Angara Welcomes the Addition of More Lifesaving Drugs to the List of VAT-Exempt Medicines

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2024 - 15:31 By: admin

Filipinos suffering from cancer, hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease, mental illness, high cholesterol and tuberculosis will now have more medicines available to them at affordable prices with the latest approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of 20 new drugs exempted from the value added tax (VAT).

Senator Sonny Angara said there are now over 2,000 vat-exempt drugs for the prevention and management of specific ailments, which include some of the most prevalent among the population.

FIBA World Cup 2023 Hosting Opens the Doors for Bigger Things in the Future—SBP Chairman Angara

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2024 - 15:26 By: admin

The Philippines’ successful hosting of the 2023 FIBA Men’s Basketball World Cup last year, not only placed the country on the map of hoops fans globally, but also opens up the doors for even more opportunities in the future, Senator Sonny Angara said today.

Angara, who serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), led the sponsorship of Senate Resolution No. 857 during the Senate’s plenary session on Tuesday, to honor all the organizations and individuals who helped in making the hosting of the momentous event a reality.

Game changing Tatak Pinoy (Proudly Filipino bill approved by the Senate

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2024 - 15:18 By: admin

The Senate has approved on third and final reading the Tatak Pinoy (Proudly Filipino) bill that will boost the efforts to elevate the Philippines to the ranks of the world’s strongest and most vibrant economies.

A total of 23 senators, from the majority and the minority, voted in favor of Senate Bill 2426 or the Tatak Pinoy Act, introduced and sponsored by Finance Committee Chairman Senator Sonny Angara.

Angara pushes for the commemoration of the arrival of Islam in the Philippines as a special national working holiday

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2024 - 15:16 By: admin

Senator Sonny Angara is pushing for the declaration of November 7 of every year as a special working holiday in commemoration of the first mosque and the introduction of Islam in the country.

Filipino Muslims have long commemorated the arrival of Islam in the Philippines on November 7, which marks the arrival of Arab missionary Sheikh Karim’ul Makhdum in 1380 at Sinumul Island in Tawi-Tawi and the construction of the country’s first Mosque there.

Angara renews financial commitment for country’s first lung transplant program

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2024 - 15:13 By: admin

Senator Sonny Angara on Tuesday reaffirmed the Senate’s unwavering financial commitment to advance the country’s first-ever lung transplant program during the 42nd founding anniversary celebration of the Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP) in Quezon City.

Angara, chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, announced an additional P50 million in funding for the LCP through the 2024 General Appropriations Act (GAA), building on his initial push of P20 million in the 2022 GAA to establish the Lung Transplant Program for Patients with Advanced Lung Disease.

Speech of Senator Sonny Angara, amendments to the 2024 General Appropriations Bill (GAB)

Posted on: Tue, 11/28/2023 - 17:08 By: admin

Amendments —Committee Report No. 155 on HBN 8980—An Act Appropriating Funds for the Operation of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines from January One to December Thirty-One, Two Thousand and Twenty-Four, and for other purposes (2024 General Appropriations Act) 

Full text: Senator Sonny Angara's sponsorship speech endorsing the Tatak Pinoy Bill

Posted on: Thu, 08/31/2023 - 15:32 By: admin


Sponsorship Speech for SBN 2426, under CRN 107—An Act Mandating the Formulation, Funding, Implementation, Monitoring, and Evaluation of Comprehensive and Multi-Year “Tatak Pinoy” (Proudly Filipino) Strategy, Establishing a Tatak Pinoy Council, Appropriating Funds Therefor, and For Other Purposes

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023

Senator Sonny Angara
Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance

Institutionalization of Shared Service Facilities to ensure its continued funding for the benefit of MSMEs

Posted on: Mon, 05/22/2023 - 15:49 By: admin


Senator Sonny Angara lauded the Senate for its quick approval of the bill institutionalizing the Shared Service Facilities (SSF) project of the Department of Trade Industry, which he said will go a long way in supporting the growth and development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

Senate Bill No. 2021, which was approved on third and final reading today with a vote of 22-0 with no abstentions, amends Republic Act No. 6977 or the Magna Carta for Small Enterprises.

Angara pushes for the institutionalization of the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS)

Posted on: Sun, 04/23/2023 - 15:48 By: admin

Recognizing the successes of the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Senator Sonny Angara is calling for the institutionalization of the program that has helped poor Filipinos when they need it the most.

In filing Senate Bill 2032, Angara noted that there are still a significant number of Filipinos living in poverty, with families belonging to the lowest income decile making a mere P9,416 a month or P113,000 annually.

Angara assures there is funding under the 2023 GAA for cancer treatment 

Posted on: Sat, 04/15/2023 - 10:45 By: admin

In anticipation of the influx of cancer patients seeking treatment at the government health facilities, Senator Sonny Angara assured that there are funds under the national budget for this purpose.

The head of the Philippine General Hospital’s Cancer Institute, Dr. Jorge Ignacio recently noted that the state-run institution is “bracing for the worst” in the next two to three years as more cancer patients flock to them to seek treatment.

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