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Comprehensive anti-discrimination bill clears House panel

The House human rights committee approved a bill that would ban discrimination based on a wide range of factors including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ethnicity, race, and religious belief......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarMay 20th, 2021

House panel OKs COVID anti-discrimination bill

A special panel of the House of Representatives has approved a proposed measure prohibiting and penalizing discrimination against coronavirus disease 2019 patients, health workers and repatriated overseas Filipino workers......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 28th, 2020

‘I cringe!’: Roman hits initial removal of SOGIE in proposed anti-discrimination bill

MANILA, Philippines — Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman did not mince words as she expressed her disappointment over the initial removal of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE) in the draft substitute bill of an anti-discrimination measure. During the technical working group meeting of the House committee on human rights, it was seen that […] The post ‘I cringe!’: Roman hits initial removal of SOGIE in proposed anti-discrimination bill appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 19th, 2020

House panel to probe PhilHealth anomalies Wednesday

The House Committee on Public Accounts is investigating the alleged irregularities and “systemic” corruption in the State-owned Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) on Wednesday. (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Anakalusugan partylist Rep. MIchael “Mike” Defensor, chairman of the panel, said the investigation was initially scheduled on Monday but they decided to reschedule it to Wednesday to ensure that invitations have been sent out to resource persons. “Sa Wednesday tayo (We will conduct the hearing on Wednesday), kasi dapat nga bukas talaga itong hearing (the hearing was initially scheduled tomorrow) pero (but) nakiusap sila (they appealed) na Wednesday na isagawa (that it be conducted on Wednesday) dahil sa kailangan ng oras sa imbitasyon (because more time is needed to send out invitations),” Defensor said. He said among those who are expected to attend the hearing are PhilHealth president and chief executive officer Ricardo Morales and former PhilHealth anti-fraud legal officer Thorrsson Keith who claimed that top agency officials are involved in the corruption. In a statement, Defensor said they are expecting Keith to shed light more on his allegations that millions of overseas Filipino workers should not be burdened to pay for the “spillages” of the agency as stated in his resignation letter. “Mr. Keith should explain what these spillages are, what are the instances of corruption in the State health insurance firm, and who are the officials and personnel involved,” he said. Keith’s resignation letter was circulated on social media. In that letter, he stated that his salary has not been given on time since he started investigating PhilHealth officers allegedly involved in the corruption. “It should be noted that the PhilHealth has had its share of corruption issues in the past,” Defensor said He recalled that in June this year, Malacañang called out the PhilHealth for its supposed inaction to look into the missing P154-billion funds within the agency through “fraudulent schemes.” The House leader cited that in August 2019, the Commission on Audit (CoA) also called out PhilHealth for the surge in the number of cases and reimbursement claims of members, particularly those from Rizal and Metro Manila for pneumonia, urinary tract infection, acute gastroenteritis, sepsis, and other diseases. He attributed that tens of billion in “overpayments” to the prevailing all-case rates (ACR) payment mechanism. “The case-rate system, under which there is a fixed cost for the treatment of certain diseases and for procedures, is really a loophole that is resulting in billions of losses on the part of PhilHealth. It is not surprising that it maybe a source of corruption,” he said. According to him, under the ACR payment mechanism, PhilHealth pays the hospital the “case rate even if the cost incurred by a member is much, much less.” “For instance, the case package for mild pneumonia is about P44,000. A hospital could declare that it treated a PhilHealth member for pneumonia even if he had only colds and fever,” he said. He laments that in some instances, a simple eye procedure was claimed as a cataract operation. Defensor said the PhilHealth should bill the actual cost of treatment or procedure, and that the case rates be declared as cost limits. He asked the PhilHealth officials to look into numerous claims for payment or reimbursement for the same or similar diseases or procedures, and involving the same doctors, clinics, or hospitals. “This has happened with pneumonia, eye problems, and dialysis and kidney ailments. They should have learned their lesson. It cannot continue to happen, unless some officials and personnel are involved in corruption,” he said. Defensor had filed House Resolution No. 1069 seeking motu proprio investigation on the corruption issues hounding PhilHealth that led to the resignation of several personalities. “When there seems to be a pattern of alleged abuses where loopholes can be taken advantage of by the unscrupulous, a systemic change needs to be done to overhaul the present set up,” he said......»»

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House panel approves absolute divorce bill

House panel approves absolute divorce bill.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 18th, 2021

House panel oks absolute divorce bill

A House panel yesterday approved a bill allowing absolute divorce in the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 18th, 2021

House panel unanimously OKs substitute divorce bill

A House committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a substitute divorce bill crafted by a technical working group......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 17th, 2021

House panel targets 2022 budget approval in a week

Marathon hearings will be held by the House appropriations committee to ensure that the budget bill for 2022 is passed by the panel in one week’s time......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 5th, 2021

Private schools hail House panel s approval of bill clarifying tax rates

Private school alliances have welcomed the approval by the House Committee on Ways and Means of a bill clarifying the income tax of proprietary educational institutions......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 4th, 2021

House panel OKs bill protecting portion of Benham Rise

A House panel has approved a measure seeking to mandate the protection of a portion of the Philippine Rise following intrusion by a Chinese vessel earlier this year......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 9th, 2021

House clears vaporized nicotine product bill on final reading

The House of Representatives on Monday approved with an overwhelming 192 affirmative votes, 34 negative and four abstentions on third and final reading a bill that seeks to regulate the manufacture, use, sale, packaging, distribution and communication of electronic nicotine and non-nicotine delivery systems, or electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products, in the Philippines......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 25th, 2021

Bayanihan 3 hurdles House panel

The proposed Bayanihan to Arise as One Act or “Bayanihan 3” bill has hurdled the committee level in the House of Representatives and should be ready for plenary deliberations next week......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 21st, 2021

House panel OKs Bayanihan 3 bill

House panel OKs Bayanihan 3 bill.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsMay 21st, 2021

Intersex excluded from definition of sex in draft anti-discrimination bill

Including intersex in the definition of sex would have been a landmark recognition of intersex people in legislation, which currently only recognizes two sexes — man and woman......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 11th, 2021

Salceda bill pushes pension reforms for uniformed services

MANILA, Philippines — Albay Rep. Joey Salceda has filed a bill to fix the pension system for military and other uniformed personnel (MUP) as it faces an “imminent existential threat” because its current funding will be “unsustainable” if no reforms are made soon. Salceda, the House ways and means panel chair, said the MUP pension […] The post Salceda bill pushes pension reforms for uniformed services appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 1st, 2021

DDB backs House bill amending Drugs Act

The Dangerous Drugs Board on Saturday welcomed the approval of the bill proposing amendments to the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 6th, 2021

Presumption of guilt? Proponents defend drug bill

Proponents defended the measure recently passed by the House of Representatives that aims to give more teeth to the country’s anti-drug law, but which critics decry as unconstitutional......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 5th, 2021

House panel approves tax exemption on LGU purchases of COVID-19 shots

The House Ways and Means Committee approved the tax provision of House Bill 8648 or the Emergency Vaccine Procurement Act of 2021, which seeks to authorize local governments to procure COVID-19 shots on their own without having to go through public bidding......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2021

House panel OKs bill on tax-free vaccines

House panel OKs bill on tax-free vaccines.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2021

House bill allows LGUs to buy vaccines directly

A House panel approved a bill that allows local government units to purchase COVID-19 vaccines directly from manufacturers......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2021

House panel OKs bill creating 4 Cavite RTCs

The House justice committee has approved a bill creating four additional regional trial courts in Bacoor City, Cavite......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2021