today.

Angara, chairman of the Senate finance committee, said government should now “break the glass of this emergency fund” and use it to implement the DA’s containment protocol against a disease which threatens a key food source that also adds P280 billion to the economy annually. 

Angara seeks to streamline the process for constructing socialized housing units

Posted on: Fri, 09/13/2019 - 09:28 By: admin

The government housing agencies have done a lot to comply with the tenets of the ease of doing business but a lot more has to be done to address the backlog in the construction of settlements for the informal sector.

Building a house is a slog through 27 offices, 78 permits, 156 signatures, 373 documents that could last for months, Sen. Sonny Angara said in citing the red tape that is slowing down housing production in the country.


Posted on: Wed, 09/11/2019 - 11:02 By: admin

Reelectionist Senator Sonny Angara thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for signing Republic Act 11215 or the National Integrated Cancer Control Act, saying this will boost government efforts to combat cancer and increase the fighting chance of patients to overcome the disease.

President Duterte signed on February 14, 2019 the law that will provide the framework for an integrated and comprehensive approach to health development, family-centered cancer control policies and programs, as well as interventions at all levels of the existing health care delivery system.

Angara— We need to act on reducing plastic straw use now

Posted on: Sun, 09/08/2019 - 12:05 By: admin

Manufacturers of pre-packed beverages should come up with environmentally-friendly designs for their products as a way to eliminate the use of plastic drinking straws.

Instead of an outright banning on the use of plastic straws, Senator Sonny Angara said it would be a better idea for establishments to charge their customers for the use of these straws.

Angara sees innovation as key to boosting exports

Posted on: Sun, 09/01/2019 - 10:04 By: admin

Senator Sonny Angara called for more support for local industries, with particular focus on diversification in order to boost exports and help the growth of the local economy.

Presiding over the Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) briefing on the proposed 2020 national budget as chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, Angara noted how Philippine exports, as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) has been declining.

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