MAR
16
2015

Future Proofing Our Country: Why DICT is an App We Need

Senate Bill No. 2686 Committee Report 113 Mr. President, my dear colleagues: This bill about broadband is not only being pushed by a broad band of groups, but has also benefited from their inputs which were gathered from many meetings. I have to stress the crowdsourcing way by
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MAR
09
2015

From the Farmers to the Farmers: Tapping Coco Levy Funds for the Industry’s Renaissance

There are two recommended ways of authorizing the management of coconut levy assets. First is via the executive route, where a factotum who cannot probably distinguish a palmera from a coconut tree will draft an order for the President’s consideration. The other is through
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MAR
03
2015

Making Tax Incentives Transparent

Committee Report No. 104  Tax Incentives Management and Transparency Act (TIMTA) You know that a bill is attracting interest when you begin your sponsorship speech not with the details of the measure but with a disclaimer. This bill will not appropriate tax incentives availed; it
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FEB
26
2015

Time to Boost Govt Spending for Oral Health: A State of the Ngipin Address (SONA)

“Para Sa Batang Pinoy” 2015 National Congress on Oral Health for Filipino Children Philippine Pediatric Dental Society, Inc. Thank you for that kind introduction. Magandang umaga po sa inyong lahat. I am supposed to be in a meeting that will establish the Mamasapano
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FEB
24
2015

The Importance of a Department of Information and Communications Technology

1st General Membership Meeting INFOCOMM TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES (ITAP) Thank you for that kind introduction, even if midway through your spiel, I was wondering if you were describing me or someone else. When I got hold of your invite, the first impression that
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JAN
27
2015

‘When Restos Offer Free Wi-Fi But Not Free Water, It’s Time To Strengthen Our Local Water Providers’

Co-Sponsorship Speech on SB No. 2518, CR No. 94 On the Condonation of Tax Liabilities of Water Districts Local Water Districts A typical Pinoy uses 180 liters of water daily – largely because he bathes twice, and she thrice a day. This comes up to a per capita water consumption
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NOV
18
2014

Time to Install a Rearview Mirror on the National Budget

Sponsorship Speech on the 2015 National Budget One hundred years ago the national budget was less than 30 pages long, that when folded, members of the Philippine legislature can carry it around in their pocket. Today, budget documents are hauled by forklifts and sent to Congress
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OCT
22
2014

Raise the tax exemption on 13th month pay – Co-sponsorship speech on SB No. 2437 under Committee Report No. 84

Co-sponsorship speech on SB No. 2437 under Committee Report No. 84 No tax law is chiseled in stone.  Revenue laws get amended or changed overtime. Economic developments trigger revisions in our tax code. So does technological advancement. For tax laws to be relevant, they must
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MAY
14
2014

Inauguration of the Puyat Steel Corporation’s Skin Pass Mill and Painting Line

I am here today because Tito Ed Reyes is a childhood hero of mine. I remember that while others of my age adored comic book heroes, mine were all real-life ones – Don Claro; his sons; Tito Ed; well, except, for Darna. For how could I be enthralled with Superman, when in Tito Ed,
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